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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.

1. Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge)

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.

2. Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest

Outlook: At 6-5 and 225 pounds, Carter is big on the Buckeyes and has talked about pairing up with running back teammate Myles Autry and heading to Columbus, Ohio.

3. Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./J.H. Rose)

Offers: Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Old Dominion, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech

Outlook: At 6-5 and 246 pounds, Street is going to be tough to pull out of the South, as he had Georgia and Florida State in his top two as early as last Friday.

4. Myles Garrett (Arlington, Texas/James Martin)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M

Outlook: Garrett had a very good visit at Texas A&M’s junior day. If the Buckeyes are to make a push for the 6-5, 235-pound Garrett they’ll need to get him on campus.

5. Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)

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.