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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ohio State outlook: Top 5 WRs 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 is taking a position-by-position look at the juniors.

Today, we examine the wide receivers, a position that highlighted the 2013 class with four four-star athletes signed, including three commitments in the final eight days.

Here are the top five wide receivers of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from the Buckeyes. All five are ESPN Watch List selections.

1. Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian)

Offers: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Oregon, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Tennessee, Vanderbilt

Outlook: He was wowed by the Buckeyes’ offer in January and opened back up his recruiting. A solid trip next month when the 6-foot-4, 180-pound Harris visits could go a long way for the Buckeyes.

2. Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior)

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (Fla), Nebraska, Ohio State, Pittsburgh

Outlook: It’s going to be very hard to pull the 6-2, 171-pound Lane out of the SEC, but he has indicated he will drag the recruiting process out all the way until signing day, and everybody knows how well Meyer closes.

3. Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe)

Offers: Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Boise State, California, Colorado, Michigan State, Nebraska, Nevada, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Yale

Outlook: He has a long way to go before he commits, but the 6-1, 175-pound Brown might be hard to snare out of the Pac-12. He recently visited UCLA and USC and had nothing but positive things to say about both.

4. Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek)

Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Outlook: The 6-foot, 196-pound Kitt is headed to Ohio State for an unofficial visit April 6. He’s already a big fan of the Buckeyes. A strong visit could help sway the junior even more toward Columbus.

5. Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp)

Offers: Baylor, Boston College, Clemson, Colorado State, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington, Western Kentucky

Outlook: The 6-3, 190-pound Malone hasn’t indicated which direction he is going to go, but he certainly talks a lot about Tennessee. The Volunteers seem to be opening his eyes more and more each day.