- Brad Bournival, RecruitingNation
The holiday season is upon us and there are a few gifts Ohio State Buckeyes fans are hoping land in their laps soon.
From a recruiting perspective, some of them could be here as quickly as the first week of January, while others will take some time before they arrive.
Here’s a look at some of the most coveted names among the 2013 and 2014 recruiting classes, as Ohio State enthusiasts look for Urban Meyer to close out his second recruiting class with a bang before starting 2014.
1. Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian): Everyone knows the name by now and most hope the ESPN 150 outside linebacker becomes a Buckeye. With Texas A&M loaded at linebacker, the choice probably comes down to Oregon, Oklahoma and Ohio State.
2. Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett): Johnson has stated he wants to go somewhere he can make an impact sooner rather than later. The Buckeyes could be that place for the former Auburn pledge. He has Florida, Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee in his final four. Like Mitchell, he’s an ESPN 150 linebacker, but plays inside rather than outside.
3. Vonn Bell (Rossville, Ga./Ridgeland): What’s a wish list without Bell? The ESPN 150 safety would make this class’ secondary even more incredible than it already is. He’s got Alabama and Tennessee in the mix along with Ohio State. Bell is coming to Columbus, Ohio on an official visit Jan. 11. Will Mitchell and Johnson already be in the fold by then?
4. Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge): The easy thing to do would be to put linebackers like Dante Booker, Raekwon McMillan and Clifton Garrett here. We’ll put our money on Hand, as he could be the best defensive end in the class of 2014. Don’t believe us? He was one of only three underclassmen invited to The Opening last summer.
5. Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge): It’s kind of hard to ignore the 6-foot-8, 370-pound junior, especially after he put Ohio State in his top eight. When Brown said Ed Warinner was the best offensive line coach in the nation, Buckeyes fans had to smile just a bit.
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