What would “second Christmas” be for college football fans without at least one present under the tree?
With much of the Ohio State 2014 Class wrapped up well before mid-January, the only speculation today was on what color windbreaker Coach Meyer would wear during the afternoon press conference.
Sure, there were other things that could have changed the perspective, but none more exciting than a last minute addition of a top ranked student athlete… and one that was believe to have been a “lock” for Sparty for a while.
New Jersey defensive end Darius Slade was expected to sign with Michigan State today, but informed the folks in East Lansing that he wanted to visit Columbus before making a final decision. He had initially verballed to Nebraska, but “flipped” to Michigan State earlier this year.
The 6’5″, 235 pound senior from Montclair high school also held offers from Miami, West Virginia, and Penn State; it’s believed that his relationship with former Nittany Lion Larry Johnson solidified his commitment to Ohio State.
While “only” a three star by most recruiting services, Slade’s ability to get to the quarterback is undeniable- after the jump, you can see some of the 37 sacks he amassed over the past two seasons, as well as his ability to pressure an offensive gameplan: Read More
In San Antonio, Ohio State once again found gold in the shadow of the Alamo, as Cleveland Glenville’s Marshon Lattimore verballed to become a part of the 2014 recruiting class.
Lattimore’s decision came as a part of the US Army All-American Bowl, and following a week where he’d continued to turn heads in both practice and scrimmages. Rated as the #1 athlete in the state of Ohio by most recruiting services, Marshon’s “offer list” included Southern Cal, Oregon, Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, and Georgia Tech.
While classified as an “athlete”, many target him as a corner at the collegiate level. Scouts highlight his speed and his ability to catch anything near him- I’m certain that the Buckeyes will find a way to get him on the field.
Today’s decision was seen by most to be a “lock” for some time now, although the other members of Glenville’s contingent in San Antonio were involved in several moments of speculation that the trio might end up at Kentucky or at one of the schools in that state up north.
Lattimore, for what it’s worth, was never seriously tied to any of these allegations, having seen Ohio State as his dream school. What’s made it interesting, though, is that he and Erick Smith have always pledged to go to school together… and if Smith was wavering, then perhaps Lattimore was as well.
After the jump, you can check out highlights from his Junior and Senior seasons: Read More