- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
With 2014 recruiting class in full focus following what was yet another strong national signing day for Urban Meyer BuckeyeNation is taking a position-by-position look at the juniors. Today, we again examine the wide receivers, a position that highlighted the 2013 class with four four-star athletes signed, including three commitments in the final eight days.
Here are the top five wide receivers of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from the Buckeyes. All five are ESPN Watch List selections.
1. Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian)
Offers: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Outlook: He was wowed by the Buckeyes’ offer in January and opened back up his recruiting. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Harris is expected to make an unofficial visit to Columbus and then take in Michigan’s spring game. This is a big weekend for Ohio State and the Watch List wideout.
2. Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek)
Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia
Outlook: The 6-foot, 196-pound Kitt spent three days at Ohio State on an unofficial visit last week. He’s got the Buckeyes at the top of his list after what can only be deemed a good visit.
3. Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C./Hillside)
Offers: Clemson, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Purdue, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia Tech.
Outlook: The 6-2, 181-pound ESPN Watch List wide receiver put Ohio State high on his list after visiting the Buckeyes on Saturday. He doesn’t have any visits planned in the immediate future, so the Ohio State visit should resonate with him for a while.
4. Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)
Offers: Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado State, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington, Western Kentucky
Outlook: The 6-3, 190-pound Malone hasn’t indicated which direction he is going to go, but he certainly talks a lot about Tennessee. If he decides against the Volunteers, it might be a fight with other SEC teams for his services.
4. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior)
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh
Outlook: It’s going to be very hard to pull the 6-2, 171-pound Lane out of the SEC, but he has indicated he will drag the recruiting process out all the way until signing day, and everybody knows how well Meyer closes. That said, there are others, including Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle), who might be higher on the Buckeyes’ list.