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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
2015 ESPN 300 targets: Ohio State

By Brad Bournival

With Tuesday’s release of the ESPN Junior 300, here’s a look at 10 of Ohio State’s top targets in the 2015 recruiting class.

1. DE Jashon Cornell (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
6-3, 235
ESPN 300 rank: 1

Urban Meyer loves his defensive linemen. In fact, the two-time national champion has won many a game due to his D-linemen, many of whom have gone on to the NFL. The Buckeyes wasted little time offering the big-time defensive end, extending a scholarship on April 29. Iowa was the first school to offer him and remains a player for his services.

2. ATH George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake)
6-4, 185
ESPN 300 rank: 3

The standout ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at The Opening, and that’s more than enough to tell you why Ohio State covets him so much. The fact the Buckeyes don’t run a pro-style offense could hurt in the long run, but winning the way Meyer does brings top-flight athletes to his program.

3. OT Martez Ivey (Apopka, Fla./Apopka)
6-6, 272
ESPN 300 rank: 6

The Buckeyes will lose four senior starters on the line at the end of the season and another two will exit before Ivey would ever step foot on a college campus. The offensive line remains one of the biggest needs for Ohio State, and Ivey could come in and shore things up immediately. He’s visited Florida already, so it might be tough to get him out of the south. It’s still way too early in the process, however.

4. DT Tim Settle (Quicksburg, Va./Stonewall Jackson)
6-3, 308
ESPN 300 rank: 7

Settle named Virginia his leader two weeks ago, but has said he’s going to visit Ohio State again after taking a look with top 2014 prospect Da'Shawn Hand in the beginning of June. His explosiveness off the snap and ability to get in the backfield quick make him a very valuable prospect in the future.

5. DT Hjalte Froholdt (Warren, Ohio/Harding)
6-4, 285
ESPN 300 rank: 14

Froholdt has big-name schools such as Arkansas, Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame after him, and he certainly showed why at the Nike Football Training Camp in June at Ohio State. The only problem now is the defensive tackle’s visa expired and he’s back in Denmark. He’s trying to get back to the United States and definitely wants to play his senior season in America if he can.

6. ATH Eric Glover-Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley)
5-10, 155
ESPN 300 rank: 29

One look at Glover-Williams field and it’s easy to see why he’s so coveted. As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,810 yards and 22 scores on 243 attempts and was 75-of-154 passing for 1,114 yards with 12 touchdowns. He’s a nightmare for defenses and is extremely high on Ohio State’s wish list. He’d be a tremendous get for any program.

7. OT Sterling Jenkins (Pittsburgh/Baldwin)
6-8, 290
ESPN 300 rank: 75

At the Columbus NFTC, eyes were fixated on seniors such as Poona Ford, Dylan Thompson and Hand. That is until Jenkins came in and stole the show. He’s a tremendous big body with quick feet and very good hands. His great uncle was Chappie Hill, who played for Penn State and has a scholarship named after him from the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. He’s planning on heading to the BBQ at the Big House in Michigan as well, so this could be a Big Ten battle. Both of his parents are Pittsburgh graduates.

8. RB Chris Warren III (Rockwall, Texas/Rockwall)
6-2, 216
ESPN 300 rank: 122

The Buckeyes get the chance to impress this ESPN 300 running back on July 22 when he makes a visit to Columbus. High on his list is how he’ll be used as a running back, and he has said he wants a one-on-one with Meyer. His father, who goes by the same name, was an NFL great with the Seattle Seahawks. The junior has it all, as his 1,059 yards rushing on 179 carries prove. He is being heavily recruited in the south.

9. OLB Justin Hilliard (Cincinnati/St. Xavier)
6-2, 230
ESPN 300 rank: 145

Hilliard is that tweener that the Buckeyes love. He can plug the hole at linebacker, but has the athleticism to drop back in coverage as a rover as well. He has well over 20 offers already and isn’t in any hurry to wrap up his recruiting. However, he did say that he wants to be committed by the time his senior season starts, so a timeline is in place.

10. OLB Jerome Baker Jr. (Cleveland/Benedictine)
6-1, 202
ESPN 300 rank: 157

Baker has always been a Buckeyes fan. For that matter, he’s always been a Penn State fan as well. Either way, he’s an incredible athlete and passes the eye test immediately. He’s headed to the Friday Night Lights camp on July 26 and has been on Ohio State’s radar for awhile. He’s a take-charge leader and has the athletic ability to get it done.