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Thursday, April 11, 2013
OSU recruiting mailbag: Sizing up 2014

By Brad Bournival

It’s time to dip into the BuckeyeNation recruiting mailbag and answer some of your questions.

We’ll try to give everyone a chance to get their questions answered.

We encourage you to send your questions by Twitter at @bbournival, by e-mail at brad.bournival.espn@gmail.com or by posting a question in the Horseshoe Pit forum.

Kyle Berger
Recent linebacker commit Kyle Berger is the fifth Ohioan to commit to the Buckeyes in the Class of 2014.
@jbook37: With Ohio State locking down Ohio’s top prospects and hitting SEC territory hard, how does that affect the rival schools?

BuckeyeNation: What it does actually is open the state of Ohio up for players that might have been taken under Jim Tressel and John Cooper. Urban Meyer will still hit the Buckeye state hard -- five of his seven commitments are from Ohio and he’s targeting Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland/Glenville) and Dante Booker (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) as well -- but he is looking nationally at many of the remaining spots. With that, expect Michigan and Michigan State especially to nab a few more Ohio athletes. Big Ten schools already look to the land of the Buckeyes to fill their rosters. Here’s the story on that in case you missed it.

@DrewOSU42 and @darkknight1093: Any idea how many linebackers and how many offensive linemen the Buckeyes take? If Clifton Garrett, Raekwon McMillan and Booker all wanted in, would they take five linebackers with Sam Hubbard and Kyle Berger already in the fold?

BN: Since they were similar questions I combined them. Drew you hit the nail on the head with where Ohio State is looking. I’m expecting 4-5 linemen and that many linebackers as well in this small class. The four linemen are a given as the Buckeyes graduate four, so that is a definite need. And yes, darkknight1093, Ohio State would take all five. Linebacker is a very important role in the Buckeyes’ defense. If they can nab those five, that’s a dream team at the position for the next four years. They would accept all of them.

@Bucki78: What is the word on Orlando Brown Jr.? Is there a chance Ohio State can pull him in?

BN: I’d never count Meyer out of any recruiting fight. Ever. There is a chance Brown comes to Columbus, Ohio, especially with his late father’s ties to Ohio as a former Cleveland Browns lineman. Brown has been up to see the campus before and he loved it. In the end, Brown’s ties to Kirk Ferentz might make him an Iowa Hawkeye. It should be noted, however, that the ESPN Watch List tackle cut his list again and the Buckeyes survived.

@D_BrownOSU: Will Ohio State take four wide receivers? Who are four realistic options?

BN: With last year’s impressive four-wide receiver haul I don’t think the Buckeyes take that many, but a lot of that has to do with the small class size for Ohio State this year -- it could be as small as 14. I think the Buckeyes still take two. In terms of who is realistic, I like Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle) and Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) as big-time hits with outside shots at Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada) and Drake Harris (Grand Rapids, Mich./Grand Rapids Christian). Lonnie Johnson (Gary, Ind./West Side) and Thaddeus Snodgrass (Springfield, Ohio/Springfield) are options if the Buckeyes want them as well.