The flood gates for Ohio State's class of 2014 are starting to break wide open. With two commitments in the class of 2014 already secured, the coaching staff is looking to make the '14 class one to remember. If you need any proof at all, just take a look at their recent activity in the recruiting battlegrounds. Offering a bevy of recruits that included '14 RB Parris Campbell Jr, '14 DE Soloman Thomas, '14 S Erick Smith, and '14 ATH Kiy Hester.
To expand a little bit, there's some confusion going on about Campbell and if he actually received a scholarship. At this point, I think it's safe to say that even if he doesn't have one at this time it will be happening soon. Smith is another prospect from the Cleveland-Glenville pipeline that continues to loom large for the Bucekyes in 2014. If you remember Christmas day, '14 offensive lineman Marcelys Jones, a Cleveland-Glenville product, became Urban Meyer's first 2014 commitment. His teammate, '14 cornerback/wide receiver Marshon Lattimore, also had previously been offered by the Buckeyes. Now safety Smith has confirmed that he received an offer from Ohio State. There's no doubt in my mind that all three have a very good chance to be Buckeyes by the time it's all said and done.
We've got highlights galore (thank *you*, Internet) for you to feast your eyes on of the aforementioned offered recruits:
There was also some big news in the class of 2013, with the Buckeyes pursuing yet another wide receiver from the current class in '13 WR/DB Devin Lauderdale. Lauderdale, a former Texas Tech commit, eliminated the Red Raiders after Tommy Tuberville and Neil Brown departed. The craziest thing about the Lauderdale offer is that the Houston, Texas area product will be in Columbus *this* weekend and taking an official visit from Sunday through Monday. That sure was fast.
There's also an update on '13 RB Dontre Wilson. Wilson's now officially-officially setting his visit to Ohio State:
#Rivals250 RB and #Oregon commitment Dontre Wilson schedules #Big10 official visit bit.ly/WaQDtL ($)— Jason Howell (@RivalsJason) January 17, 2013
We can't overstate how important it is for Coach Meyer and his staff to land visits from the recruits they covet. Official visits (which they can only take five of their senior years) are especially powerful as those can have that athlete looking at the world through scarlet and gray glasses in no time.
Finally, we can't forget about '13 ATH Cornelius Elder when it comes to figuring out who the Buckeyes are still keying in on. The 5'10", 165-pound speedster recently named Ohio State and UCLA as his top two finalists. After visiting the Buckeyes this past weekend, perhaps Elder is the answer to the staff's questions at receiver or just about any position that is in need of depth. If Elder were to join the Buckeyes, I would certainly put him in the receiver category. The two-sport star has said that basketball is his first love, and would listen hard to basketball coaches across the country. While Ohio State has only offered him for his talents on the gridiron, I have to wonder if Matta might try to help the Buckeyes out by offering Elder a scholarship as well. Though he could also be dropping hints that he's favoring UCLA for their storied hoops past. Stay tuned.