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Thursday, June 13, 2013
Ohio State outlook: Top 5 2014 OLs

By Brad Bournival

Don’t like the air in the recruiting world today?

Much like the weather in Ohio, wait two minutes, things will change.

Ohio State is in desperate need of linemen. The good news is there’s a plethora of them out there, and many of them are looking at the Buckeyes as the recruiting circuit heats up.

With that in mind, here’s a redux of the top five offensive linemen -- regardless of position -- Ohio State is looking at now:

1. OT Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle)

Offers: Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Toledo, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wisconsin

Outlook: The Buckeyes bat clean up this weekend for the 6-foot-5, 285-pound Jones as he’s visiting Michigan on Saturday, Michigan State on Sunday and Ohio State on Monday. That’s one big chance to impress the ESPN 150 standout before his decision on June 27.

2. OG Demetrius Knox (Ft. Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA

Outlook: The 6-4, 296-pound Knox has an official visit lined up and is considered by many to be a lock for Ohio State. While BuckeyeNation will never go that far regarding a senior in high school, Ohio State is in good shape with the Texas standout.

3. OT Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)

Offer: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Buffalo, Clemson, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas Tech, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington, West Virginia

Outlook: The 6-5, 285-pound ESPN 150, Prince broke down a top-10 Tuesday that consisted of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Prince was sporting Ohio State gear last weekend at a camp in Chicago. There is a good chance the Buckeyes could get him.

4. OT Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Connecticut, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas, State, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, USC, Virginia Tech

Outlook: The Buckeyes will get their shot with the 6-6, 320-pound Mavety when he visits Ohio State on Saturday. Many believe the junior college standout is the Buckeyes' to lose. The thin depth chart should certainly help Ohio State’s cause.

5. OT Alex Bookser (Pittsburgh, Mount Lebanon)

Offers: Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo, USC, Virginia, West Virginia

Outlook: The 6-6, 295-pound Bookser will likely have a top eight that consists of Alabama, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Virginia. He is hoping to visit the Tide, Wildcats and Volunteers this summer. As is usually the case with Western Pennsylvania athletes, the fight will likely be with Pittsburgh for Bookser.