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Buckeyes Welcome Seven Early Enrollees for Football
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — While the 2014 Buckeye recruiting class is still being put together by Urban Meyer and his staff, seven members of the 2014 class are now enrolled at Ohio State and are getting a jump start on their academic and athletic careers.

Arriving early will allow each of the freshmen to begin working with the football team immediately, and they will also be able to participate in spring football, which begins in just two months. This year, the seven enrollees come from five different states and include four players who played in a national high school All-American game earlier in the month.

Here is a look at the seven early enrollees.

Raekwon McMillan – LB (6-2 242) Hinesville, Georgia
McMillan is the nation's #1 middle linebacker per Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN. Given the issues the Buckeyes had at linebacker this past season, McMillan's early arrival will help not only him, but possibly the defense as well. McMillan chose the Buckeyes over Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Florida State and Stanford, among many others.

Johnnie Dixon – WR (5-11 197) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Dixon is a strong and compact receiver who has drawn comparisons to former Buckeye Santonio Holmes. He can play outside or inside, and is strong enough to break tackles. He was an Army All-American and has been clocked at 4.53 in the 40-yard dash. Like McMillan, Dixon also chose the Buckeyes over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and the like.

Curtis Samuel – WR/RB (6-0 185) Brooklyn, New York
You may be growing tired of this, but Samuel is yet another early enrollee who chose the Buckeyes over the Crimson Tide. He is a five-star prospect per 247Sports and is rated as the #3 athlete in the entire class. Samuel will work at both running back and receiver at Ohio State, and his 4.36 speed should find a very welcome home at Ohio State.

Marcelys Jones – OL (6-5 325) Cleveland, Ohio
Jones is another in a long line of Cleveland Glenville players who has signed with Ohio State. He was also an Army All-American this past season. Jones is seen as a bit of a project, but getting in this early is exactly what he needs. He has the feet that coaches like, but will need to put everything else together. Oh, and yes, he also had offers from Alabama and Florida State.

Kyle Trout – OL (6-6 300) Lancaster, Ohio
Trout is one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Ohio and is rated as a four-star prospect. He was a first-team All-State performer this past season. He has earned raves for his toughness as well as his ability to work hard, which will come in quite handy in Columbus. He committed to the Buckeyes over offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Cincinnati.

Stephen Collier – QB (6-4 208) Leesburg, Georgia
Collier is a three-star prospect per all of the recruiting services, but was one of the few 2014 quarterbacks to receive an offer from Ohio State. He also had offers from Boston College, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. Named the top player in Southwest Georgia, he threw for 2,291 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also running for 1,021 yards and 20 more touchdowns this past season.

Sean Nuernberger – K (6-2 220) Buckner, Kentucky
Nuernberger is one of the top 10 kickers in the 2014 class, and given the loss of Drew Basil, the Buckeyes are going to need him right away. There is probably no more important early enrollee than Nuernberger this year. He was 10-16 on field goals this past season, with a long of 57 yards. He also averaged 42.4 yards per punt with a long of 74 yards.

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