Looking at Ohio State's 2014 Wide Receiver Depth Chart
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Buckeyes landed their second commitment of the week with the verbal pledge of four-star Florida receiver Johnnie Dixon on Tuesday. Ohio State now has six players committed who could end up at receiver in this class, though it should expected that one or two of them will likely play a different position, be it running back or defensive back.
Add those players to the four returning receivers who have seen action this season, as well as the five who have redshirted, and the Buckeyes have a plethora of receivers to choose from moving forward. Where each of these receivers might end up is still up for debate, and since debate is fun, let's go ahead and take a look at the pass-catching options Urban Meyer's quarterbacks will have next season.
Devin Smith (Sr. 6-1, 198)
Smith has 1,567 career receiving yards to this point, but only has 18 catches in 13 career games in November, December and January. He is a dynamic deep threat, but has been neutralized for whatever reason late in the season.
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Michael Thomas (rSo. 6-3, 202)
Thomas has caught the fans' eyes with two solid springs, but he couldn't crack the lineup this season and was redshirted. He is still one of the most talented pass catchers on the team, but to this point it has been a matter of mastering everything else that it takes to be an Ohio State wide receiver. He will play in 2014, but it will be up to him how much.
Jeff Greene (rJr. 6-5, 218)
Greene is a transfer from Georgia Tech, where he led the team with 18 receptions in 2012. He redshirted this season as a walk-on transfer. His size is obviously a plus, and the potential is intriguing.
Frank Epitropoulos (rSo. 6-1, 200)
Epitropoulos saw the field for the first time this season, and caught his first career pass against Purdue.
Malik Hooker (Fr. 6-2, 185)
Hooker could end up at safety when he arrives at Ohio State, but is also a talented receiver with tremendous athleticism.
Evan Spencer (Sr. 6-2, 205)
Urban Meyer raves weekly about Spencer's blocking, and for good reason. To this point, however, he only has 37 catches in his career. While the blocking is a necessity, production will soon be as well for Spencer.
Corey Smith (rJr. 6-1, 191)
Smith redshirted this season as a junior college transfer, but he is expected to be an immediate contributor in 2014. With Philly Brown gone, the Buckeyes will need production, so don't forget about Smith next season.
James Clark (rFr. 5-9, 185)
Clark impressed the coaches enough to see the field this season as a true freshman, but was lost for the season to an injury. He will receive a redshirt, and his speed will find him on the field next season.
Noah Brown (Fr. 6-2, 215)
Brown is a brutish receiver, who also plays tailback. He is strong and can break tackles as a receiver. He could end up at any of the receiver positions. Compares favorably to former Illinois receiver Arrelious Benn, but a touch less fast.
Johnnie Dixon (Fr. 5-11, 197)
Dixon is also a strong receiver, and the Ohio State staff worked their tails off to land him. They've had their eyes on him for a while now, and despite the receivers already committed, they still wanted him badly. He is an early enrollee, and will participate in spring football.
Terry McLaurin (Fr. 6-0, 184)
McLaurin is one of the top all-around athletes in the 2014 class. At the Nike 'The Opening' camp back in the summer he ran a 4.41. He also played some running back this season, and earned the coveted Mr. Football award for the state of Indiana.
Dontre Wilson (So. 5-10, 180)
Wilson has 49 touches on offense for 441 yards (nine yards per touch) and three touchdowns, and that came in a backup role. Urban Meyer has repeatedly said “wait 'til next year” when it comes to Wilson, and he means it. Wilson will be stronger and bigger next year, and will be able to handle the ball in more ways.
Jalin Marshall (rFr. 5-11, 199)
Marshall suffered a concussion during fall camp, which set him back. He has ended up redshirting because of the slow start, and the talented depth at his position this season didn't help. He should be counted on plenty in 2014. He is strong and shifty, and will be a difficult cover for any defender.
Curtis Samuel (Fr. 5-11, 186)
Samuel is a running back in high school, but considered by most to be a receiver in college. He rushed for over 1,000 yards this season and will play in the Army All-American Bowl.
Parris Campbell (Fr. 6-0, 184)
Like Curtis Samuel, Campbell is also a running back in high school, rushing for over 1,200 yards this season. Like Terry McLaurin, Campbell also ran a 4.41 at The Opening. Campbell is still young, and will get bigger. He is also a possibility to play running back.
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