Several players either committed to Ohio State, or considering the Buckeyes will be in action starting with the first practice on Monday, December 30th.
OHIO STATE TARGETS:
Marshon Lattimore: Cleveland Glenville. Defensive back/wide receiver. FOUR-STAR. Will be making his choice during the game, and Ohio State is the heavy favorite. Want to see what position Lattimore plays all week, and I hope it's at defensive back. He always rises to the challenge of going against great players, and this will give him that chance.
Erick Smith: Cleveland Glenville. Safety. FOUR-STAR. Will also be making his choice during the game, and is expected to choose the same school as Lattimore. Really came on this year and elevated his game to a higher level. Will play safety in the game, and it will be fun to see how he stacks up against the best when they go live in practice. Smith's physical play should serve him well.
Derrick Nnadi: Virginia Beach. Defensive tackle. FOUR-STAR. While Ohio State might not be considered the favorite for Nnadi, they are very much in the game. Has an official visit to Ohio State in January. Have not seen him in person yet, so this will be a good opportunity to evaluate Nnadi up close and personal.
Solomon Thomas: Coppell, Texas. Defensive end. FIVE-STAR. The top defensive lineman on Ohio State's board and the apple of Mike Vrabel's eye for a while now. Ohio State has a real shot A.T. Thomas, and they will get an official visit in late January. Also have not seen Thomas in person yet, and looking forward to it.
OHIO STATE COMMITS:
Dante Booker. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary. Outside linebacker. FOUR-STAR. This is a great forum for Booker to show the skills that have him highly rated. I know he can run and change direction, so I'm looking for how physical he plays against some of the top offensive linemen in the country. With no proven talent returning at outside linebacker next year at Ohio State, Booker will get his chance to play if he's good enough.
Johnnie Dixon: Palm Beach Dwyer. Wide receiver. FOUR-STAR. Want to see Dixon build on what I saw at camp last summer, and he put on as fine a camp performance as I've ever seen at Ohio State. Have not seen Dixon in pads yet, so this one is high on my list of players to watch.
Jalyn Holmes: Norfolk, Va. Defensive end. FOUR-STAR. Another player that I'm looking forward to seeing live on a daily basis. Looking to see if he's strong enough to hold up at the point of attack, and right now he looks like a redshirt candidate.
Marcelys Jones: Cleveland Glenville. Guard. THREE-STAR. Will get an opportunity to erase a disappointing senior year where he was benched on offense mid-way through the season. Will play guard at Army, and it will be interesting to see him in one-on-one action going against highly rated defensive linemen.
Curtis Samuel: Brooklyn. Wide receiver. FOUR-STAR. Because he plays highly suspect competition in high school, there will always be doubts. He did well in shorts and tee shirts at The Opening, and now he gets a shot in full pads going against more top competition. Want to see how handles physical press coverage.
Demetrius Knox: Fort Worth, Texas. Guard. FOUR-STAR. Is he physically ready to come in and contribute next year for Ohio State? Excited to see Knox in person going against great players daily. Might be the most advanced of the four Buckeye offensive line commits.
Damon Webb: Detroit Cass Tech. FOUR-STAR. Gets a chance on the national stage to answer the doubts about his height and speed. He always shows up to play when the lights come in, and I'm expecting big things out of Webb in San Antonio. Is he ready to jump guys like Cam Burrows, Eli Apple, Gareon Conley and Armani Reeves for the spot opposite Doran Grant? Or is he headed for a redshirt season at Ohio State?