December is almost upon us which means only a little over two months remains in the 2014 recruiting cycle. Ohio State enters the last stages with 17 commits. Though a definitive number is never clear, it is reasonable think five to seven slots remain open.
QB: Stephen Collier
Ohio State may make a late run at a few top prospects at the position such as Deshaun Watson or Jerrod Heard but I expect them to be done at the position.
RB: Parris Campbell
The Buckeyes have not pursued any targets with any urgency at the position which leads me to believe they're finished here as well.
WR: Noah Brown, Curtis Samuel, and Terry McLaurin
Urgency is being applied here in the search for another playmaker on the outside. Josh Malone and Travis Rudolph have eliminated Ohio State. Johnnie Dixon is still around but I suspect him to choose to play his football elsewhere soon. Trevion Thompson took an official visit to Columbus last weekend. He seems like the most likely candidate at this point. Ohio State and Clemson seem to be his top two destinations. The Buckeyes could surprise everyone and add him to the haul.
The Buckeyes wanted Mike Gesicki but struck out when he elected to commit to Penn State. Tight end may be a position they'd like to land but they haven't located anyone else they like yet.
OL: Demetrius Knox, Jamarco Jones, Kyle Trout, and Marcelys Jones
One or two more players will be added to this position group. They offered Frank Ragnow but have not actively pursued since. The most likely target left for the Buckeyes to land is Chad Mavety. He's deciding between Florida State and Ohio State soon and the Buckeyes like their chances. Alex Bookser is another remaining target but he is expected to stay closer to home and choose Pittsburgh.
DL: Jalyn Holmes and Dylan Thompson
If Ohio State has their way, the defensive line is not a finished product. They decided to move on from Thomas Holley, leaving Solomon Thomas as the lone target remaining. Stanford and Ohio State are the presumed leaders but the Buckeyes are in a battle. I expect another player to emerge as a possibility to join the class as we inch closer to Signing Day.
LB: Kyle Berger, Dante Booker, and Sam Hubbard
One of the main goals of the class was to add more depth to the position and they have done just that with the three four-star prospects from Ohio. Raekwon McMillan is getting the full court press and the entire attention of the staff is being placed on him. He's making it seem like a close call but the Buckeyes should be safe. McMillan should sign with Ohio State.
CB: Damon Webb
They have one cornerback committed in the class but they'll land another shortly after the new year. Glenville's Marshon Lattimore is expected to announce his college choice at the U.S. Army All-America game and Ohio State will be the pick.
S: Malik Hooker
The safety position is shaping up exactly like the cornerbacks in the class. One is locked up and they will eventually land Cleveland Glenville's Erick Smith to close out the class.
K: Sean Nuernberger
Outlook: The Buckeyes have 17 prospects in the fold and they should close out 4 more spots with Chad Mavety, Raekwon McMillan, Marshon Lattimore, and Erick Smith. That will leave them with 2-3 more spots available.
With the few spots left they will look to add another receiver to the group first and foremost. The one or two other spots could be claimed by another offensive lineman or be used on the best available. The coaching carousel will cause more instability for a few recruiting classes. One or two more prospects we are not talking about now could definitely join the discussion a month and a half from now.
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