Ohio State will soon wrap up its 2014 class and put an even greater emphasis on recruiting the next group.
Ohio State has already brought in a couple commitments from the junior class in athlete Eric Glover-Williams and defensive back Jamel Dean.
Below are a handful of names to keep an eye on for the 2015 class that the Buckeyes will pursue with a large amount of intensity.
Jacques Patrick. Four-star running back. Orlando (FL) Timber Creek. He's been to Ohio State twice already and will be back. Florida State may be in the best shape but the Buckeyes are in contention.
Jerome Baker. Four-star linebacker. Cleveland (OH) Benedictine. Baker could be the best prospect in Ohio for the 2015 class. He'll look at other schools but Ohio State should land him.
Justin Hilliard. Four-star linebacker. Cincinnati (OH) St. Xavier. The Buckeyes are in a better spot for Baker but are hanging around for Hilliard, who is also looking at Notre Dame, Michigan, and a few SEC schools.
James Daniels. Three-star offensive lineman. Warren (OH) Harding. He's the lone in-state offer along the offensive line and could project to be a center at the next level. Daniels' father played at Ohio State and I expect him to follow that path.
Drew Richmond. Four-star offensive tackle. Memphis (TN) University School. The Volunteers are trying to make a push for Richmond but the Buckeyes have been in terrific shape the entire way. He'll take his time throughout the process but Ohio State is in command position.
Brandon Wimbush. Four-star quarterback. Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep. Penn State is the lone threat to Ohio State. I think he favors the Buckeyes right now and he is expected to make his decision before the other targets at the position.
Lorenzo Nunez. Four-star quarterback. Kennesaw (GA) Harrison. Like Wimbush, Nunez has camped at Ohio State and made another separate unofficial visit. He has the Buckeyes high up on his list but it could be a situation where it's the first to make their choice.
Torrance Gibson. Four-star quarterback. Plantation (FL) American Heritage. He's another quarterback prospect but has the ability to project at receiver as well. Gibson is high on Ohio State and the real question here will be what happens if the Buckeyes land another quarterback first.
Jeffery Holland. Four-star linebacker. Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian. Holland was expected to be a lock to Florida but the uncertainty there has opened things up a bit. Ohio State is one of the schools that has recruited him the hardest.
Minkah Fitzpatrick. Four-star cornerback. Jersey City (NJ) St. Peter's Prep. He's one of the best at his position for the 2015 class and a teammate of Brandon Wimbush's. Fitzpatrick has offers from everywhere and will be a tough pull but I expect Ohio State to be in it for the long haul.
Sterling Jenkins. Four-star offensive tackle. Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin. The Buckeyes were behind by a considerable margin going into his most recent Ohio State visit. I think the tide was shifted on that trip. Jenkins came away with a newfound appreciation of the program, leaving Ohio State squarely in the mix and possibly the leader.
Brian Cole. Four-star wide receiver. Saginaw (MI) Heritage. Cole has been to Ohio State a couple times and the Buckeye staff would love to land him. The in-state schools are probably in the best spot but not for a lack of effort from the Buckeyes' end.
Mike Weber. Four-star running back. Detroit (MI) Cass Tech. Ohio State has recruited Weber hard but the multiple visits to Michigan State is telling. I don't think everyone in his camp has come to a collective decision yet. I'd expect the Spartans to be the decision at this point.
Names for 2015
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