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The linebacker position is one of top priority for the class of 2014, which is evidenced by the high-profile recruits that Urban Meyer has targeted and offered. '14 LB Raekwon McMillan and '14 LB Clifton Garrett are the two names at the top of the list for the Buckeyes, and Garrett had some interesting news hit yesterday that may play to Ohio State's favor. Apparently, the '14 linebacker was set on deciding during next year's U.S. Army All-American game (which he had recently been invited to) but now it seems the Illinois-product may have had a change of heart.
Garrett now wants to commit much earlier, which only means good news for Ohio State. The 6'2", 215-pound linebacker will be visiting Columbus on February 2nd, only four days away from National Signing Day for the class of 2013. Of course, Garrett won't be alone, and I'm sure he'll have plenty of opportunities to talk with fellow recruits and perhaps future teammates. If Garrett became the 3rd commitment in the class of 2014, the rumors of this class being Coach Meyer's best ever might come to fruition.
"Any board that would ban 3yds is worthless"
I continue to be amazed by this phenomenon of recruits committing so early, i.e., Michigan's class was 95% full before they'd played a single game in their senior years. It seems it just started happening within the past few years as coaches like Hoke and Sumlin and Kiffin have become more aggressive pushing for a sale. But I'm not sure what the kids' hurry is, why there's such a sense of urgency?
We know OSU's 2014 isn't likely to be very big--at least compared to the last two--unless Urban continues to trim the fat but there's not a lot of Tressel's guys left to cut. To add space, he's going to start looking at his own recruits leaving and I've been hoping that was something he would try to avoid, especially with 4-year scholarships. It's that aspect of "oversigning"--the guy was good enough out of high school but not good enough to keep after two years--that really feels really disingenuous and dirty.
Because there are so few spots available, I thought the 2014 class might come together even more slowly but now there's a voice in my head that keeps telling me I could be completely wrong, that if recruits know there are only so many spots open, they'd better take theirs while they can. I just hope that doesn't come back to bite us and some of them end up decommitting once they know they have their spot but then decide maybe they acted too quickly (Gareon Conley) and want to look at other schools. Look at how USC's class have lost about a half-dozen commits.
Still, I'd love to have Garrett, McMillan, Booker, Snodgrass, Lattimore and a bunch of others in the bag with Webb and Jones by the spring game.
Thanks for the post 3! I was wondering about Garrett and havent heard much. Him, McMillan and Booker would be the cats ass!!! We shall see
The defensive recruiting under Meyer has been incredible, so far. I'd like to see a little more of the same on the offensive side of the ball, though the offensive recruiting hasn't been bad.
Committing early has two big advantages over making sure there is room in the class, besides if you're a top 100 kid there will always be room.
First is a kid committing early can help lure other top kids to the program making it a top recruiting class and more importantly giving the chance for a top team and more national TV exposure on Saturday's
Secondly this applies even more now than before with the recent unlimited texting rule, is if a kid commits early he can greatly reduce the bombardment of fans, coaches and even other recruits of telling him where he should go. Yes he;ll still get some but now its easy for him to just say no thanks I'm committed to OSU and not interested. Now he can relax and enjoy his senior year.
If I was a hot recruit I would definitely take my visits but I would try and commit at least before the summer was over to let me enjoy my senior year.
But I'm with you Iowa on hoping Meyer doesn't weed out his own recruits that would be the very thing we shake our heads at in the SEC
scUM was clearly riding the 2011 season wave of us going through a transition along with their first BC$ bowl appearance in five years and first win in more than a decade.
Some recruits thought there was a shifting of power within the conference. That scUM was about to take it from us after a few of our would-be commits flipped to them. That of course is how they were able to sell the program and its future to recruits.
We see now that they're just a step above the Rich Rod years. And so I'll be surprised if they're able to duplicate a second consecutive top 5, top 10 class. They're a prime example of peaking early and flaming out late.
Nice post 3yd thanks for sharing. +1
Love to get McMillan, Garrett and Booker early
i think we'll see a linebacker class of: mcmillan (middle), garret (sam) berger (will) and booker (viper). pretty amazing haul and right now we are fairly big favorite for all of them. 2014 class will be anywhere from 16-20 recruits. wont see too many ohio kids since 2014 is slightly down but it's fairly top heavy. i think our class will have 4 lbs, 3 o lineman, 1 qb, 4 playmakers, 2-3 d lineman, 2-3 db's, and 1 te. obviously that's a really early breakdown but i see it playing out something like that
they'll remain in the top 7 due to getting green here shortly. the thing is hoke has done a really solid job of recruiting, i just dont see his x's and o's ability of coaching. guy is barely over .500 as a coach
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