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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
ESPN 300 targets: Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

With Monday’s release of the ESPN 300, here’s a look at 10 of Ohio State’s top targets in the 2014 recruiting class, ranked in order of how likely they are to commit to the Buckeyes.

1. ILB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
6-2, 249 pounds
ESPN 300 Rank: 13

Why they want him: With the additions of outside linebacker Mike Mitchell and inside backer Trey Johnson last year, McMillan would lock up a unit that could become a dominant force in the Big Ten.

Who else wants him: Holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA, USC and Washington.

Odds they get him: 80 percent

Marshon Lattimore
The Buckeyes have a great chance to snag ATH Marshon Lattimore, the No. 1 player in Ohio.
2. ATH Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville)
6-0, 178
ESPN 300 Rank: 49

Whey they want him: It’s more than just to keep the Glenville to Columbus pipeline together, as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio can do it all. His athleticism makes him a hot commodity at the next level. As good as he is offensively, he’s better on defense.

Who else wants him: Holds offers from Akron, Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Toledo and USC.

Odds they get him: 80 percent

3. OG Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal)
6-4, 296
ESPN 300 Rank: 193

Why they want him: The Buckeyes are losing four senior starters and are very thin across the front line. Knox is the type that could most likely come in and affect the two-deep chart after a year of teaching.

Who else wants him: Holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA.

Odds they get him: 70 percent

4. OT Jamarco Jones (Chicago/De La Salle)
6-4, 300
ESPN 300 Rank: 66

Why they want him: Aside from the depth chart, Ohio State is looking for a slam dunk up front to give them a strong tackle to run behind with the plethora of running backs and slot receivers it has at its disposal.

Who else wants him: Holds offers from 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 and Wisconsin.

Odds they get him: 60 percent

5. OT Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara)
6-5, 286
ESPN 300 Rank: 18

Why they want him: Ohio State is looking for an impact player to come right in and challenge in the trenches. With Prince in the fold, the Buckeyes can start building around him in the years to come.

Who else wants him: Holds offers from 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 and West Virginia.

Odds they get him: 50 percent

6. RB Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s)
6-1, 202
ESPN 300 Rank: 285

Why they want him: With a good blend of size, strength and speed he’s that running back that can mix up in the middle or get to the edge fast. He has the potential to be an every-down back as well.

Who wants him: Holds offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Stanford, Tennessee, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Odds they get him: 50 percent

7. DT Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head)
6-0, 285
ESPN 300 Rank: 218

Why they want him: He has a compact body, but can fill it up with the best of them. At Ohio State’s one-day camp on June 9 he showed just why big colleges want him, displaying incredible strength and a quick burst.

Who wants him: Holds offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisville, Marshall, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and Utah State.

Odds they get him: 40 percent

8. RB Derrell Scott (Havelock, N.C./Havelock)
5-11, 183
ESPN 300 Rank: 168

Why they want him: Scott is that all-purpose back Meyer craves. He’s not the biggest back, but can power through a defender if need be and his feet and vision set him apart from the rest.

Who wants him: Holds offers from Arkansas, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Odds they get him: 30 percent

9. QB Brandon Harris (Bossier City, La./Parkway)
6-2, 186
ESPN 300 Rank: 48

Why they want him: First and foremost, Harris has great arm strength. But his footwork is incredible, as his escapability. The dual-threat quarterback can do it all, making him a perfect fit for Ohio State’s offense.

Who wants him: Holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Indiana, Louisiana Tech, LSU, McNeese State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Odds they get him: 30 percent

10. ILB Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South)
6-2, 225
ESPN 300 Rank: 59

Why they want him: Although Garrett has cooled on the Buckeyes, he's still a body that can move both horizontally and vertically up and down the field. He's rarely ever out of position and has all the makings of a big-time playmaker.

Who wants him: Holds offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

Odds they get him: 20 percent