The linebacker position is one of top priority for the class of 2014, which is evidenced by the high-profile recruits that Urban Meyer has targeted and offered. '14 LB Raekwon McMillan and '14 LB Clifton Garrett are the two names at the top of the list for the Buckeyes, and Garrett had some interesting news hit yesterday that may play to Ohio State's favor. Apparently, the '14 linebacker was set on deciding during next year's U.S. Army All-American game (which he had recently been invited to) but now it seems the Illinois-product may have had a change of heart.
Garrett now wants to commit much earlier, which only means good news for Ohio State. The 6'2", 215-pound linebacker will be visiting Columbus on February 2nd, only four days away from National Signing Day for the class of 2013. Of course, Garrett won't be alone, and I'm sure he'll have plenty of opportunities to talk with fellow recruits and perhaps future teammates. If Garrett became the 3rd commitment in the class of 2014, the rumors of this class being Coach Meyer's best ever might come to fruition.
Staying in the class of 2014, '14 WR Demarre Kitt released a new top five that had the Buckeyes within striking distance of Clemson:
1. Clemson 2. Ohio state 3. Oregon 4. Auburn 5. USC— Demarre Kitt (@D_ocho) January 23, 2013
For now, it's alright that Ohio State trails in this one. There's a long way to go until February of next year, and it would surprise me if the coaching staff was overly concerned on this one. We'll keep following Kitt's latest updates on his recruitment, that's for sure.
Turning back to the class of 2013, the Robinson twins saga may just have concluded for Buckeye Nation:
4* San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln ATH Tyree Robinson tells me that and he his brother Tyrell will not make a visit to #OhioState— Marc Givler (@MarcGivlerBG) January 22, 2013
After Chip Kelly left Oregon for Philadelphia, the Buckeyes swarmed all over multiple Duck recruits and commits alike, and while it was a long shot to land both '13 ATH Tyree Robinson and '13 LB Tyrell Robinson in the first place, this is sort of closure for Coach Meyer and his staff.
On the same subject as far as Oregon recruits/commits go, Ohio State may actually be having some success with another Duck pledge in '13 ATH Darren Carrington:
confirmed/quoted Darren Carrington is planning an official visit to the #OhioState #Buckeyes es.pn/YlMYyp— Brad Bournival (@bbournival) January 23, 2013
We'll see if the Buckeyes continue to pursue Carrington, who could potentially play a number of different roles for Ohio State. He's shown flashes at receiver, as a dual-threat quarterback, and even at cornerback.
Finally, we leave you with some sick highlights of '14 ATH Marshon Lattimore. If you haven't heard of this kid before (you should have, if you're a recruiting aficionado like we are) you can take a look at why he's so special: