Ohio State Buckeyes: Derek Kief

WR Derek Kief commits to Alabama

June, 16, 2013
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The University of Alabama found its quarterback of the future on Friday when ESPN 150 selection David Cornwell (Norman, Okla./Norman North) committed to the Crimson Tide. Two days later, they reeled in a target to help Cornwell down the road, four-star wide receiver Derek Kief (Cincinnati/LaSalle).

The 6-foot-5, 198-pound Kief announced his commitment via Twitter and his website. He had narrowed his list to Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio State, but the two-time defending champions won out.

"I love everything about it. I love the coaches, the offense, everything. They will develop me as a football player as well as a person," Kief said Sunday.

Last week, Kief and his family made a second trip to Tuscaloosa, Ala., where they spent time around the program, with the coaches and with several of the current players. Kief first visited Alabama in March during spring practice.

“It’s all business,” he said after that trip. “They’re very disciplined, and it shows if you do that, it’ll help you win.”

As a junior, Kief had 65 catches for 907 yards and nine touchdowns. He set a school record for receptions in a season and was named first-team all-district in Ohio.

"They said they can see me playing in multiple receiver positions," Kief said Sunday. "I run good routes for my size, and they said I'll be a red-zone weapon."

With the addition of Cornwell and Kief this weekend, Alabama has 12 commitments for 2014, a group that now includes eight four-star recruits. Kief becomes the first wide receiver taken by the Tide in this class.
Alabama, Ohio State or Kentucky will know by Sunday evening if their recruiting classes increase by one.

Wide receiver Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle) confirmed he will announce where he will continue his academic and athletic future on his personal Twitter account on Sunday.

CINCINNATI -- Derek Kief will have a lot of time to ponder his recruitment next week. He has close to a four-hour drive to Atlanta and then a flight back home to Cincinnati.


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Here’s a look at the next steps Ohio State needs to take in the recruiting Class of 2014 to make this class stronger. It in all likelihood will be a small class, so every commitment matters -- as it should. We’ll look at it in three parts. Where the Buckeyes have made strides, where they’re strong and where they need to make up some ground.

Where they’re strong


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We've been ranking top Ohio State targets by position for a few months now, but what some want to know is who is the best in Ohio.

Like the lists before them, the criteria is the same. In order to qualify, these standout juniors must have an offer from Ohio State and not be committed somewhere else.

That cut the list down considerably, as only 12 players from the Buckeye state have been offered so far. With five already in the fold and three committed elsewhere, just four names survived the cut.

Here they are in order:


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As May begins, the 2014 recruiting class appears to be taking shape. While it’s a small class -- right now Ohio State can sign only 14 prospects -- it could grow through attrition. Bradley Roby probably will move on to the NFL following the season. There could be another leaving early -- say someone such as Ryan Shazier -- and there most likely will be a few transfers.

That said we’ll put the number at 18 in the class for right now and take a look at who is in the fold and who looks to be the clubhouse leader at each position.

Again, it’s early May, so don’t set this in stone. It’s just a look at who might fall the Buckeyes’ way before things are finished.


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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.

@TShaw07: Which wide receivers do you feel Ohio State is most likely to land?


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Ohio State outlook: Top 5 WRs in 2014 

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With the 2014 recruiting class in full 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 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.

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


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The landscape of recruiting changes by the minute.

What once seemed like a sure thing morphs in the matter of one phone call or a solid visit to another university.

With that in mind, the next few months are almost certain to be busy for Ohio State as the Buckeyes look to bolster a class currently ranked 11th in the nation.

Linebackers and offensive linemen are a priority in this class. Here are five names that could commit soon and the impact they’d have:


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Week in Review: Of commits and offers 

April, 15, 2013
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Ohio State started a busy recruiting week by picking up commitment No. 7 in budding talent Kyle Berger.

It continued with one Watch List junior after another either visiting or throwing the Buckeyes in their final lists. Of course, there were offers handed out by the scarlet and grey in what has become the norm: a very busy recruiting week.

Here’s the week that was around Columbus, Ohio:


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The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Ohio State’s spring game moved to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati on Saturday and Queen City resident Derek Kief watched the Buckeyes in action.


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Last weekend, the stars came out to see Ohio State.

One ESPN Watch List junior after another watched the Buckeyes practice and the scarlet and gray picked up linebacker commitments from Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) and Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius).

While the list isn’t as strong for the spring game in Cincinnati’s Paul Brown Stadium on Saturday, there are still some big names on their way.

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Construction is rarely a good thing.

Some “spring cleaning” at The Horseshoe has pushed Saturday’s Ohio State spring game to Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.

Will it hurt visits? Yes and no.

Ohio State’s big recruiting week -- and weekend -- was last week, when ESPN Watch List juniors filed in one after another to see how the Buckeyes rolled.

This weekend includes some big names, too: Derek Kief (Cincinnati/La Salle) and Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel). They’ll likely get an earful from some of the 2013 signees and 2014 commitments about becoming a Buckeye. The one thing missing, however, will be the ambiance of the campus and its community.

Don’t misunderstand. Fans will still come in by the van full and RVs will line the parking lots as well.

But the student body won’t be as strong, and the sights and sounds won’t be those of the Columbus campus.

With the class already nearing the half-full mark -- 2014 could yield as few as 14 commitments -- in no way are the Buckeyes in panic mode about moving the game to the Queen City.

There might be a commitment, but the Ohio State staff is likely to use Saturday as a chance to get to know some of the Buckeyes' targets a little bit better as it gets to know the team better as well.

That said, playing in Paul Brown Stadium isn’t entirely bad, as the Buckeyes will be able to show prospective targets that Ohio State's tradition and fanaticism aren't confined to campus.

In fact, a strong showing in Cincinnati might be just enough to sway a recruit or two into rethinking the Buckeyes. It all remains to be seen. Tune in next week. Ohio State should know the answer by then.
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.


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With 2014 recruiting class in full 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 again 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)

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