Predicting the Rest of the Class: 2014
By Michael Chung
Here is the September edition of “predicting the rest of the class.” Since my last article, Curtis Samuel became #17 for 2014. With Adam Griffin, Blake Thomas, and Najee Murray’s scholarships available coupled with Samuel’s commitment, I have OSU with two free spots for 2014. Factoring in those declaring early for the NFL and further transfers/medical hardships/dismissals/etc. it looks like the class will be between 22-24. Here are those names that I believe will pledge OSU in the near future.
Marshon Lattimore (6’0” 185, ATH, Cleveland-Glenville)
Marshon has been quiet but has scheduled one notable visit to Alabama, which he and Erick Smith will officially visit in November for the LSU game. Marshon had a spat with Michigan commit Shaun Crawford on Twitter, which could give Buckeye fans a little rest that the Glenville superstar will not be donning the maize and blue. He will announce at the Army All American All Star Game Jan. 4. Relationships is a big factor that draws kids to schools and his relationship with current OSU players like De’van Bogard and Chris Worley along with 2014 commit Marcelys Jones will likely have Marshon putting on the OSU hat in San Antonio. He is a four star prospect according to 24/7 and a five star on the 24/7 composite.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235, LB, GA)
Reports are that Alabama is gaining as well as other southern schools like Florida, Clemson, and Georgia. ‘Kwon was at the recent game between Georgia and Clemson. He will announce January 2014 at the Under Armour All Star game and I believe he announces OSU. He told the-Ozone back in August of 2012 OSU was his leader. He and Dante Booker are friends and have talked about going to school together. Dante has committed to OSU already and I believe Raekwon will follow. He released the schools he will visit and they are: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida and the Buckeyes. He also listed Ole Miss in his top 6 but they do not have an OV as of now. Almost one year ago, he told the-Ozone that his top schools were: 1. Ohio State, 2. Georgia, 3. Clemson, and 4. Alabama in that order. You can read his Ozone interview here. He is rated a five star prospect by 24/7 and on the 24/7 composite.
Erick Smith (6’0” 180, S, Cleveland-Glenville)
Just like Marshon Lattimore, the factor that I believe tilts Erick towards Ohio State is relationships. With so many former Tarblooders currently on the OSU team, it will be hard not to want to renew relationships with bonds that are already formed; hence, I believe Smith will make it a “trifecta” this year for Cleveland-Glenville and Ohio State. One factor that could hinder this trifecta is Nick Saban. Having already visited Alabama in the summer, Smith has an official visit set for November with Marshon to attend the LSU game. It will be wild and crazy down there in Tuscaloosa and hopefully the Glenville duo will not fall prey like fellow Ohio superstar Derek Kief did. But with the likes of Chris Worley already at OSU, look for Erick to continue the pipeline to Ohio State. Rivals ranks Smith a four star prospect.
Chad Mavety (6’6” 320, OL, 2014, Garden City, NY)
The picture is becoming clearer and clearer and clearer and one thing is for certain: OSU really wants Chad Mavety. OSU will be in stiff competition with Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. Mavety matches up well under Nick’s “Saban-Metrics of wanting OL not shorter than 6’4” and weighing over 300 lbs., but despite Saban’s prowess, my guess is that Florida State will be OSU’s biggest threat because one of Mavety’s best friends plays for the Seminoles. You can read Chad Mavety’s the-Ozone interview here.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014, Brooklyn, NY)
OSU has one superstar from Brooklyn and Urban Meyer would love to add a second. Looks like a five team battle for this NY superstar: Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and the Buckeyes. According to Dylan Butler of Madison Square Garden Varsity “he’s only played organized football for about one year.” Despite his inexperience, he is rated five stars by some major outlets. Meyer’s lust for defensive lineman could lean Holley towards Ohio State. New York/NJ area is this year’s Florida as Meyer is trying to add Holley, Mavety, Geisicki, and Brown to the Buckeye fold.
Noah Brown (6’2” 210, WR, 2014 Sparta, NJ)
Noah Brown is the epitome of recruiting. First, there is news that he is an OSU lock and will announce Buckeye. Then, he pulls back and many predict he is Rutgers or Virginia Tech’s to lose. Recent reports had Brown leaning Rutgers but others “close” to him feel Ohio State is the better option. He visits this weekend for his 3rd time; is the 3rd time a charm? Do not be surprised if he leaves Columbus a Buckeye. His decision will come soon, Sept. 12, so this is OSU’s last chance to lure this NJ superstar to Ohio.
Quenton Nelson (6’5” 295, OL, 2014, Red Bank, NJ)
Urban Meyer always has surprises in recruiting so I need to start making surprise picks. Why Nelson who is already committed to ND? Well, for starters, I cannot get out of my mind how he hung around OSU commits during The Opening despite 3 other ND commits being in Oregon. Now Rutgers commits are trying to pry Nelson away from Notre Dame back home to the Garden State. Elijah Hood out of NC has already de-committed and Urban Meyer will not let a verbal commitment to another school stop him. If Nelson already has any doubt due to Rutgers commits working on him, this can only help Ohio State. An Urban Meyer recruiting class is always filled with shockers and with five months left until National Signing Day, there are still some shocks left so I need to make shocking predictions and one is that Quenton Nelson flips to the Buckeyes.