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Monday, March 11, 2013
Ohio State outlook: Top 5 LBs 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 linebackers. A position that picked up a big shot in the arm as the 2013 recruiting season closed out. This Ohio State class might be known for its linebackers if things fall into place like the Buckeyes hope.

Here are the top five linebackers not committed somewhere else and with an offer from the Buckeyes:

1. Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Miami (Fla.), Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, UCLA, USC, Washington

Outlook: The Buckeyes always have been at or near the top of the list for the 6-foot-2, 234-pound McMillan. He’ll be in Columbus, Ohio, for three days starting April 1. Ohio State can help itself tremendously with a good visit.

2. Clifton Garrett (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South)

Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi state, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin

Outlook: Like McMillan, Garrett has long said some very nice things about the Buckeyes. Garrett’s recruitment has exploded once again. With so many new schools adding offers, it’s important for Ohio State to stay firmly in the mix with the 6-2, 218-pound Garrett.

3. Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra)

Offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, Massachusetts, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Outlook: With MVP honors at the NFTC camp and U.S. Army Combine, Bates is blowing up on the recruiting scene. The son of former Dallas Cowboys safety Bill Bates, it might be tough to pull the 6-3, 213-pound junior out of the state of Florida.

4. Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, South Carolina, USC

Outlook: A former LSU commitment, he lists favorites in Alabama and Florida State. It might be tough to pluck the 6-2, 243-pound Daub out of the SEC.

5. Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary)

Offers: Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia

Outlook: His teammate Parris Campbell Jr. is already a Buckeye. Booker has had a great experience every time he has visited Ohio State, and that has been multiple times. There’s a good chance the 6-3, 215-pound Booker plays his college days in Columbus.