Don't Forget These Buckeye Commits

While many focus on the final days of the recruiting frenzy, a class like Ohio State's has plenty of talent that joined up many months ago. With that in mind, BSB takes a look at those early commits that fans don't want to forget about going into signing day.

One year ago, while fans and media fawned over the strong finish the Ohio State football team made in recruiting, Urban Meyer had a reminder.

Don't forget the beginnings, either.

While much of the talk was about last-second steals like Dontre Wilson and Vonn Bell, the Ohio State head football coach reminded media not to forget about players like Joey Bosa and Billy Price, players who committed early in the process and then almost became taken for granted by some.

Of course, Meyer proved to be a smart guy. Bosa went on to earn freshman All-American honors as a starter along a loaded defensive line, while Price appears to have a bright future despite moving to the offensive line early in his OSU career.

So who are some of those players who committed long ago who might end up being difference makers for the Buckeyes this time around? BSB takes a look.

Sam Hubbard
Committed April 5, 2013
The Cincinnati Moeller product is the only five-star player in Ohio State's class but just doesn't seem to get talked about nearly as much as someone who has that honor. By all accounts, his performance in the Ohio Division I state title game solidified his spot at the top of the rankings to most observers, as Hubbard – while playing safety – was able to bring down every ball carrier that entered his area. That's exactly the kind of skill the Buckeyes need on defense after a season in which Ohio State had a number of fundamental flaws on defense, including issues with tackling in the open field. The No. 29-rated player in the nation, Hubbard should likely start at OSU as a linebacker, but his experience in the defensive backfield means he should have some comfort playing in space. There are some highly rated linebackers in this class, but the former lacrosse player might be the one closest to immediate playing time given his combination of skills.

Damon Webb
Committed Jan. 13, 2013
Just the second player to commit to the class of 2014, Webb merely spent his senior season shutting down opponents and piling up accolades, including the U.S. Army All-American Bowl's Lockheed Martin Defensive Back of the Year Award for the whole country. It's hard to get much better than that, and Webb – the No. 42 overall player in the country – deserves the honor after leading the powerful Cass Tech program to another successful season. At 6-0, he has good size for the cornerback position, and he impressed when he went to the Army Bowl and went toe-to-toe with some of the most explosive offensive players in the nation. Ohio State will have an opening at cornerback and there won't be a ton of entrants; Webb could very well be in the running against players like Armani Reeves, Eli Apple and Gareon Conley.

Kyle Berger
Committed April 8, 2013
It's easy to forget just how good Berger is considering he missed the entirety of his senior season of prep football at Cleveland St. Ignatius thanks to a knee injury suffered in the preseason. But just look at the national rankings. Berger didn't play his final year of prep ball but is still rated the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country and the nation's No. 67 player overall. That doesn't happen if someone is a slouch. Berger's bona fides precede him, including his ability to make plays in space. Assuming the knee stays healthy – and there's no reason to think it won't – the Buckeyes could have a steal. And just like Hubbard, he comes in at a position of need and should at least be in the mix on special teams in 2014.

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