Recruiting News and Notes: 11/20

The Buckeyes have a little less than three months left to close out the 2014 recruiting class. Here's a look at some of the top targets remaining and the outlook.

LATEST ON TOP TARGETS

Johnnie Dixon - The latest I'm hearing on the Palm Beach standout is that he will stay south. The only debate would be whether or not that is at Alabama or Miami.

The Hurricanes have hosted him several times throughout his recruitment, but have not anytime recently. They hold the home-field advantage for Dixon and offer him a better chance to play right away, as opposed to the Tide. He visited Alabama recently and I've heard whispers about him returning to Tuscaloosa for another trip. He makes his decision November 30.

Raekwon McMillan - At this point in his recruitment, it's tough to really sift through all the information you hear and figure out what is real and what is out there to just be a smokescreen. He's been an Ohio State lean for essentially his entire recruitment, and now everything out there seems to be pointing away from the Buckeyes.

Should we believe it? One can never fully know. I tend not to in this case. The word now is that he's having reservations about leaving and going to college too far from home. For the entirety of his process before that, it wasn't an issue. He took several unofficial visits to Columbus and you only go forward in that manner if you are comfortable leaving the southeast, in my opinion.

I have the Buckeyes still as the team to land McMillan's services. However, I am beginning to pay attention more to what I'm hearing on Alabama, rather than Clemson.

Marshon Lattimore AND Erick Smith - They are scheduled to take their official visit to Alabama this weekend with Buckeyes commit and teammate Marcelys Jones. The Crimson Tide have lingered for the two but I think it's more of an infatuation with their winning ways and program.

In the end, the Buckeyes should be the team. It's hard to see Smith and Lattimore going that far from Ohio. They take their official visits to Columbus the weekend of December 13.

Chad Mavety - Florida State is a bit of a threat here for the Buckeyes' chances. They have the momentum right now and he is fond of what they have to offer. The Seminoles will lose a few starters, who plan to leave school early for the NFL. Mavety has also struck up a relationship with Jameis Winston and they could both play next season together and head to the league.

He is still taking an official visit to Ohio State and it's not to just have another free trip. The Buckeyes get their chance and he's been high on the program for nearly half a year. Mavety has already been to the campus for an unofficial visit.

The official visit for the Indiana game is an official visit and he will get the red carpet treatment and then some. I think he's headed back to Columbus for a reason. To commit. Ohio State won't let him leave without one. A decision will come soon after the visit is complete.

Solomon Thomas - I'm going by the "watch what they do, not what they say" theory here and believe Ohio State and Stanford are on top. He's taken two unofficial trips to each, and those aren't cheap. That means business.

I expect him to take a few official visits, most notably to Palo Alto and Columbus. He's fond of both but I'm going with the Buckeyes for Thomas. If he was sold on the idea of attending Stanford, he wouldn't have taken the second unofficial to Columbus, in my opinion.

OUTLOOK

I have the Buckeyes landing Raekwon McMillan, Chad Mavety, Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, and Solomon Thomas. I think there's room for another prospect or two as well.

Offensive line and wide receiver would be positions to keep an eye on. They need an outside receiving threat still and need to continue to add depth on the offensive line.

Another position where depth is still needed is linebacker. I wouldn't be surprised to see another target emerge at the position, alongside Raekwon. They might want to add two more at the position, and maybe a junior college guy could be an answer. The current depth there is alarming, as was evident against Illinois.

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