Predicting the Rest of the 2014 Class: October
By Michael Chung
Since our Sept. issue of “Predicting the Rest of the 2014 Class” where I forecasted—Marshon Lattimore, Raekwon McMillan, Erick Smith, Chad Mavety, Noah Brown, and Quenton Nelson would finish out 2014—the Buckeyes jumped from 17 to 18 commitments.
Since this series started, the Buckeyes have seen one person from the monthly prediction list commit shortly after publication. Curtis Samuel and Noah Brown committed after the previous months lists, who will it be this month? Here is who I believe will finish out 2014.
Ohio State officially has one spot available for 2014 but factoring in early NFL departures, more transfers/medical hardships/dismissals/etc. it looks like the class will be between 22-24 and could go as high as 25. In this edition of predicting the rest of the class, I will list whom I believe Ohio State will get for the remaining spots.
Mike Gesicki (6’6” 237, TE, 2014 Manahawkin, NJ)
Not only do I think he will be a Buckeye, I think he will follow Noah Brown and be “Lucky 19” for Ohio State. Urban Meyer has been coveting Gesicki ever since summer camp and at 6’6” with the ability to run a 4.52 forty, Gesicki is ready to dominant. Sources at the Wisconsin game mentioned that Gesicki was nearing a decision, had a great time at OSU, and seemingly had Rutgers looking on the outside in. Todderick Hunt of NJ.com writes, “And one component of his final decision, he says, will be the different magnitude of game day atmospheres he expects he'll experience over the next few weeks.”
Gesicki told Hunt:“’I'm gonna go to games, and I think the last game I have set up is in the middle of October. So after I get all the experiences going to games, I think I'm gonna get it all out.’" (Todderick Hunt, NJ.com)
What better game day experience than an evening at the shoe with over 100,000 crazy fans rocking the evening. Do not be surprised if the Wisconsin game sealed the deal for Gesicki and do not be surprised if he becomes #19 for 2014.
Marshon Lattimore (6’0” 185, ATH, Cleveland-Glenville)
Lattimore 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. Lattimore 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. But it does look like Michigan will be one of his five official visits, which also include Alabama, USC, Oregon, and Ohio State. One can almost eliminate Oregon, USC, and Michigan because the Glenville trio wants to stay together and have expressed this from the outset. Erick Smith does not have an Oregon or USC offer and Marcelys Jones does not have one from Michigan. If the three want to stay together, Alabama and Ohio State will be the only options based solely on offers.
Lattimore 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 Lattimor 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.
Erick Smith (6’0” 180, S, Cleveland-Glenville)
Just like Lattimore, the factor that I believe tilts Smith 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. Smith, Lattimore, and Jones have all expressed a desire to play with one another; they also have close bonds with Chris Worley. With Jones already a verbal for 2014, Ohio State has to be in the lead.
Having already visited Alabama in the summer, Smith has an official visit set for November with Lattimore to attend the LSU game, but with the likes of Worley already at OSU, look for Smith to continue the pipeline to Ohio State. Rivals ranks Smith a four star prospect as well as Scout, ESPN, and 24/7.
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. Analysts feel that Meyer 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. Mavety is scheduled to visit OSU November 23 for the Indiana game and you can bet Urban Meyer will work hard to close the deal. Mavety talks to Meyer on a regular basis and is recruiting him hard. You can read Mavety’s the-Ozone interview here.
Raekwon McMillan (6’3” 235, LB, GA)
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. Over one year later, the list has not changed too much. He recently declared Georgia in a three way tie with Ohio State and Clemson for the lead, which looks awfully close to his list he gave the-Ozone over a year ago. His recent visit to Georgia pushed out Alabama into the second tier but it really looks like the Tide never was first tier to begin with. He is coming for an official visit October 26th for the Penn State game. He has gone on record to say he wants to announce at the Under Armour All Star game Jan 2 but has hinted he may announce earlier. ESPN will beg him to wait but after what they did to Urban Meyer with the Vonn Bell commitment - asking Bell not to call Meyer the night before and almost giving Meyer a heart attack - Meyer will have little sympathy for his old employer if McMillan wants to announce Buckeye early. You can read his the-Ozone interview here. He is rated a five star prospect by 24/7 and on the 24/7 composite.
Thomas Holley (6’5” 290 DL, 2014, Brooklyn, NY)
OSU has one superstar from Brooklyn—Curtis Samuel— and Urban Meyer would love to add a second. It looks like a five-team battle for this NY superstar with the players being Notre Dame, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, and the Buckeyes. His good friend and recent Seton Hall basketball commit—Isaiah Whitehead—believes Holley will go to either Syracuse or Alabama (Mitch Abramson, New York Daily News).
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 and Geisicki to the Buckeye fold with Brown and Samuel.
After mini-confusion, Holley will visit Ohio State Oct. 19th weekend for the Iowa game and Urban Meyer will have concentrated time with him like he did Noah Brown to close the deal on this NY powerhouse.