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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.

Brandon Harris
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.

Clubhouse leader: Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall)

Wide receiver (3)

The situation: The math is simple. Corey Brown and Chris Fields are out of eligibility at the end of the season and Corey Smith is a junior college transfer.

In the fold: Campbell

Clubhouse leaders: Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan), Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock) and/or Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle)

Offensive linemen (5)

The situation: Four senior starters will be gone at the end of the year. This is a position of need.

In the fold: Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville), Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster)

Clubhouse leaders: Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle), Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.J./Nassau Community College), Jermaine Eluemunor (Rockaway, N.J./Lackawanna College)

Tight end (1)

The situation: This is a position Ohio State certainly doesn’t need.

In the fold: Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller). We’re moving him over to make room for more linebackers.

Clubhouse leader: Does not apply

Defensive linemen (1)

The situation: Another position the Buckeyes can pass on.

In the fold: Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic)

Clubhouse leader: Does not apply

Linebackers (4)

The situation: If they are the right names, Ohio State could fill up at this position.

In the fold: Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius)

Clubhouse leaders: Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary), Chase Winovich (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson)

Cornerback/safety (2)

The situation: Another position that is stacked, though the Buckeyes lose three after the season.

In the fold: Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech)

Clubhouse leader: Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville)