The Buckeyes are a week removed from one of the more impressive consecutive recruiting victories in the entire country with the commitments from Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon. Both are four-star recruits that will enroll early in Columbus and compete for immediate playing time.
McMillan and Dixon give Ohio State 19 commitments for the class. The Buckeyes should be able to add four to five more prospects for their 2014 class. Who's in the mix?
Frank Ragnow. Four-star offensive lineman. Chanhassen (MN). Ohio State offered Ragnow a little over a month ago but haven't pursued him aggressively. There's a chance he takes an official visit to Columbus to check out the Buckeyes next month. He's still a backup option at this point.
Roderick Johnson. Four-star offensive tackle. Florissant (MO) Hazelwood Central. His most recent visit was to Florida State and has had them out front for his services for the entirety of his recruitment. A commitment has not happened and an official visit to Ohio State is being contemplated. He has to be at the top of the list of targets along the offensive line and an official visit would mean it's game on.
Solomon Thomas. Five-star defensive end. Coppell (TX). He's taken two unofficial visits to both Ohio State and Stanford. His actions suggest that the Cardinal and Buckeyes top his list but a flashy hire at Texas could place the Longhorns squarely in the mix as well. He has an official visit scheduled for Columbus on the last weekend before Signing Day and those trips should dictate what direction he decides to go in.
Derrick Nnadi. Four-star defensive tackle. Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes. Nnadi was thought to be a significant lean to Virginia Tech throughout his process but he has yet to budge and commit. That is telling to me. Zach Smith has done a terrific job in this recruitment and Nnadi is scheduled to take an official visit to Ohio State on January 17. I think he could be one of the surprise pulls of the Buckeyes' class.
Malik McDowell. Four-star defensive end. Southfield (MI). McDowell will take an official visit to Columbus on January 31, the same weekend as Solomon Thomas. The Buckeyes are in contention but still have some ground to make up from my vantage point. Michigan and Michigan State are his suitors.
Marshon Lattimore. Four-star cornerback. Cleveland (OH) Glenville. He's already taken his official to Ohio State. Lattimore also made trips to Alabama and Georgia Tech. The Buckeyes should land him when he makes his college decision during the U.S. Army All-America Game.
Erick Smith. Four-star safety. Cleveland (OH) Glenville. His recruitment has taken the same path as teammate Marshon Lattimore and will continue to. Buckeye.
Ohio State has official visits tentatively lined up for other targets in the secondary but I expect those to disappear once Smith and Lattimore are added.
The Buckeyes will look to add four to five others in the class. An offensive lineman, a defensive lineman, and the two Glenville prospects. Another big-time target could join the fold as well if he falls into their laps.
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