It almost doesn't matter what Ohio State resource you look at. You're almost bound to see this question; "How many recruits can the Buckeyes take for the '14 class?" You will see anywhere from 20-25, but if they want to take 25, players will have to leave the Buckeyes – and the same even goes for them to finish at 20. After talking it over and debating it with the staff, our instinct for now is around 20, but we all hope that number rises so Ohio State can keep hauling in the sort of elite talent interested in spending the next three-to-five years in Columbus. But for this exercise's sake, since we have our number, let's take a look at the six LGHL thinks could close out this class.
Jermaine Eluemunor is the first recruit we are going to take a look at. Jermaine is currently a soft commit to UCLA and most believe he will flip to Ohio State later this week. Eluemunor comes in at 6'6" 300 pounds and is currently ranked as the third best JUCO player in this year's recruiting class (as well as the number two rated offensive lineman). Jermaine could come right in and start for the Buckeyes in 2014, after the Bucks lose four of the starting five after the coming season. Jermaine will have two years of eligibility left after he finishes up his career at Lackawanna Community College.
Austin Roberts could end up being the third Hoosier state player to commit to the Buckeyes to go along with Terry McLaurin and Lonnie Johnson. Austin is a 6'3" TE/h-back that is ranked the 24th best WR by 247Sports's Composite Rankings and the second best player in the state of Indiana. Roberts will be making the short three hour drive from Carmel, Indiana to Columbus, Ohio to visit Ohio State for Friday Night Lights on July 26th. Roberts has put together a nice offer list that include Alabama, Miami (FL), Florida and USC to go along with many more. The Buckeyes coaching staff told Austin during his Spring Game visit that they would really like him to be an H-back type player. Yesterday Roberts posted the 25th best SPARQ score of 119.07 at The Opening 2013.
Marshon Lattimore might be one of the most important recruits for the Buckeyes 2014 class. Being from the Buckeye state and Ohio State pipeline Glenville, he is a relative must get for Urban Meyer and staff. Marshon is a 5-star corner back on the Composite Rankings and is ranked the best player from the state of Ohio. Lattimore's offer list is very impressive with the likes of Alabama, Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan and more to go along with Ohio State. Schools still have a long and anxious wait before Marshon announces what school we will be attending next year. He hold me he this past Sunday will announce his college decision at the 2014 Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Raekwon McMillan is the rated the best ILB in the country and a Top 15 player overall according to 247Sports. What would the commitment of Raekown do for the Buckeyes? Well, it would bring a consensus 5-star linebacker from SEC country to Columbus and could make an immediate impact on the Silver Bullet defense. The Buckeyes, who are somewhat lacking depth at the linebacker position, are pulling out all the cards to land McMillian. Raekwon, who has stated throughout the recruiting process that the Buckeyes are in the lead, seems likely to end up at OSU when everything's said and done. During Reakwon''s junior season he racked up 152 tackles and 22 tfl at Liberty County High School.
Curtis Samuel might be one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail right now. On Monday, Curtis ran a 4.36 40 yard dash at The Opening 2013, which is his personal best. Samuel's racked up over 1,200 total yards last season with 16 touchdowns, while leading the Dutchmen to their first ever PSAL Title. Samuel is considered a heavy lean to the Buckeyes. Samuel would be able to help the Buckeyes at many different positions and has mentioned could see himself in the Ohio State offense. Samuel's Top 5 in no order are the following: Alabama, Miami (FL), Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers.
Erick Smith is yet another Glenville player we think could continue his college career at Ohio State. Smith, who is rated the 12th best player in the State of Ohio by the 247 Composite Rankings, would represent a key addition for the Buckeyes. Erick is teammates with Marshon Lattimore and they are believed by some to be somewhat the package deal. Smith received his Buckeye offer back in January of this year after he took his unofficial visit to Columbus. Right now, the Buckeyes seem to be in good position to land Erick. 247's Crystal Ball has all 17 predictions having him heading to Columbus.
- Luke Roberts will be transferring from Ohio State to Harvard.
- Demtrius Knox told SB Nation Recruiting's Wescott Eberts, "Even if I go to UCLA or somewhere else, I'll always be a Buckeye."