Thursday, May 2, 2013
Early look at rounding out 2014 class
By Brad Bournival
As May begins, the 2014 recruiting class appears to be taking shape. While it’s a small class -- right now Ohio State can sign only 14 prospects -- it could grow through attrition. Bradley Roby probably will move on to the NFL following the season. There could be another leaving early -- say someone such as Ryan Shazier -- and there most likely will be a few transfers.
That said we’ll put the number at 18 in the class for right now and take a look at who is in the fold and who looks to be the clubhouse leader at each position.
Again, it’s early May, so don’t set this in stone. It’s just a look at who might fall the Buckeyes’ way before things are finished.
Quarterback (In need of one)
The situation: Ohio State doesn’t necessarily need a quarterback, but it’s always good to take one every year just in case something like Braxton Miller leaving early happens.
In the fold: No one. Clemson commit Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) was the only junior who had been offered until fellow ESPN 150 member Kyle Allen (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain) picked up an OSU offer on Wednesday. Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway) picked one up Thursday morning as well and Zack Darlington (Apopka, Fla./Apopka) followed suit with one in the afternoon.
Bossier City, La., quarterback Brandon Harris could be Ohio State's signal-caller signee in 2014.
Clubhouse leader: Harris
Running back (1)
The situation: Like quarterback, it’s safe to take one, though the Buckeyes lose Carlos Hyde and Jordan Hall after the season even if Hall isn’t playing a true running back role.
In the fold: No one -- we’re moving Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) to wide receiver.