One Fan’s View: Top 10 Most Wanted Recruits

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Top Ten Recruits that I want OSU to land for 2014.

1. Torrance Gibson- What is the most important piece to any recruiting class? The star quarterback without a doubt. Often times the QB of the class is the “main recruiter” for the class. Torrance Gibson is no different. The 5 star Quarterback from Florida is a freakish-athlete. Urban Meyer covets this type of player because of his athleticism and if Quarterback does not work out, then he could definitely play a wide receiver position because of his athleticism.

2. Damien Harris- The one time Michigan commit de-committed from TTUN and is now wide open in his recruiting. A lot of recruits de-commit, and as Urban Meyer has said before, “Landing a commitment only means you are in that recruits top 3,” but rarely does a recruit de-commit then re-commit to that same school. So I do not expect him to re-commit to TTUN. With blazing fast speed and a big strong build, he is the kind of running back Urban Meyer covets. Plus, it would be awesome to get a recruit that once belonged to Michigan, wouldn’t it?

3. Christian Kirk- Getting arguably the number one quarterback in Gibson, running back in Harris, and wide receiver in Kirk would be an amazing feat for Urban Meyer, and the best part is that all three could easily end up at OSU. He is more of the Hybrid type receiver and will only get faster. He is the type of recruit that Urban Meyer wants for that hybrid/H-back role.

4. Jerome Baker- Baker is one of, if not, the best player in the state of Ohio. He plays multiple positions for Benedictine including outside linebacker and running back. While some schools think he would be a good running back in college, I think he is a better linebacker, and that is where I think he will play if he picks OSU. Urban knows he needs to secure the best players in state of Ohio, and I think he does that with Baker as I feel we lead for his commitment.

5. Justin Hilliard- Hilliard has made many visits to Ohio State and it is no secret about his strong relationship with freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan. He recently announced a top 5 of Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Ohio State. He is a big, strong, physical linebacker with great awareness of the game around him. He will add to the recruiting classes that Urban Meyer has brought in recent classes. This will be a tough battle between Notre Dame, Alabama, and Ohio State.

6. Matt Burrell- The 6-5, 312lb offensive tackle from Woodbridge, Virginia, is a monster on the football field. Holding offers from many of the big programs across the country, it is easy to see why so many schools are after him. I think that he is the Demetrius Knox of this class. I think that he loves a lot of schools and is open to many schools and is also ready to play from the day he goes to school. He would be a solid get for Urban Meyer and he is also friends with many other recruits that OSU is interested in, which will help with them also.

7. Van Jefferson- Van Jefferson is an intriguing prospect because he has great height and is well coached by his NFL dad. His dad is the Wide Receivers coach for the Tennessee Titans. Urban Meyer loves the small, speedy receivers, but also loves the taller receivers for deep routes. That is what Jefferson brings to the table. He has amazing route running abilities and is a natural wide receiver. He is deciding relatively soon and I think it is a Tennessee vs. Ohio State battle with OSU holding the edge.

8. Elijah Taylor- The defensive tackle from Cincinnati is heavily considering OSU. He is a big prospect and one that fits the mold for the Larry Johnson defensive tackle; not too heavy, but athletic and strong. This will be a battle between OSU and Notre Dame which I think OSU will win and he could be one of the next couple of commits for OSU.

9. Chris Clark- Oh, the tight end position. We whiffed on Gesicki as he committed to Penn State, and we have not had much in the tight end department in recruiting. Chris Clark was a UNC commit, before de-committing shortly after that. He is wide open now and said that Michigan was ahead of OSU for his services. We need Clark for this position after Hentges committed to Alabama. I think that Clark is the best tight end in the nation. He does want to visit OSU before making a decision at the Opening, and if he does, then game on.

10. Dre’mont Jones- Jones is a tall, lanky defensive end prospect from Cleveland, Ohio. He is athletic and quick, but I do not think he has the college football body yet, which is fine because he is only a junior in high school. I think Jones is one of the best prospects in Ohio and Urban wants him bad. I think that he commits to OSU and he, like Taylor, could be one of the next couple of commits for OSU.

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