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Ohio State is in the College Football Playoff this year.
The Buckeyes might be there in the upcoming seasons, too, if Scout's Freshman All-America team is any indication.
Four Buckeyes have been named Freshman All-Americans by Scout.com in quarterback J.T. Barrett, linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, and cornerback Eli Apple. In addition, starting offensive guard Billy Price has been named a second-team choice.
It's all part of a youth movement for Ohio State that still hasn't kept the Buckeyes from the No. 4 ranking in the nation and spot vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, a national playoff semifinal. Barrett, Lee, Apple and Price are all redshirt freshmen, while McMillan is a true freshman.
Barrett leads the charge after being named Scout's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year as well as the Big Ten's Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year. Barrett broke his leg in the Michigan game but in 12 starts completed 203 of 314 passes (64.6 percent) for 2,834 yards, 34 TDs and 10 interceptions while rushing 171 times for 938 yards and 11 scores. He broke the Big Ten record for total touchdowns responsible for (45) and set school records for total offense, TD passes, rushing yards in a game for a QB and longest run for a QB.
Barrett was a four-star prospect according to Scout and the No. 151 overall player in the class of 2013.
Lee was a four-star prospect in the same class after playing mostly quarterback at New Albany High School in suburban Columbus, but he burst onto the scene this year as the team's starting walkout linebacker. On the campaign, Lee finished third on the team with 66 tackles and added 13.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries returned for touchdowns and a forced fumble.
McMillan is the only member of the class of 2014 in the group as he was the No. 50 overall player as rated by Scout coming out of Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County. McMillan split time at middle linebacker this year with senior and mentor Curtis Grant, making 49 tackles to go with six TFL, 2.5 sacks and an interception.
Apple was the No. 11 corner and No. 111 overall player in the class of 2013, fulfilling a dream he's had for years. After taking a redshirt last year he's had a huge 2014, beating out classmate Gareon Conley for the starting role and totaling 41 tackles, 5.5 TFL, two interceptions, seven pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Price was, to some, a surprise starter at the guard spot for OSU but he became an excellent road grader at left guard for the Buckeyes. A four-star defensive tackle in the class of 2013 and the No. 204 player that year, Price started his career at OSU on defense but moved to offense last year and helped pave the way for an offense that has averaged 507.6 yards per game.
That 2013 class was rated No. 1 in the nation by Scout.