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.
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The weekend was just another building block for Urban Meyer. There were 50+ recruits in town that got to see a great environment, the coaches and players at an all time high in terms of excitement, and how close knit the team is. In addition all the coaches and players showing respect for the seniors that will be leaving and the field littered with underclassmen making impacts all over the field. So lets just say that all recruits were excited, they had a great time, enjoyed the game atmosphere, got to see Urban Meyer’s championship rings, and loved how everyone felt like it was a family atmosphere.
Now that we got that out of the way way we can talk about the information that really matters:
As if The Game weren’t already primed to be an incredible event, it will be the highlight of Ohio State recruiting for the fall as well.
The names and stars speak for themselves and not to mention the sheer number of high level recruits planning to be in town is unlike any recruiting weekend we have seen in the past. Keep in mind it is only Tuesday so plan for some minor changes throughout the week. Also this is the first step in what will be like a NASCAR speed couple of months following recruiting as things will change and we will get in on some of the top kids in the country.
The “official visits” scheduled at this point are:
In the second half of our bye week recruiting special we will be taking a look into next year’s recruiting, which the coaching staff has already said is their primary focus for this week’s recruiting trips.
Unfortunately, we will still be dealing with the 82 scholarship restrictions next year; combined with this year still in the balance and it’s anyone’s best guess with attrition, so for this review we’ll talk more about this class without numbers involved.
At this point the Ohio class of to be seniors doesn’t look to be littered with highly ranked 4 and 5 star talent. But with Meyer and staff having almost a year under their belt we are starting to see national recruits mentioning us on their early short lists.
In the 2014 class, QB will be a position of need as Kenny Guiton will graduate and Braxton will be a senior leaving us with just 2 others on the roster- Cardale Jones and ’13 commit J.T. Barrett. The ’14 class will bring us 1 or 2 depending on talent and probably what they see in Jones and Barrett. At this point the QB position is very tough to get a feel on. As such, I am going to hold off on naming names because there are lot of QBs on the board and not many with offers; the coaching staff has said several times that they want recruits to come to camp next summer to earn their offers.
Looking at the RB position the depth chart appears stocked with talent, and adding Elliott this year only adds to the mix. Lots of early highly talented names on the board. I think 1 would be just alright and we might pass on talent much like this year with when we grabbed Elliott and passed on highly ranked Derrick Green.
At this point there are 4 guys that are at the top of the list and posses early offers.