Looking Forward: 2014 Defensive Backs
By Tony Gerdeman
Our final installment in this series features the last line of defense for a football team. It doesn't matter how dominating a front seven is if there isn't a back four or five who can cover and tackle. So, as Urban Meyer loads up on defensive linemen and linebackers, he's also looking for some lock down secondary members.
Just look at the 2013 class. Seven of the 24 signees came from the defensive backfield. With so much specialization going on with offenses these days, the defenses have to match them, or risk falling behind.
Meyer likely won't sign as many defensive backs as he did last year, but he will certainly take a look at as many as he did for the previous class.
We, however, are going to take a look at just a few.
|Damon Webb (5-11 180) Detroit MI (Ohio State)
#11 CB 247 Sports; #7 CB Scout; #6 CB Rivals
|Webb committed to the Buckeyes back in January following some stellar combine and 7-on-7 performances in December. He is a physical defender who also has offers from Michigan, LSU, Michigan State, Wisconsin and West Virginia. You can watch him battle one-on-one with 2013's top wide receiver Laquon Treadwell in the linked highlights. Highlights
|Marshon Lattimore (6-0 175) Cleveland OH (Uncommitted)
#4 ATH 247 Sports; #2 WR Scout; #3 ATH Rivals
|Lattimore has previously appeared in this series as a receiver, however, he is also one of the top cornerback prospects in the nation. He was named the best defensive back at February's "Best of the Midwest" combine. He ran a 4.48 at the combine as well. He has offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Alabama, USC, Tennessee and Penn State. Highlights
|Jabrill Peppers (6-1 205) Paramus NJ (Uncommitted)
#1 ATH 247 Sports; #3 CB Scout; #1 CB Rivals
|Peppers is one of the most-sought after players in the nation. He is the #2 player overall on Rivals' initial 'Rivals100' list. He had a top-two of Stanford and Ohio State, but that has recently grown to a top five, adding Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama. He also has offers from Florida, Tennessee and UCLA. He finished with 80 tackles and over 1,500 yards rushing last season. Highlights
|Tony Brown (6-0 185) Beaumont TX (Uncommitted)
#2 CB 247 Sports; #1 CB Scout; #4 CB Rivals
|Brown might be a bit of a long shot for the Buckeyes, but he is planning on taking an official visit to Ohio State, so anything can happen. He has a sister at LSU, and they seem to be the favorite right now, however. He also has offers from Texas, Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, USC and Texas A&M.
|Kiy Hester (6-0 200) Wayne NJ (Uncommitted)
#15 ATH 247 Sports; #15 CB Scout; NR S Rivals
|Hester could play either cornerback or safety at the next level. He appears pretty wide open at the moment, but has offers from Ohio State, Arkansas, Michigan, Miami (FL), Michigan State and Nebraska.
|D'Andre Payne (5-9 172) Washington DC (Uncommitted)
#15 CB 247 Sports; #24 CB Scout; NR CB Rivals
|Payne is smaller than most of the cornerbacks that Urban Meyer has offered, but it worked out for him at Florida when he signed Ahmad Black, who turned into an All-Conference safety. Payne has offers from Ohio State, Auburn, LSU, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Michigan, Penn State and Virginia Tech. Highlights
|Chris Lammons (5-9 170) Ft Lauderdale FL (Uncommitted)
#44 ATH 247 Sports; #45 CB Scout; NR ATH Rivals
|Lammons is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation. Despite his current low rankings with the services, he has offers from Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Florida State, Miami (FL) and Ole Miss. He is also a tremendous playmaker with the ball in his hands. Highlights
|Erick Smith (6-1 185) Cleveland OH (Uncommitted)
#29 S 247 Sports; NR S Scout; NR S Rivals
|Smith attends Cleveland Glenville, so there is an obvious Ohio State connection here. He has an offer from the Buckeyes, as well as Alabama, Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State, Tennessee and West Virginia. He ran a 4.41 at the Best of the Midwest Combine. Highlights
|Montae Nicholson (6-3 200) Monroeville PA (Uncommitted)
#14 S 247 Sports; #12 S Scout; #5 ATH Rivals
|Nicholson plays on both sides of the ball in high school, but looks to end up at safety in college. He was offered by Ohio State in September, and also has offers from Florida State, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri, Stanford and Virginia Tech. Nicholson spent a portion of his childhood in Columbus, and grew up as a Buckeye fan. Highlights
|Chris Williams (6-1 185) Kingsland GA (Uncommitted)
NR S 247 Sports; #26 S Scout; NR S Rivals
|Scout lists Williams with just four offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Ole Miss and Auburn. Currently, the Buckeyes are in his top four per Scout. Ohio State will need to get him on campus, however, before they can consider themselves truly involved.
|Quincy Wilson (6-2 195) Ft Lauderdale FL (Uncommitted)
#50 S 247 Sports; #32 S Scout; #16 CB Rivals
|Wilson, who has an offer from Ohio State, has been to Columbus once already and is planning on returning again prior to the season. He also has offers from Auburn, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Notre Dame. Highlights
Looking Forward: 2014 Linebackers
Looking Forward: 2014 Defensive Linemen
Looking Forward: 2014 Offensive Linemen
Looking Forward: 2014 Quarterbacks
Looking Forward: 2014 Receivers
Looking Forward: 2014 Running Backs
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