The Ohio State Buckeyes wrapped up a strong recruiting weekend with the addition of three verbal commitments to their 2014 recruiting class. OSU is now up to 13 commitments in the current class, which is considered by many to be a top-10 class.
The first to commit is arguably the biggest name of the bunch: tight end/defensive end Jalyn Holmes from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Virginia. Holmes is an outstanding athlete, with the talent to star at either tight end or defensive end, though the Buckeyes envision him on defense.
Head coach Urban Meyer has indicated to Holmes he wants him to play their ‘Viper’ position, which is essentially a hybrid end/ linebacker position that both rushes the passer and drops back into coverage. Holmes, at 6-foot-5, 225-pounds, has a fantastic frame for the position, displaying excellent awareness and change of direction skills. Plus, he can flat out get to the quarterback as evidenced by his eleven sacks for the defending Virginia State Champions.
Holmes is picking the Buckeyes over virtually everyone in the country, and is considered by ESPN to be a top-300 player nationally, and by rivals to be a top-50 player nationally.
The day after Holmes gave his commitment to the Buckeyes, pro-style quarterback Stephen Collier, from Lee County High School (Leesburg, GA) announced his pledge to the Scarlet and Grey. Collier, though considered mainly a pocket-passer, has some deftness to his feet, displaying a keen awareness of avoiding the rush while maintaining his poise in the pocket.
He’s a smart, heady player who is very underrated at this stage in the recruiting game, as Ohio State is by far his biggest offer. Still, no one should ever doubt Meyer’s eye for talent, and with a strong senior season this fall, Collier should garner even more interest.
Finally, the Buckeyes closed up the weekend with a commitment from receiver Terry McLaurin, from Cathedral High School (Indianapolis, IN). There’s only one thing you really need to know about McLaurin: legit 4.43 speed, laser timed. The kid is lightning. No, he’s not gigantic at 6-foot, 175-pounds, but he’s more than capable of taking the top off a secondary.
He’s still got a long way to go in terms of learning the game, i.e. reading coverages, rounding off his routes, etc., but he can flat-out fly. He could line up either inside or outside for the Buckeyes and demand attention from the defense at either.
Plus, the kid is hungry for competition. At all the various camps he’s attended, he’s always shown a passion for the thrill of competition. And we all know how much football coaches eat up competitive guys. McLaurin is picking the Buckeyes over Iowa and Purdue.
So there you have it. All in all, a pretty darn good weekend for Meyer. He’s added an elite pass-rusher, an underrated quarterback and a track star for a receiver.
Not a bad haul by any estimation.