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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Assessing the 2014 defensive backs

By Brad Bournival

After scoring the No. 1-ranked defensive backfield in the nation in 2013, the question becomes can Ohio State do it again?

While the Buckeyes missed out Wednesday on safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside), who chose Virginia over Ohio State, the team certainly isn’t backing down from adding to an already-solid unit.

The Buckeyes have offered 21 defensive backs from the class of 2014 -- 13 of them at the cornerback position -- and count 18 ESPN Watch List individuals among them. They received a huge commitment from Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech) back on Jan. 13, but aren’t likely through adding one -- maybe two -- more names to the class.

Other than Blanding and Webb, Jamal Adams (Lewisville, Texas/Hebron), Tony Brown (Beaumont, Texas/Ozen), Nick Glass (Atlanta, St. Pius X Catholic), Todd Kelly Jr. (Knoxville, Tenn./Webb), Edward Paris (Mansfield, Texas/Timberview), Jabrill Peppers (Paramus, N.J./Paramus Catholic) and Jalen Tabor (Washington D.C./Friendship Collegiate) are the biggest names in the class.

Peppers, Brown and Tabor are the biggest three aside from Blanding among the group.

Peppers might be the best true cornerback in the nation after a junior season when he made 77 tackles and added three interceptions and a sack.

Brown has over 20 college offers after a 2014 campaign when he made 46 tackles, forced four fumbles and had an interception in his third season on the varsity unit.

Tabor, who also plays cornerback, didn’t allow a completed pass thrown his way as a junior, according to The Washington Post.