Buckeye Wide Receiver Recruits

The commitment of Johnnie Dixon should end wide receiver recruiting for Ohio State in the 2014 class. Adding Dixon to Terry McLaurin, Noah Brown and Curtis Samuel gives the Buckeyes yet another four-star recruit. What does each player bring to the table?

Ohio State has landed four highly-rated wide receiver prospects in the 2014 recruiting class, and each player is ranked as a four-star recruit.

What does each player bring to the table, and how will they fit in at Ohio State? Derek Young and Bill Greene take a closer look at all four.

Terry McLaurin. 6-foot/175-pounds. Indianapolis Cathedral.

YOUNG: McLaurin has great straight-ahead speed, but I don't see him with the wiggle of say a Dontre Wilson. I see him playing inside in the slot, because he's not physically strong. I think he redshirts next year, but after seeing how hard he worked for the Ohio State offer, I have no doubt he will put in the work to get stronger.

GREENE: I also like the work ethic and how hard he competed for his Ohio State offer. He has the speed, but he also showed really good hands and made tough catches at both Ohio State camps. Also see him as a redshirt next year, and he's going to have to battle some very talented slot receivers for playing time, but he is a battler from the word go.

Curtis Samuel. 6-foot/185-pounds. Brooklyn Erasmus.

YOUNG: I haven't seen him in person, but what he did at The Opening speaks for itself. He's in the Dontre Wilson mode, but he's a lot stronger. I think he's another slot receiver, but could finally be the Percy Harvin receiver they've been looking for. He has the speed and I think he might play next year, rather than redshirt. The depth chart is stacked with speed guys, but he played a lot of runningback in high school so he could be used in the backfield a little.

GREENE: Only going off film and what I saw on TV from The Opening, Samuel appears to be another slot receiver, but I would rank him ahead of McLaurin. With Wilson, James Clark and Jalin Marshall in the picture, it's tough to see him playing much next year, but that's what competition is all about. Might take a while to learn the receiver position, but he could factor in the return game early.

Noah Brown. 6-foot-2/215-pounds.Sparta (NY) Pope John XXIII.

YOUNG: He seems to be another player that played all over the place, at runningback and wide receiver. Did not see him in person, but his film shows a big, strong outside receiver at Ohio State. He might have a chance to play next year, and the depth chart is better for an outside player than a slot receiver. His film was impressive.

GREENE: I like what I see, but the high school competition was beyond awful in the film I watched. He also played a lot of runningback, so he's going to be behind everyone competing on the outside. I think he redshirts, and learns the position behind older, more experienced players. Has the body and the speed to be a good one, but I think he's too raw to contribute right away.

Johnnie Dixon. 5-foot-11/200-pounds. Palm Beach Dwyer.

YOUNG: After seeing him in person, Dixon is the most polished of the group, and should be able to play right away. He's not real big, but he's built great and really strong. He has great hands and will play on the outside. To me, Johnnie Dixon is the best wide receiver they've recruited since Urban Meyer took over at Ohio State. He can challenge all the outside guys for playing time next season.

GREENE: I like to think I'm an expert on the Florida wide receivers, because I've seen most of the great ones in person the past five years. I love Dixon, and he has everything needed to be a star at Ohio State. His camp performance as a wideout might be the best I've ever seen in all the Buckeye camps I've covered, and there was no hiding the excitement both Urban Meyer and Zach Smith had in observing him. I think he plays next year, and he comes from a program that sends guys to the next level ready to go. He would be my favorite of the four commits, and although that's hard to say without observing all of them in person, it's not close in my opinion. The other three might all end up great players at Ohio State, but my money is on Dixon being the best of the bunch.

SUMMARY: Although Malik Hooker is listed as a wide receiver and could play there, he is being recruited to play safety and that's where he will start out. I expect Marshon Lattimore to be in this class, and he is another one that could play wide receiver, but I see him playing cornerback. Parris Campbell could play a number of positions at Ohio State, including wide receiver, but it's tough to list him there because he's never played the position.


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