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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Three OSU commits each fill 2014 needs

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer comes into the 2014 recruiting season knowing he wants to shore up an offensive line he missed out on in 2013.

Check.

As always, he wants more defensive linemen.

Check.

He also wants a speed running back to add to his spread offense.

Check, check and check.

Kyle Trout
Kyle Trout is one of three in-state pledges out of the five so far for Ohio State in the 2014 class.
In a whirlwind hour on Sunday for the Buckeyes, Meyer grabbed commitments from players who fit all three categories when Watch List offensive tackle Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) and running back Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) gave their pledge to the Buckeyes.

In Trout, Ohio State began to shore up what Ohio State viewed as a weakness in 2013.

The 6-foot-5, 254-pound Trout joins Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) on the offensive front for 2014 and will complement 2013 signees Evan Lisle (Centerville, Ohio/Centerville) and Tim Gardner (Indianapolis/Lawrence Central).

The two will also aid Darryl Baldwin, Antonio Underwood, Jacoby Boren, Chase Farris and Taylor Decker, who are already on campus and appeared on the two-deep chart last season.

Where it helps the most is in depth as Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall -- all returning starters -- will graduate before Trout and Jones step on the field.

Depth will not be likely an issue on the defensive front as Meyer has taken 12 linemen in his 14-plus months at the helm at Ohio State.

He’s grabbed eight linemen with that were an ESPN 300 recruit or higher -- five were ESPN 150 selections -- and all were taken for a reason.

Meyer likes to win championships by wearing out opposing offensive linemen with depth. He has that even more with the addition of Marshall.

Campbell has come on fast since gaining 168 yards and scoring three touchdowns in a 42-21 state championship performance over Bellevue in December.

A two-time state champion in sprint relays for St. Vincent-St. Mary, Campbell isn’t just a track star in cleats as he’s got the moves to find the open field. If he gets to the edge, Campbell is gone.

He’ll most likely see time on special teams if he’s not redshirted as a freshman and brings versatility to an Ohio State team loaded to the gills on the offensive side the next few seasons.

At just 15 years old -- he doesn’t turn 16 until July -- Campbell is a raw talent with tremendous upside.