College Football Recruiting 2014: Ohio State Buckeyes Focusing On Offensive Line
The Ohio State Buckeyes certainly brought in a heck of a class on National Signing Day 2013. It was a legit top-3 class that was long on both big-name talent and depth. In essence, it was exactly the caliber of class that head coach Urban Meyer consistently brings in. If Buckeyes fans thought they were spoiled under Jim Tressel, just wait until they can finally start playing for championships (and that would be this upcoming season).
Unfortunately for OSU fans, not all the recruiting needs were met this past year. Couple that with another graduating class next year and the Buckeyes will have their fair share of holes (potentially including a quarterback). So where are the Buckeyes going to be focusing their efforts for the next eleven months? I’m delighted you asked!
The biggest priority by far will be the hogmollies up front. Yes, Meyer and co. did bring in two quality linemen in this most recent class (guard Timothy Gardner and tackle Evan Lisle), but they swung and missed on far too many (Dan Skipper, Matt Finnin, Dorian Johnson, Cameron Hunt, etc.).
So far, Meyer has done a good job addressing the offensive line needs of the 2014 class with two verbal commitments: guard Marcelys Jones (6’4” 325lbs- Cleveland, OH) and tackle Kyle Trout (6’6” 280lbs- Lancaster, OH).
But they can’t stop there. Ohio State will be losing four starters on the offensive line to graduation this year, and depth will be critical. Judging by their scholarships distributed thus far, OSU will be looking for more tackles than guards. The Buckeyes have only offered four guards as of now, one of which is committed to OSU and the other to Texas, leaving two available.
There’s a good chance one or two tackles that sign with OSU will move inside. As a whole, I’d expect a class of at least five offensive linemen to be brought in, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it reached seven when it’s all said and done.
Offensive line is far and away the most pressing need for the Buckeyes in the 2014 class. Linebacker is probably second on their list, but they seem to be in the driver’s seat for four or five very highly touted prospects, thus shouldn’t be much of a problem addressing.
This will be an important class for Meyer. He’s finally developing a team that’s almost entirely his, and the future looks incredibly bright. But the offensive line will need an infusion of talent and depth in this next class. When it comes to Meyer on the recruiting trail, I’d have all the faith in the world if I were a Buckeyes fan.
Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. In addition to covering College Football, he also covers the NFL and NFL Draft. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.
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