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— Edge (@EdgeTwin02) July 31, 2013
Load up at DT, DE, OL and CB. Those are the positions that define the SEC and Alabama right now. To compete with the likes of the elite teams in the SEC, Ohio State must become two deep in the front, with very little drop-off, if any, when rotating in the front. Meyer knows this all too well because his best teams at Florida did this and won championships.
Look at Ohio State's last two classes. In 2012, Meyer closed with DE Noah Spence, DE Adolphus Washington, DT Tommy Schutt, OG Joey O’Connor, DE Jamal Marcus and DE/OLB Josh Perry all near or at the top of the class. In 2013, the focus moved to the secondary with CB Eli Apple, CB Gareon Conley, CB Cam Burrows, S Vonn Bell and then rounded it out with ILB Trey Johnson. See the pattern? He is loading up here for a reason and it’s not to win the Big Ten -- it’s to win the whole thing. The big question is can Ohio State lure top defensive line prospects out of the South and away from the SEC/ACC?