Meyer Reels in Two More Commits on Sunday
By Michael Chung
When things are rolling for Urban Meyer, they are really rolling. Fresh off his second top 5 class in as many seasons at Ohio State, Meyer is already putting together an impressive class for 2014.
After hooking a big fish by the name of Kyle Trout earlier in the day, Meyer then proceeded to reel in two more prospects on Sunday – Parris Campbell and Lawrence Marshall.
Meyer has now snagged five big fish so far for 2014, a class which should number somewhere around 18-21 or more.
Like Trout, Marshall committed to play for Meyer and the Buckeyes during his visit to Columbus over the weekend. Marshall is significant, first and foremost, because he is a defensive end. Meyer, who was at Ohio State’s home basketball bout with No. 1-ranked Indiana on Sunday, has stated clearly that the most important component to a championship team is the defensive line.
“(He has) a very long frame. Has great athleticism, change of direction and speed in pursuit. Has all of the tools to be an elite pass rusher, just needs continued work on his technique,” writes Allen Trieu of Scout.com.
“(He) plays with his hand down in high school, but may be a stand-up rusher in college. Has not been asked to drop into coverage much, but that's something he may be asked to do at the next level. Has to add some weight, but all of the raw tools are there.”
Meyer has already recruited 10-11 defensive linemen in his first two classes at Ohio State, but Marshall is the first pure D-lineman to commit for 2014. Current offensive line commit Marcelys Jones is willing to move to defense if the team needs him, but right now there is a more pressing need on the offensive side of the ball.
Invading That State Up North
The second, and more important, reason why Marshall’s commitment is significant is that he is out of Southfield, Mich. – another kid from the heart of Wolverine country.
Marshall has an offer from both Brady Hoke and Mark Dantonio, but it is Urban Meyer who has won this Michigan star, making him the second one from the state up north following cornerback Damon Webb.
Meyer was clear in his post-2013 recruiting class press conference that the rival he keeps his eyes on is Michigan (though he needs to do push-ups if he ever mentions their name). Marshall committing to the Buckeyes weakens Brady Hoke’s stranglehold on Michigan, and shows exactly how much Kerry Coombs has been able to accomplish up there in the last year.
Meyer will significantly weaken Michigan if he can continue the fence around Ohio put up by Jim Tressel while stealing the state of Michigan’s top football talent, cutting off the Wolverine’s main supply chain.
Campbell Makes it a Trifecta
Another aspect Urban Meyer mentioned in his last press conference was the need to have more Ohio talent. Meyer mentioned that he wished to have more players from the state of Ohio in the 2013 class and proceeded to remedy the deficiency by adding another top Ohio player in Parris Campbell, out of Akron Ohio’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.
Campbell stands 5-11, 170 pounds and has played mostly running back. With names like Lawrence Wilson, Doran Grant and LeBron James, to name a few, St. Vincent-St. Mary is synonymous with Ohio athletic greatness. Akron as a whole has produced other stars like Beanie Wells and Antonio Pittman, and Urban Meyer is hoping to add Parris Campbell’s name to Buckeye-Akron athletic lore.
He could soon be followed by blue chip linebacker prospect Dante Booker, his teammate SVSM who asked his followers on Twitter if he should follow Campbell’s early decision to commit to OSU.
It was a great weekend for Ohio State following a top 5 2013 recruiting class. Look for the heat to continue to be turned up as at least six prospects are scheduled to visit the next two weeks.