A Look at the 2014 Recruiting Class: Defensive Line

The D-Line is always an important part of a good defense. The Buckeyes added Jalyn Holmes, Dylan Thompson and Darius Slade. These are three solid defensive lineman that will have a huge impact in the next couple years.


Jalyn Holmes: Jalyn was given a 4 Star ranking from ESPN. He is the 16th ranked Defensive End coming out of the 2014 class. Jalyn had offers from very prestigious programs such as Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Florida. He is 6’5 and weighs around 235. He is a very solid D-End who can end up filling Noah Spence’s role in the next couple of years. From watching film, you can tell Jalyn can get to the ball with authority. He sheds blocks well and can get into the backfield quickly. I am excited to see what he can do in a Buckeye uniform.

tmp89jqRO-mdly-photoDylan Thompson: Dylan was given a 4 Star ranking from ESPN. He is the 37th ranked Defensive Tackle coming out of the 2014 class. Dylan had offers from Clemson, Missouri, Ole Miss, Tennessee and more. He is 6’5 and weights around 275. He is known for his run defense. He is another who can shed blocks and get to the ball quickly. Watching his highlights from the Columbus NFTC really shows how athletic and quick he is. He really strengthens our D-Line core. He is a name we will be hearing about in the next couple seasons.

darius-slade-27f4a5c146e943dcDarius Slade: Darius was given a 3 Star ranking from ESPN. He is the 104th ranked Defensive End coming out the 2014 class. It seemed as if he was set on Michigan State. But would check out OSU. It turned out he did not even have to take a visit to commit to a great incoming class. Slade had some offers from Michigan State, Rutgers, UCONN, Penn State and Pitt. He is 6’3 and weighs about 215. He was a Semper Fidelis All-American. Darius was the last defensive lineman to commit to OSU. He is a good player and I look forward to seeing what he can do at the college level.

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