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A Look at the Future for the Ohio State Buckeyes

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A Look at the Future for the Buckeyes

Urban Meyer
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After another outstanding season, some fans may be wondering if the Ohio State Buckeyes are truly in need of another standout dominant recruiting class. People like Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer and his chief rival Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban know well that a quality college football program cannot afford to take even one season off when it comes to recruiting.

Premier college football programs that desire to retain their perch at the top must consistently have dominant recruiting classes. At Ohio State, Coach Meyer even went as far as to bring in a seasoned veteran defensive coach this off season.

The addition of Larry Johnson as defensive line coach is a three pronged success for the Buckeyes. First of all, Johnson left his position with the Penn State Nittany Lions to join the Buckeyes. This reversal of allegiance takes a key coach away from a fellow Big Ten opponent and adds a quality coach to the Buckeyes' staff. Secondly, Johnson’s experience is not limited to the defensive line, it also expands to experience as a coordinator, and also as a coach on some very high quality football teams. Thirdly, Coach Johnson is one of the premiere recruiters in the Big Ten.

Where might the Buckeyes need to improve with the wealth of talent they already have on roster? Quarterback Braxton Miller will be back again in 2014, but the Buckeyes did loose running back Carlos Hyde. The truth is that Meyer believes the Buckeyes must improve at every position. Here is a look at some of the improvements for the future.

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Raekwon McMillan, Linebacker

Ryan Shazier
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McMillan is a five-star recruit and with the departure of Ryan Shazier, the Buckeyes will be in need of depth at linebacker.

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Curtis Samuel, Wide Receiver

Curtis Samuel Wide Receiver
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Samuel stands at 5-foot-11, but his most imposing attribute is his speed. This speedy athlete is just the type of player Meyer is looking for. Perhaps a Percy Harvin type of player from Meyer’s days as the Gators coach.

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Stephen Collier, Quarterback

Braxton Miller
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Braxton Miller surprised many Buckeye fans by sticking around for one more year, but his backup Kenny Guiton is preparing for the NFL draft. Stephen Collier is a candidate to hold the clipboard next season.

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Johnnie Dixon, Wide Receiver

Corey Brown
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Corey Brown may have been Braxton Miller’s most explosive wide receiver in 2013, but four-star recruit Johnnie Dixon might be the future of the position.

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Terry McLaurin, Wide Receiver

Terry McLaurin Wide Receiver
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Another wide receiver, McLaurin might be a bit undersized, but his athleticism more than makes up for it. The wide receivers in this recruiting class show Meyer’s commitment to getting speedy athletes on the field.

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Kyle Trout, Offensive Line

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Trout is one mammoth of a man. Trout stands at 6-foot-6 and weighs in at 300 pounds. He could be a candidate to fill in for one of the four departing seniors from the Buckeyes' offensive line.

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Jalyn Holmes, Defensive End

Jalyn Holmes Defensive End
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Holmes was a great get by Meyer and his staff and should be a warrior in the trenches of the Big Ten for years to come.