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
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State