As Ohio State prepares itself for the offseason and National Signing Day '14 (which is already less than a month away), the Buckeyes are looking to finish strong in the class of 2014. As Charles mentioned in Monday's "State Secrets", Coach Meyer and his staff picked up two more commitments, in '14 ATH Marshon Lattimore and '14 S Erick Smith, completing the Glenville trio (along with OG/C Marcelys Jones) and keeping the pipeline to Ohio State alive and well.
With those commitments, the class of 2014 sits at 21 total commitments, with not much room left for other prospects. That being said, there are still a few spots left and the coaching staff is no doubt looking to fill their recruiting board. As we draw closer to February 5th, expect more movement and news regarding the Dream 14.
I'll be up there for the Ohio state spring game— BIG ❌EECH (@Meech_Dream14) January 6, 2014
Speaking of which, '14 Ohio State commit OT Demetrius Knox continued to solidify his verbal pledge on Monday, when he tweeted out that he will be in attendance for the Spring Game in Columbus. Knox has been committed to the Buckeyes since July 28th and is a 4-star recruit.
Man i wish i was an early enrollee :(— Noah Brown (@nb_dosuno) January 7, 2014
'14 ATH and fellow Ohio State commit Noah Brown lamented via Twitter on Monday about not being an early enrollee. You have to believe that Brown wants to get involved with the Buckeyes gameplan as soon as possible with his play-making ability.
Even with most of the attention going to the 2014 recruiting class, there's still plenty to look forward to with the class of 2015. In fact, the Buckeyes have already started fairly strong with two commits in '14 CB Eric Glover-Williams and '14 CB Jamel Dean.
After this wild beginning to the off season (coaching changes, decommittments) I've decided to put off my committment until the end of Feb!— brandon wimbush (@BrandonW_7) January 6, 2014
Ohio State has been in frequent contact with '15 QB Brandon Wimbush, and many have pegged the Buckeyes as being the favorite to land his services. With a bevy of talent to choose from in the quarterback department for the '15 class (Torrance Gibson, Lorenzo Nunez, etc.) it will be interesting to see how the coaching staff handles each quarterback's recruitment. In the case of Wimbush, their odds are favorable, especially if he can come in and compete right away. With his decision coming soon, we'll be sure to keep you up to date on the latest news of possibly landing another commitment.
Moving on to some basketball recruiting, Thad Matta has had his eye on '15 SG Luke Kennard for some time now, and on Monday, Kennard spoke with "Blue Devils Digest" about his recruitment. In the interview, Kennard threw out the names of his top teams at this point in his recruitment and the Buckeyes were named to the list:
Thomas Eames: What other schools are currently high on your list?
Luke Kennard: Ohio State , Duke, Kentucky, UNC, Louisville, Michigan, and Florida.
Kennard went on to say that he will be looking to make his decision by the end of his junior year. The 6'5, 182-pound shooting guard is ranked as one of the top 20 prospects in the country, according to the 247Composite rankings.