Christmas comes a bit early, as Santa brings Ohio State an important recruit in a position of need.
Georgia inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan became the latest member of the Ohio State Class of 2014, choosing the Buckeyes in a ceremony at his High School on Monday afternoon.
McMillan has been a priority for the Buckeyes for quite some time- with the depth issues at linebacker this season and the real possibility that Ryan Shazier might forgo his Senior Season to head to the NFL draft, the linebacking corps is in need not only of reinforcement, but of players who might be able to contribute immediately.
And the five star McMillan seems to fit the bill.
At 6’2″ and 240 pounds, McMillan is rated as the number one inside linebacker in the country by 247′s recruiting staff, and held offers from a “Who’s Who” in college football. Seemingly all of the SEC and many ACC schools were working on him to be a part of their 2014 class, but the strongest pull came from hometown Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, and Alabama. In fact, there was speculation across several message boards that Raekwon had actually verballed to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart during their home visit last week.
However, last night Urban Meyer and staff had their “in home” visit with the McMillan family, and the rest is history.
The connections have been developing for quite a while- he visited Columbus three times during the past season, including his official during the Penn State game.
After the break you can see several highlight videos to get you further excited about the most recent Silver Bullet: Read More
No matter what you might hear over the next few days, we’d never leave you for Austin.
Sure they’ve got great barbecue and music and… you know, on second thought… Nah. It’s always a great day to be a Buckeye- and there’s only one place in Texas that I’d be interested in going to anyway.
As we enter into the “Camp Season”, it’s good to take a look at where Ohio State’s recruiting efforts currently seem to stand.
I’ll admit that it’s next to impossible to predict what this class is going to look like in February, but I think it makes it easier when you look at who are the most likely players who will be in the class.
We’re definitely going to land a QB. Who exactly that is will be the question. Kyle Allen is the best passer, Brandon Harris probably has the most upside running the ball, DeShaun Watson is a perfect mix between the two and Zack Darlington fits in somewhere as well.
I don’t see the need for another RB in this class and don’t think the coaches will push hard for one until December or so (if they do at all) when they have a better idea if there will be a spot for one or not. Some people consider Parris Campbell a back and I like what I am hearing early from the ’15 class so I’m not worried at all.
2. Lonnie Johnson
3. Derek Kief
At 6’3″ I view Johnson as a perimeter WR and I think adding Kief would just about finish up the search for perimeter WRs in the class. Read More
The Silver Bullets have added another to the cartridge.
Akron St. Vincent- St. Mary’s linebacker Dante Booker announced today that he had given his verbal commitment to Ohio State, becoming the ninth member of the 2014 class.
A 6′ 4″ rising senior, the 220 pound Booker is ranked as a top 100 player and four star prospect by many recruiting services. He held offers from Tennessee, Penn State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Michigan, among others. Dante’s father was a stellar defensive tackle at Auburn University.
Booker’s commitment leaves two major linebacker prospects “on the table”- Pennsylvania’s Chase Winovich and Georgia’s Raekwon McMillen; both of whom have indicated that Ohio State leads. He’s already made relationships with members of the 2014 class, including Parris Campbell.
As a sophomore, Booker amassed 157 tackles, 11 sacks, and 3 fumbles recovered; those numbers dipped slightly as a junior to 72, 6, and 2 respectively.
While currently an outside linebacker, his size and speed could see him develop into a rush end/linebacker hybrid by the end of his time at Ohio State. After the jump, check out why many people say that he could play just about anywhere on the defensive side of the ball. Read More
Ohio State Recruiting- The Gift That Keeps On Giving.
This morning, Glenville Offensive Lineman Marcelys Jones called Coach Meyer and became the first member of Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class. Most scouting services have him ranked as a four star recruit.
The 6’4″ junior weighs in at 32o pounds, so I’m guessing that he didn’t fit under the tree. Jones played offensive tackle for Coach Ginn, but some are projecting him inside when he reaches Columbus. Jones is the cousin of 2013 commit Donovan Munger
Marcelys held offers from Illinois and Indiana, and had significant contact with a number of B1G schools. As the first for the 2014 class, he’s already begun to talk about how he can be a leader in connecting with other athletes; he spoke about working on one of Ohio’s top ranked recruits, fellow Glenville teammate Marshon Lattimore. In addition, one of the nation’s best linebackers, Raekwon McMillan tweeted his congratulations to Marcelys along with the words “Don’t know him yet…” Marcelys commented later that he connected with Raekwon as well.
What makes this commitment most interesting is that it strays from “the norm” for Tarblooders- most wait until later in the process to give their commitment, due in part to Coach Ginn encouraging them to take other visits and allow coaches coming by to get to know their teammates as well.
The only film we could find on this young man was over at Rivals… you can check it out here.
Welcome to the Buckeye Family, Marcelys!
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.