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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Ohio State outlook: Top 5 WRs in 2014

By Brad Bournival

With the 2014 recruiting class in full focus following what was yet another strong national signing day for Urban Meyer, BuckeyeNation will take a position-by-position look at the juniors.

Today, we 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.

1. 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 didn’t go to Tennessee last week as most thought. The Buckeyes want this one bad.

Derek Kief
It could come down to Ohio State and Kentucky for Cincinnati WR Derek Kief.
2. Derek Kief (Cincinnati, La Salle)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kent State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Toledo, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Outlook: Kief visited the Buckeyes two times in three weeks and likes Ohio State a lot. It will likely be a fight with the SEC -- particularly Kentucky -- to grab the services of the 6-5, 180-pound Kief.

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 150 wide receiver put Ohio State high on his list after visiting the Buckeyes. He doesn’t have any visits planned in the immediate future so the Ohio State trip should resonate with him for awhile. Thompson certainly fits in the Buckeyes’ scheme well.

4. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, TCU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest, Weber State

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. Right now, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.) and USC seem to be in the driver’s seat for the No. 1 wide receiver in the country.

5. Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)

Offers: Auburn, 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 the ESPN 150 wide receiver decides against the Volunteers, it might be a fight with other SEC teams for his services.