After the news of '14 OL Marcelys Jones committing to Ohio State hit the Internet yesterday, Buckeye Nation as a whole caught a small glimpse at the potential of the 2014 recruiting class. Coach Meyer and his staff have worked diligently to prepare themselves for National Signing Day, which is right around the corner. Although their focus is on finishing the class of 2013 strong, that doesn't mean they can't take a peek or two into future classes.
It has become something of a common theme among recruits that commit somewhere to try and convince other great recruits to attend the same school with them. That much was evident by the newest Buckeye commit yesterday, when Jones tweeted that he was talking with '14 LB Raekwon McMillan. We can only presume it had something to do with attending Ohio State.
Just talked to my bro @kwon_datruth— Marcelys (@mjones__65) December 25, 2012
McMillan seemed pretty enthusiastic about the whole situation, tweeting that he hadn't met Jones yet:
Don't know him yet but congrats to Marcelys Jones , Merry Christmas !!— Raekwon McMillan® (@Kwon_daTRUTH) December 25, 2012
McMillan actually ended up winning the defensive player of the year in Region 3-AAAA in the state of Georgia. I can honestly say that this kid has a bright future no matter where he goes, which makes him even more of a priority to Coach Meyer and his staff.
Finally, Football season is drawing closer to an end. With big events such as the Super Bowl and BCS National Championship Game yet to be played, fans can rest assured that they still have ample time to adjust. Of course, high school players miss playing the game already, but never fear, there are showcase games all around the country where the best athletes can compete. One of the first of these showcases is the Next Level Nation Underclassmen Showcase being held on Wednesday, December 26th in Baltimore, Maryland.
The event will feature some of the top young prospects in the country, and some of them even being recruited by Ohio State or will be recruited at some point later on. In fact, Ohio State class of 2013 commit Eli Apple will be participating in the event before he heads off to San Antonio, Texas for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The Next Level Nation Underclassmen Showcase also includes class of 2015 corner Dionte Austin.
The 5'10", 165-pound sophomore camped at Ohio State over the summer and really got some high praise from his performance. Austin holds early offers from Boston College, Connecticut, and Toledo, and is a Maryland prospect to keep an eye on.
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