Ohio State Buckeyes: Lorenzo Carter

Early Offer: Signing day is here 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s offerings: The Class of 2014 will go down as one of the wildest recruiting rides in recent memory. With so many players switching commitments and some elite prospects still left on the board, here are five things to keep an eye on heading into recruiting’s biggest day.

Does Bama have the best class ever?

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Georgia scored a major recruiting victory on Thursday when it landed an ESPN 300 defensive end; Ohio State is hosting more than just the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend in Columbus; and Oregon hosts a ESPN 300 speedster who would be a great fit for the Ducks’ offense.

Dawgs land key defensive commitment
With a monster SEC matchup against LSU on Saturday, Georgia received some positive recruiting news on Thursday when ESPN 300 defensive end Keyon Brown (Wauchula, Fla./Hardee County) committed to the Dawgs.


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Ohio State instant impact recruits 

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With the 2014 recruiting class filling up, which committed and uncommitted prospects would likely make the earliest impact? Here are the 10 most likely candidates:

1. Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech)
5-foot-10/174 pounds
ESPN 300 rank: 57

The top commitment in the Buckeyes’ class and the No. 57 player in the country, it is no surprise Webb has the potential to make an early impact for Ohio State. Urban Meyer is not afraid to play freshmen, especially at the skill positions. The defensive back recruiting at Ohio State has been strong under Meyer, but Webb will come in with an opportunity to compete for a spot in the nickel and dime packages.

2. Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross)
6-5/228
ESPN 300 rank: 10

The five-star defensive end visited Ohio State this past weekend, and while the Buckeyes have a lot of catching up to do in Carter’s recruitment, a visit to Columbus is a start. The top player in Georgia and the No. 3 defensive end nationally, Carter has the pedigree to be a player who sees the field often as a freshman. And Meyer showed in 2012 that he is willing to play his young guys along the defensive line as Noah Spence (also a former five-star recruit) and Adolphus Washington played extensively as freshmen.

3. Jalyn Holmes (Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor)
6-5/219
ESPN 300 rank: 293

One of the Buckeyes’ most recent commitments, the ESPN 300 recruit is in the same boat as Carter as a potential candidate to play as a freshman along the defensive line. While Holmes is one of the best tight ends in the country, the Buckeyes have him pegged as a defensive end in Columbus.

4. Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius)
6-2/220
ESPN 300 rank: 299

The Ohio State coaches were not able to see it, but some of his future teammates -- and opponents -- saw Berger dominate at the Columbus NFTC earlier this month. Ohio State had some attrition this offseason at the position, so there is an opportunity for Berger to earn a spot in the rotation once he makes it back to Ohio State’s facilities, but as a member of the team this time.

5. Chad Mavety (Garden City, N.Y./Nassau Community College)
6-6/320
ESPN 300 rank: Not ranked

Meyer did not recruit the juco ranks heavily while he was at Florida, but a few junior college linemen sparked his interest in this 2014 class. The Buckeyes have an offer to Mavety, who some believe is a Buckeyes lean. As a juco player, the expectation is for him to have an immediate impact, possibly as a backup in 2014 with an opportunity to earn a starting role.

6. Sean Nuernberger (Buckner, Ky./Oldham County)
6-2/220
ESPN 300 rank: Not ranked

Special teams will also be an area of emphasis on a Meyer-coached team, so it is not a surprise he is giving a scholarship to a specialist. Nuernberger had other BCS interest, but Meyer gave him an offer after watching him kick in person. Nuernberger could become a valuable piece to the Buckeyes’ 2014 season as a kicker, and when he committed, Nuernberger said he does not like watching other players do his job.

7. Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
6-2/249
ESPN 300 rank: 13

The Buckeyes’ class will not hinge on McMillan’s recruitment, but it will be a tough blow if the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker does not land in Columbus. There is sense the Buckeyes lead for McMillan, and the five-star prospect would provide an immediate presence at linebacker in 2014. The 6-foot-2, 249-pound linebacker is a strong run defender, a necessity when playing in the Big Ten. He also has the speed to remain on the field when opponents try to stretch the field horizontally.

8. Saeed Blacknall (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan)
6-3/205
ESPN 300 rank: 111

The ESPN 150 receiver is a physically imposing threat at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. Blacknall has the body to defeat defenders for contested throws, but he also has the speed to beat defensive backs vertically. Freshmen receivers make an impact annually in college football, and at the very least Blacknall could be a red-zone threat to begin his career.

9. Austin Roberts (Carmel, Ind./Carmel)
6-2/217
ESPN 300 rank: 166


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The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.
As the 2014 recruiting class comes 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 end. Though it’s a position of strength for Ohio State, coach Urban Meyer wins championships with solid defensive lines that go two and sometimes three deep.

Here are the top five defensive ends of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from Ohio State. All five are ESPN 150 selections.


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Five who might get away from Buckeyes 

April, 26, 2013
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On Monday, BuckeyeNation looked at the next possible five commitments Ohio State might land.

With Urban Meyer being Urban Meyer, the two-time national champion is only going after the best of the best. That means the Buckeyes not only will butt heads in recruiting with the SEC, but places like Oregon and USC, as well.

With that in mind, here are five players Ohio State is after who likely will find a home some place else.


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Ohio State outlook: Top 5 DEs of 2014 

April, 23, 2013
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As the 2014 recruiting class comes 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 ends. Though it’s a position of strength for Ohio State, Meyer wins championships with solid defensive lines that go two and sometimes three deep.

