Five for Friday - 2014 Recruiting "Must Gets"
By Tony Gerdeman
In terms of football recruiting, there really are no "must gets" at a place like Ohio State. The program isn't going to fold without any one particular player, so we need to remain realistic when talking about this topic.
That being said, in recruiting, many times a "must get" is actually a prospect that a school "should get". If they don't get him, then they "lose" him. You never want to lose a player that you "should" get, which is how they then become "must gets".
It can very easily be argued that a kid like linebacker Kyle Berger was a "must get" because if the Buckeyes didn't get him, then there's a pretty good chance that Michigan would have. After all, the only thing worse than losing a must get is having to play against him every year.
Ohio State will go on regardless of a miss here or there, but that doesn't mean losing a player doesn't sting. With that in mind, here are the five players who would sting the Buckeyes the most should they head elsewhere.
(Note: You will not find a quarterback on this list because there will always be others.)
1. Raekwon McMillan (6-2 242) ILB - Hinesville, GA
McMillan could be the nation's best inside linebacker, and he has had the Buckeyes as his leader for quite some time now. Losing him at this point would certainly leave Ohio State scrambling a bit. They already have three other linebackers committed, but none are the prototypical middle backer like McMillan. OSU brought in two top-notch linebackers in the 2013 class, but as we saw last season, you can never have enough talent at linebacker. In the Big Ten, when you have a shot to land a run stopper like McMillan, you can't blow it.
2. Marshon Lattimore (6-0 175) ATH - Cleveland, OH
Lattimore is the latest Glenville All-American on the Buckeyes' radar. Like Ted Ginn 10 years ago, Lattimore could end up at receiver or cornerback. He has importance at both spots. Kerry Coombs wants to bring in two of the top cornerbacks every year, and they already have one with Damon Webb. But Urban Meyer is always looking for offensive weapons, and Lattimore is definitely that. He will obviously get the first crack at whichever position he wants, but the assistant coach who loses out will probably have some type of eye on him his first season.
3. Jamarco Jones (6-5 290) OL - Chicago, IL
The Buckeyes are trying to bring in as many offensive linemen as their numbers will allow, and Jones is one of the top tackles in the nation. With Kyle Trout already in the fold, landing Jones would give OSU a pair of very talented tackle prospects, both of whom would project as starters down the road. As a midwest prospect who many believe is favoring Ohio State, losing Jones would be pretty painful for the Buckeyes. It would also be nice for OSU to continue building a Chicago pipeline.
4. Demetrius Knox (6-4 290) OL - Fort Worth, TX
Knox is one of the top offensive guards in the country. He was a former Texas commit, and when he decommitted, many believed he did it with an eye towards Ohio State. The Buckeyes already have Marcelys Jones committed, so Knox would give them a second highly-ranked guard. Knox has the feet that Ed Warinner likes. He's still a pretty agile guy for his size, and he has the frame to be molded into whatever the staff needs. The Buckeyes lose four starting senior linemen after this coming season. Replacing them is an incredible priority, and the 2014 signees will be expected to provide depth.
5. Curtis Samuel (6-0 185) RB/WR - Brooklyn, NY
Samuel is a running back who is moonlighting as a wide receiver in the summer camp circuit, and doing very well. He appears to be a solid fit as a Buckeye H-back given his speed and skill set. He's not unlike current commit Parris Campbell, as both are versatile enough to carry the ball and catch passes. They are both reminiscent of current Buckeye Philly Brown, who was also a high school running back. Samuel's quick pick up of the position is nothing but a positive for his college transition. Many believe that Ohio State leads at this point, which would make losing him a bit disappointing for the Buckeyes.
Donate by Check :
1380 King Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43212
Help us bring you more Buckeye coverage. Donate to the-Ozone.
Click here to email this the-Ozone feature to a friend...or even a foe.
(c) 2010 The O-Zone, O-Zone Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.
This material may not be published, rebroadcast,rewritten, or redistributed.