Ohio State outlook: Top 5 DEs in 2014
Today, we examine the defensive end. Though it’s a position of strength for Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer wins championships with solid defensive lines that go two and sometimes three deep.
Here are the top five defensive ends of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from Ohio State. All five are ESPN Watch List selections.
1. Da'Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge)
Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, Virginia Tech,
Outlook: He might have left Ohio State out of his top five, but just barely. The good news is he hasn’t picked a school yet. The other good news is Meyer doesn’t give up without a fight. It might be a big battle to get the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hand to commit -- and a long shot -- but it’s still a shot.
2. Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest
Outlook: Track season is making it tough for Carter to take visits, but he has big-time interest in the Buckeyes. Expect a visit accompanied by family members in the near future. The 6-5, 225-pound Carter is very much on Ohio State’s radar as are the Buckeyes with him.
3. Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)
Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Clemson, Colorado, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia
Outlook: Thomas doesn’t have a favorite, but he said schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas and UCLA are some of the higher-profile programs that could potentially be on his list. His process is wide open, but the 6-3, 265-pound Thomas is looking for the right fit.
4. Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola)
Offers: Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin
Outlook: He enjoyed Michigan State quite a bit on his visit and the proximity isn’t bad either. Ditto for Michigan. It might be tough to pull him away from Notre Dame as well, as his family loves the Fighting Irish. He’s big on winning and tradition and the Buckeyes certainly have both. The 6-5, 260-pound McDowell projects as a defensive tackle, but can easily move to end.
5. Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose)
Offers: Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech
Outlook: He’s SEC born and bred, so it’ll be tough to nab him away from his favorite Georgia. Street also has Florida State near the top of his list as well. Expect the Buckeyes to lose out on the 6-2, 265-pound Street.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35