Buckeyes focus on defense with Big Ten’s top recruiting class

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

According to a radio interview with Urban Meyer, the number one position of need for the Ohio State Buckeyes is linebacker. The team took a what it hopes is a big step toward filling those needs with the class of 2014, which is up to twenty-three players after letters of intent came in today.

“Without question, the position that is not up to standard is linebacker,” said Meyer on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus. Meyer hinted that all four recruits from this class could end up playing.

LB Raekwon McMillan is one of seven recruits that enrolled early and is already working out with the team and apparently making quite an impression. Meyer said today that McMillan was “kind of a grown man for his age.” ESPN rated him the top inside linebacker recruit in the nation.

Kyle Berger from St. Ignatius, Dante Booker from St. Vincent-St. Mary and Sam Hubbard from Cincinnati Moeller join McMillan to form the top linebacking recruiting class in the country according to 247 sports.com.

The defensive secondary was also upgraded with Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith from Glenville, Damon Webb of Detroit, Michigan and Malik Hooker of Pennsylvania.

On the offensive side of the ball the line was in need of several replacements and the Buckeyes feel they got what they needed when Chicago’s Jamarco Jones made the commitment to play for Ohio State. He tops the list of five offensive linemen brought in by Urban Meyer’s staff.

Of course, Meyer made sure to recruit plenty of speed, including a few wide receivers that have a chance to see the field in 2014.

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  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Nationally it’s been pretty quiet for Urban Meyer though. I’m hoping he can flip Darius Slade the DE who had verbally committed to Michigan State but has now said he’ll visit Ohio State first for an official visit.

    That being said the defense desperately needed upgrading not only the LBs but the secondary which I thought was in even worse shape.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Strike that looks like Slade has signed a national letter of intent to attend The Ohio State University. Nice!