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2014 tOSU Recruiting Discussion

Discussion in 'Football Recruiting' started by MuckFichigain, Apr 6, 2012.

  1. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick

    Interesting word on Johnson that academics had held up the offers to this point. Sounds like he could be a top 100 type guy as the offers keeo coming in.
  2. HorticullyBuck

    HorticullyBuck miniature giant space buckeye!

    what is going to be our main focus this batch? seems were good on DL since past two years
  3. Buckeye86

    Buckeye86 I do not choose to discuss it

    As we have seen twice already with Snodgrass and Lonnie Johnson, some of these early offers are likely not of the commitable variety.

    The ability to carpool or coordinate with a teammate and/or his family on a trip would seemingly increase the likelihood that those players (especially the ones from farther away) would be able to make it to Columbus.

    Offering teammates not-necessarily-commitable offers seems like a smart strategy to try to get more kids on campus.

    Basically everything other than DL in my opinion.

    Offensive linemen and linebackers would be my top two priorities, but defensive backs, quarterbacks and offensive skill positions are all areas that the staff looks like they are hitting hard as well.

    It looks like they are being slightly more selective with the DL, but with guys like Hand in the mix it still seems like they are going to add at least one or two (hopefully extremely elite) players there as well.

    It is often mentioned that Meyer signed Tim Tebow and Cam Newton in back-to-back classes at Florida. I think areas of need affect how many players at a certain position Meyer ultimately brings in to a certain class, but I think his overall strategy is to go after top talent at all positions every year regardless of who is currently on the team.
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  4. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick

    So with this talk, here is an extremely early guess at how the class could fill out. This list is a semi-realistic wishlist. The italicized players are the ones I feel fairly confident about:
    1. QB: DeShaun Watson (GA)/Drew Barker (KY)/Will Ulmer (MD)
    2. RB: Jonathan Haden (D.C.)/Elijah Hood (NC)
    3. WR: Marshon Lattimore (OH)/Demare Kitt (GA)/Artavis Scott (FL)/Saeed Blacknall (NJ)
    4. WR: Thaddeus Snodgrass (OH)/Dominique Booth (IN)
    5. WR: Myles Autry (GA)/Josh Malone (TN)/Isaiah Ford (FL)
    6. TE: Jeb Blazevich (NC)/Mark Andrews (AZ)/Garrett Dickerson (NJ)
    7. OL: Orlando Brown (GA)/Alex Bars (TN)
    8. OL: Damian Prince (MD)/Quenton Nelson (NJ)/Marcelys Jones (OH)
    9. OL: Jamarco Jones (IL)/Sam Mustipher (MD)/Natrell Curtis (AZ)
    10. DL: Deshawn Hand (VA)/Andrew Brown (VA)/Lorenzo Carter (GA)/Anthony Moten (FL)
    11. LB: Raekwon McMillan (GA)
    12. LB: Clifton Garrett (IL)
    13. LB: Dante Booker (OH)/Kyle Berger (OH)
    14. DB: Quin Blanding (VA)/Montae Nicholson (PA)/Laurence Jones (LA)
    15. DB: Jabrill Peppers (NJ)/Jalen Tabor (D.C.)/Tony Brown (TX)
    16. DB: Nick Glass (GA)/Quincy Wilson (FL)/D'Andre Payne (D.C.)
    17. ATH: Jalen Hurd (TN)/Lonnie Johnson (IN)/Jalen Brown (AZ)

    - If we get an extra scholarship or two to give out, I would guess it goes towards LB or OL. I am interested to see how OL and WR shakes out. I think we want AT LEAST two true tackles, ideally Prince, Brown, and maybe add Jones. At WR you can bank on Lattimore and Snodgrass (if they take him), plus Autry looks awfully likely and no way we turn him down. Beyond those 3, there appear to be plenty of talented takers and UFM loves him some playmakers.

    LB appears to be the least drama. I'm extremely confident McMillan is in, with a VERY high chance on Garrett and Booker. I would think we only have room for 3.
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2012
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  5. FlyerBuck

    FlyerBuck Semper Fidelis

    No Lonnie Johnson?
  6. BearBuck27

    BearBuck27 Game Day!!!


    I think a kicker finds his way in the class too.
  7. stowfan

    stowfan Senior

    Based on your list, we may take as few as 3 or 4 Ohio guys, what kind of stuff is this?:nerd:
  8. GeorgiaBuck2

    GeorgiaBuck2 Lets Go!

    Talent isn't that great in Ohio next year, unfortunately...
  9. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick

    Haha ComputerBuck at his finest :biggrin: But '14 is not a particularly loaded year in Ohio and with limited numbers, I think we could very well see less than half of the class made up of Ohio prospects. Lattimore, Booker, and Ferns makes up one heck of a top 3 but I don't see many plan A type of guys beyond them. However, there are plenty of good prospects (Byrne, Snodgrass, Berger, Marcelys Jones, etc.) that would be great additions to this class, plus "late bloomer" types that inevitably pop up every year with film.

    However, the staff just has to slow play some of these types due to limited numbers. I doubt any prospect outside of Booker or Lattimore are accepted until we figure out the deal on some other guys first. We are in on elite talent all across the country with limited numbers, so we can't afford to accept an early verbal in '14 unless it is a player UFM is positive about.
  10. wadc45

    wadc45 #GiveItToMeAgain Staff Member

    I think the staff will aggressively go after Berger...
  11. ant80

    ant80 Think less, feel more.

    I think we'll take 5 OL recruits for 2014. We are losing 4 of the starters on the OL past 2013.
  12. Krenzelicious

    Krenzelicious Sine Labore Nihil

    ESPN - Ohio State loves recruiting peaches

    12/20

    More ($)...
  13. BGriffBuckeye

    BGriffBuckeye Haaaang on Sloopy, Sloopy Hang on!! O.. H.. I.. O.

    I am entertaining the idea more and mroe of Will Ulmer as an all-purpose back, much like Denard Robinson, but not as a QB. Bring him in with another guy (Watson, Barker, Henderson), let him compete, and if he does nto win the job he sees the field in the Slot and the backfield as an APB.
  14. Bestbuck36

    Bestbuck36 Urban Renewal Project

    I don't see OT Kyle Trout on your lists and I don't think Urban will pass on him next season unless he regresses somehow.
  15. BuckTwenty

    BuckTwenty Parties with Pete Johnson's Beard

    I could see that. Like Antwaan Randel-El in the pros, he would add the dangerous skill of being able to throw the ball accurately out of the backfield while fulfilling a WR/APB role. Reverses, WR screens in the flat, and sweeps suddenly become even trickier plays to defend and gives the defense more to think about.

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