The Buckeyes haven't picked up a commitment since Noah Brown committed over three months ago on September 9th. I think that's going to change in a big way in the next week as two of Ohio State's top targets are close to announcing their decisions.
Raekwon McMillan has been Ohio State's top target for over a year and is just days away from announcing his college decision. Most recruits have their mind made up when they're this close to announcing their decision, but not Raekwon. This is a battle that's going to go until noon on Monday when he officially announces his decision.
Let's get into the important things leading up to his decision. He had his in-home visit with Nick Saban last night, which probably went pretty well as most in-home visits do. Dabo Swinney was in to see him last week. The last two in-home visits will go to Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn and Urban Meyer, with Urban's being the last one.
I think Ohio State and Alabama are going to duke this one out until decision time but I'm very confident McMillan is going to choose the Buckeyes.
Next up is Johnnie Dixon, who in my opinion is Ohio State's second most important remaining target aside from McMillan. He's a pure wide receiver, which is something the Bucks need to complement the likes of Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, and Terry McLaurin, who are all more of the big play, slot receiver types.
I've been saying for over a month that Dixon will be in this class and I'm growing more and more confident with each passing day. He plays in the state title game tomorrow and will probably announce his decision sometime this weekend. I'm hearing Ohio State will be the choice, with Miami being the other legitimate possible destination for the standout wide receiver.
If you think my mom is making me stay in Florida you're wrong she wants what's best for me— Johnnie Dixon (@JDStandAlone) December 10, 2013
If Dixon chooses the Bucks, we can probably rule out any chance Ohio State had at landing Trevion Thompson. He's probably going to end up at Clemson when it's all said and done.
After Chad Mavety committed to Florida State Monday, it left people wondering whether or not there will be another offensive lineman in the 2014 class.
Columbus (OH) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor is the player I feel is more likely if in fact there is a fifth in the class when everything's said and done. He has been pretty quiet about interest in other schools and remains solid to Virginia Tech publicly, but I feel an offer from the Scarlet and Gray would be too good to pass up.
The biggest recruiting weekend since Penn State weekend at the end of October is this weekend, as three of Ohio State's top uncommitted targets will be on campus. The uncommitted Glenville duo of Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith will be on campus with their teammate and Buckeye commit Marcelys Jones.
Both are near locks to be in this class and are set to announce their college decisions at the Army All-American Bowl on January 4th of next year.
Alex Bookser is the third uncommitted 2014 visitor who will be on campus. While I'm pretty sure he's going to go to Pitt, the Buckeyes give themselves a chance if Bookser has a really good visit this weekend.
There will also be a lot of commits on campus this weekend in the form of Stephen Collier, Terry McLaurin, Jamarco Jones, Kyle Trout, Dylan Thompson, Sam Hubbard, and Damon Webb. 2017 quarterback Danny Clark will be on campus this weekend to watch a bowl practice as well.
Big slate of visitors this weekend headlined by Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Alex Bookser, and a lot of the commits.— Miles Joseph (@MilesLGHL) December 13, 2013
2015 Washington (DC) Friendship Academy defensive back Ashton White committed to the Virginia Tech Hokies last night. Many thought he was a Buckeye lean early in the process, but things started trending towards Virginia Tech in the last month.
While it would have been nice to get White, it's not the end of the world as both of Ohio State's 2015 commits have the ability to be good corners and OSU is in on a couple of other top defensive backs in the class.
I AM COMMITTED TO PLAY FOOTBALL AT ... VIRGINIA TECH! #GoHokies 🙏🙌🙌💰🏈🙏 To God Be The Glory!!! ❗️❗️❗️❗️❗️— AWhite (@ayeechico) December 13, 2013
Urban Meyer and his staff handed out a couple of offers yesterday as Greenacres (FL) John I. Leonard wide receiver Tavares Martin and Tampa (FL) Sickles athlete RayRay McCloud III were extended scholarship invites. We'll find out more about their interest in Ohio State in the coming days.
Finally, as per usual, here are my latest picks to complete the 2014 class:
1. ATH Marshon Lattimore
2. S Erick Smith
3. ILB Raekwon McMillan
4. OT Brady Taylor
5. DE Solomon Thomas
6. WR Johnnie Dixon
7. S Mike Rogers
- 2014 basketball signee Dave Bell scored 10 points last night with OSU assistant coach Dave Dickerson in attendance
- Dickerson also invited Medina's Craig Randall to Columbus for a visit, according to Cleveland.com