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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Assessing the 2014 linebackers

By Brad Bournival

After signing two ESPN 150 linebackers in four-star seniors Trey Johnson (Lawrenceville, Ga./Central Gwinnett) and Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) and adding three-star Christopher Worley (Cleveland/Glenville), Ohio State certainly isn’t showing signs of letting up.

With the 2014 recruiting season in full swing, the Buckeyes have come out swinging for the fence at the linebacker position. Of the 11 inside and outside linebackers offered, eight appear on the ESPN Watch List.

Trey Johnson
Trey Johnson was a big get at linebacker in the 2013 class, but the Buckeyes are still trying to upgrade at the spot.
Ohio State lost out to Michigan on Michael Ferns (St. Clairsville, Ohio/St. Clairsville), but are in good standing with Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) and Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South).

Other ESPN Watch List standouts offered are Texas commit Cameron Hampton (Dallas/Carter), Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood), Nyles Morgan (Crete, Ill./Crete-Monee) and Kevin Mouhon (Norcross, Ga./Norcross).

OSU recruiting followers know McMillan (152 tackles, 22 for loss, 7 sacks), Garrett (117, 11, 3) and Booker (81, 9, 6) are coveted by the Buckeyes.

There are some that don’t appear on the Watch List that would fit in Ohio State’s scheme as well.

Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) picked up his first offer from the Buckeyes and now has 10 others to go with the one from Ohio State after a junior season when he recorded 90 tackles -- 39 for loss -- and had 8 sacks.

Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla./Ponte Vedra) is coming on strong as one of the sons of former Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates has 25 Division I offers. He finished the season with 107 tackles, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and six sacks.