Part 1 of 2: Revisiting the 2014 Ohio State Commitments from Ohio – Offense
By Tony Gerdeman
COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the high school football season over, we thought it would be a good time to check back in with John McCallister, of the McCallister Scouting Report, on Ohio State's in-state commitments in the 2014 class. We last talked to him about these players back in the spring, but with another season gone by, we wanted to know where the Buckeye commits now stand in a scout's eye.
In part one, we'll start on the offensive side of the ball, and for good reason. With four senior offensive linemen graduating, the Buckeyes will be looking for depth on the offensive line immediately. Fortunately for them, Ohio has given the Buckeyes a pair of offensive linemen. There are also a couple of exciting playmakers listed below, though one of them will likely start out on defense first.
Marshon Lattimore (CB/WR Cleveland Glenville, 6-0 178)
“I think he's a good player. I think he should be a receiver. He reminds me a lot of Teddy Ginn Jr. He's a really good player. I know he wants to play cornerback, and he can play cornerback if that's what he wants to do because he has excellent hip rotation and can cover from sideline to sideline as a defender, but I really think he's an offensive player. I like him as a slot wide receiver. He has good burst and soft hands. He makes plays, runs sharp routes, and he's fast after the catch as well. ”
Kyle Trout (OL Lancaster, 6-6 300) (Already enrolled)
“I think he did okay this year. I've always liked him. He's a little stiff, so he may move inside and play offensive guard sometimes because I think that might be better for him. He's coming from the wing-T offense basically, so he hasn't pass blocked much and he's not done a lot of that stuff. I think he's tough enough, and I think he wants to be a Buckeye. I think Ohio State is really important to him. He's strong, he plays hard and he has good instincts for the offensive line. I think he will probably end playing guard someday.”
Parris Campbell (WR/RB Akron St. Vincent – St. Mary, 6-0 184)
“I think he ends up in the slot. The key thing with Parris is that he's just so fast. He's a track guy that's learning to be a football player. He's good. I think he's a big-play guy. I don't think he'll be a running back in the Big Ten, but he's going to be a guy who's going to get his hands on the ball and he can run and he can make you miss. He's got the vision to make plays, along with excellent burst and the ability to change directions. He plays fast and he has soft hands. He plays defense too, but I really see him more of a slot guy. He's not big enough to be a tailback yet I don't think. He's young for his class, so I'd take that into consideration also.”
Marcelys Jones (OL Cleveland Glenville, 6-5 325) (Already enrolled)
“I think he'll be okay. He's athletic and he has excellent feet, but he's got to lose weight and he's gotta get more self discipline. I think he has a lot of things to improve on and he has to grow up and get more focused.”
Related Article: McCallister on the Defensive side of the ball.
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