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Football Recruiting
Taking a Closer Look at OSU's In-State Commits and Prospects - Part II
By Tony Gerdeman

We've already talked about the in-state defensive prospects that the Buckeyes have landed or offered to this point, so now it's time to look at the other side of the ball.

There isn't a large number of in-state prospects on offense with offers yet, but there is certainly some elite talent in the next few classes according to John McCallister.

Things are still very early for the 2014 class, so there will be more names added to these lists in the coming months.

COMMITS

ATH Jalin Marshall (5-11 196), Middletown

Rivals: 4 stars. #42 prospect overall. #2 ATH
Scout: 5 stars. #29 prospect overall. #4 WR
247: 4 stars. #57 prospect overall. #3 ATH
ESPN: 4 stars. #78 prospect overall. #8 ATH

Offers: Ohio State, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, UCLA.

McCallister's Take: "I saw him in the first game of the season, and he was the best player on the field. I thought he did a heck of a job. I think everybody is underrating his passing ability. He's not going to be a great, great passer, but I think people are underrating his throwing ability, especially once he gets to concentrate on it. He's probably gonna be a slot, but when I saw him play, I thought he was really, really good. With work he could throw well enough, because he can run like crazy. If you had seen him when he was a sophomore, he was really good. He wasn't as good as Braxton Miller as a sophomore, but he was productive in his own way. He has the potential to be a better passer than anybody gives him credit for. He is the best college prospect in Ohio for 2013."

OL Evan Lisle (6-6 265), Centerville
Rivals: 4 stars. #109 prospect overall. #8 OT
Scout: 4 stars. #74 prospect overall. #5 OT
247: 4 stars. #120 prospect overall. #11 OT
ESPN: 4 stars. #145 prospect overall. #11 OT

Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Miami (FL), Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma.

McCallister's Take: "I like him. Obviously he's got to fill out a little bit more. He's not quite at the same level of (2012 signee) Taylor Decker. He's not there yet, but he will be. Evan is big, and he's gonna fill out. He's got good feet and he's a competitor down the road. He's got long arms, so he can pass block. He's got a lot going for him, but that still has to take its course. He's athletic, he's got the feet and he's got the frame, so he's got a chance to be pretty good."

PREFERRED WALK-ON COMMITS

FB William Houston (6-0 232), Dublin Scioto

Rivals: 3 stars. Not in top 250 prospects overall.
Scout: 2 stars. #109 RB
247: Not Rated
ESPN: 3 stars. #2 FB

Offers: Bowling Green.

McCallister's Take: "William is a fullback, and schools always need a fullback. I think he will be a very good fullback at Ohio State. But he's just a fullback. He's not a linebacker, he doesn't have a burst. He's just a good old fullback who will hit you. He's the old pro-style fullback. I think he'll eventually play at Ohio State because he'll block. He can play a little bit of that H-back. He'll be okay. He'll come in with a chip on his shoulder, wanting to prove that he can play like so many of them do and should. I've always liked him. He's a good old fashioned fullback who will block, that's what he is."

QB Luke Morgan (6-2 185), Lebanon

Rivals: Not Rated
Scout: Not Rated
247: Not Rated
ESPN: Not Rated

Offers: Bowling Green.

McCallister's Take: "He's put up a lot of numbers (2,245 yards passing and 28 touchdowns, 832 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns), he throws the ball pretty well and runs a bit. I saw him as a sophomore and I saw him a little bit this year at a scrimmage. I think he'll be okay. They need some quarterbacks. He can throw the ball. They need quarterbacks like that for practice."

PROSPECTS

WR Shelton Gibson (6-1 175), Cleveland Heights
Rivals: 4 stars. #98 prospect overall. #12 WR
Scout: 4 stars. #138 prospect overall. #18 WR
247: 4 stars. #244 prospect overall. #26 WR
ESPN: 4 stars. #199 prospect overall. #26 WR

Offers: Ohio State, Auburn, West Virginia, California, Michigan State, Nebraska, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt.

McCallister's Take: "He is one of the best true football players in Ohio. He's tough, he's got excellent closing speed. He's got good hips, he runs fast, he can play wide receiver or defensive back. Or even outside linebacker eventually. I just think he's one of the best players. He's just a tough guy. He's a very, very good football player. He can run. He's fast with excellent burst. An excellent ball catcher. Excellent hips. Excellent range. I saw him run a kickoff back in 11 seconds. He changes direction well. Most of all, he's physical."

2014 PROSPECTS

ATH Marshon Lattimore (6-0 185), Cleveland Glenville
Rivals: 4 stars.
Scout: 4 stars. #22 prospect overall. #2 WR
247: Not Yet Rated
ESPN: Not Yet Rated

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, USC.

McCallister's Take: "I like Marshon. I think he's gonna be a slot type of guy. He's very athletic and has solid speed. Marshon's a lot like Teddy Ginn Jr. He's athletic, he runs well, and does those things, but he's not gonna knock your head off. He'll be a productive player. He's got excellent speed, burst and hip rotation. He covers sideline to sideline. He's possibly the best prospect in Ohio in 2014."

WR Thaddeus Snodgrass (6-1 184), Springfield
Rivals: 4 stars. Not Yet Rated
Scout: 4 stars. #122 prospect overall. #23 WR
247: 4 stars. #129 prospect overall. #17 WR
ESPN: ESPN 300 Watch List

Offers: Ohio State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin.

McCallister's Take: "When Thaddeus was a sophomore and he came to my camp, I thought he was one of the best sophomore receivers I had seen. I don't know how much he's matured. I know they don't throw the ball very much. I think he has to work on his concentration. He has to lose some of the swagger that he has. I think if he concentrates, he's got a chance to be really good. He's a yards after the catch guy. He can make plays. He's an excellent route runner who will also block downfield. He's got soft hands, he's a natural ball catcher and he has a strong upper body. He's just got to get a lot more self discipline. When he was a sophomore at my camp, I thought he was special."

OL Marcelys Jones (6-4 325), Cleveland Glenville

Rivals: Not Yet Rated
Scout: Not Yet Rated
247: 4 stars. #154 overall. #5 OG
ESPN: Not Yet Rated

Offers: Ohio State, Indiana.

McCallister's Take: "I think he's just okay. He's 30 pounds overweight. He has ability. He's athletic and he has a good punch, but he needs to play every down, as well as work on his pass drop. I just don't know that he's dedicated yet. I think he's a project. He's a big guy, but I don't think he's got it yet. He doesn't understand it yet."

2015 PROSPECT

ATH Eric Glover-Williams (5-9 165), Canton McKinley
Rivals: Not Yet Rated
Scout: Not Yet Rated
247: Not Yet Rated
ESPN: Not Yet Rated

Offers: Ohio State, Nebraska, Michigan State, Illinois, Kentucky.

McCallister's Take: "He's got to get bigger and stronger. He's tough, but he's not very big right now. I liked him as a freshman. He should be okay. He's not a quarterback, I don't know where he's going to play for sure, but he's potentially a really good football player. I'm impressed by his toughness, agility and durability. He's smart and elusive. He just makes people miss. He's one of the best in the 2015 class."

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