Friday, March 8, 2013
Ohio State outlook: Top 5 DEs in 2014
By Brad Bournival
As the 2014 recruiting class comes more and more into focus following what was yet another strong national signing day for Urban Meyer, BuckeyeNation will take a position-by-position look at the juniors.
Today, we examine the defensive line position. Though it’s a position of strength for Ohio State, Se’Von Pittman (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) did announce plans to transfer, thus opening up a spot for someone to take his place.
Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) was a commitment in the 2014 class, but quickly opened his recruiting back up three days after saying yes to the Buckeyes.
Here are the top five defensive ends not committed somewhere else and with an offer from the Buckeyes. As expected, all five are ESPN Watch List standouts.
Offers: Alabama,Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington
Outlook: At 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Hand didn’t put the Buckeyes in his top five. Ohio State is just outside the mix, however, and there’s plenty of time for Urban Meyer and Co. to get back in the race.
Offers: Baylor, Brigham Young, Clemson, Colorado, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Virginia, West Virginia
Outlook: The 6-3, 265-pound Thomas loved his visit to Texas last month, but if there is anyone that can pull from the Lone Star State it’s OSU assistant Tom Herman. Herman nabbed ESPN 150 standouts Mike Mitchell (Plano /Prestonwood Christian) and Dontre Wilson (DeSoto/DeSoto) as well as ESPN 300 standout J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls/Ryder) at quarterback.