Here are the top five defensive ends of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from Ohio State. All five are ESPN 150 selections.


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ESPN 150 targets: Ohio State 

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DeShaun WatsonTom Hauck for Student SportsDeShaun Watson is the only quarterback the Buckeyes have offered, and Ohio State is in it for the long haul in his recruitment.
The first release of the ESPN 150 for 2014 isn't the best news for Ohio State. Only one of the Buckeyes' seven commitments appears on the list.


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RN Top 10: Atlanta NFTC 

April, 15, 2013
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The RN Top 10 will appear throughout the camp and combine season and rank prospects based strictly on their on-field performance at that particular event. It does not reflect what their overall prospect ranking will be when the 2014 rankings are unveiled this spring.

BUFORD, Ga. – With 276 players taking part in the Atlanta Nike Football Training Camp on Saturday, there were dozens of prospects in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 classes who had already been offered by FBS programs. Six of the participants were awarded invitations to the The Opening later the summer.

10. Terronne Prescod
Lithonia (Ga.) Columbia |OG|6-foot-4, 320 pounds


The offensive linemen at the Atlanta NFTC were not an overly impressive group, but Prescod stood out, not just because of his hairstyle. He locked up and drove back multiple defensive tackles and showed an impressive base.

Prescod is approaching 10 offers, and has scholarship opportunities with Missouri, Ole Miss and Virginia. At the moment, Prescod says Missouri is standing out. Watch out for Auburn if they offer, as they seem to be the school he feels most at home with right now.

Craig Haubert’s take: “Prescod did a nice job in the offensive line group that was not among the strongest at the NFTC this year. He showed good bend and strong punch and he has outstanding size, both in height and bulk.”


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Charting next 'LEO' at Ohio State 

April, 10, 2013
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John Simon flourished at the LEO position in the Ohio State defense in 2012.

The standup defensive end recorded 44 tackles -- 14 for loss -- nine sacks and forced a fumble in his nine games for Ohio State.

The next in line for the Buckeyes are players who likely are already familiar to fans as Noah Spence, Jamal Marcus, Steve Miller, Tracy Sprinkle and transfer Rashad Frazier have played this spring.

But who comes after that?

Current freshman Tyquan Lewis could fill in there as well, but all eyes have turned to 2014 and who might be in the mix.


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Ohio State outlook: Top 5 DEs in 2014 

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As the 2014 recruiting class comes more and more into focus following 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 end. Though it’s a position of strength for Ohio State, Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer wins championships with solid defensive lines that go two and sometimes three deep.

Here are the top five defensive ends of 2014 not committed somewhere else and with an offer from Ohio State. All five are ESPN Watch List selections.

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

Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Boston College, Clemson Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington, Virginia Tech,

Outlook: He might have left Ohio State out of his top five, but just barely. The good news is he hasn’t picked a school yet. The other good news is Meyer doesn’t give up without a fight. It might be a big battle to get the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Hand to commit -- and a long shot -- but it’s still a shot.

Lorenzo Carter
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comESPN Watch List DE Lorenzo Carter has been vocal in his interest in Ohio State.

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

Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, 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, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, Texas, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest

Outlook: Track season is making it tough for Carter to take visits, but he has big-time interest in the Buckeyes. Expect a visit accompanied by family members in the near future. The 6-5, 225-pound Carter is very much on Ohio State’s radar as are the Buckeyes with him.

3. Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell)

Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, BYU, Clemson, Colorado, Houston, Iowa, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia

Outlook: Thomas doesn’t have a favorite, but he said schools such as Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas and UCLA are some of the higher-profile programs that could potentially be on his list. His process is wide open, but the 6-3, 265-pound Thomas is looking for the right fit.

4. Malik McDowell (Detroit/Loyola)

Offers: Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Syracuse, UCLA, USC, Wisconsin

Outlook: He enjoyed Michigan State quite a bit on his visit and the proximity isn’t bad either. Ditto for Michigan. It might be tough to pull him away from Notre Dame as well, as his family loves the Fighting Irish. He’s big on winning and tradition and the Buckeyes certainly have both. The 6-5, 260-pound McDowell projects as a defensive tackle, but can easily move to end.

5. Kentavius Street (Greenville, N.C./Rose)

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

Outlook: He’s SEC born and bred, so it’ll be tough to nab him away from his favorite Georgia. Street also has Florida State near the top of his list as well. Expect the Buckeyes to lose out on the 6-2, 265-pound Street.


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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.


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Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look deeper into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next up on the list is defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who led the Blue Devils to their first state title in 55 years -- this one a Georgia Class AAAAAA crown.

Lorenzo Carter, Norcross (Ga.) Norcross

Vitals: 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds


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Assessing the 2014 defensive linemen 

February, 26, 2013
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Who says you can have too many defensive linemen?

Certainly not Urban Meyer. After signing 11 in the last two recruiting classes, the Ohio State coach is at it again for the 2014 class.


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OSU-Michigan recruiting roundtable 

February, 18, 2013
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Every other week, Tom and Chantel invite in an outside writer to give some of their thoughts on the state of recruiting. Today, since they’ve started their Michigan-Ohio State position-by-position comparison, they decided to ask BuckeyeNation writer Brad Bournival to weigh in on the rivalry and its recruiting.

1) Defensive end Lawrence Marshall (Southfield, Mich./Southfield) recently committed to Ohio State, then decommitted after visiting Michigan State and Michigan. Where does he eventually end up?


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