With the recruiting season of 2013 winding down, it’s time to turn our eyes to the Class of 2014, and more importantly, the top 14 of ’14.
This will be a two-part look at the class updated monthly throughout the school year.
This isn’t one of those here’s the best-of-the-best lists. In order to qualify, there has to be an offer on the table for the recruit by Ohio State.
We’ll look at No. 14 through No. 8 today and pick up the top seven on Wednesday.
Here’s what BuckeyeNation thinks so far about the Class of 2014. (Note: Don’t look for a quarterback, as Ohio State has offered just one to date – Clemson commit DeShaun Watson):
14. OT Jamarco Jones (6-5, 285, Chicago/De La Salle): Jones picked up an offer on first look at the June 10 camp. He’s snatching offers up from virtually everyone, so grabbing his services will be a fight. Not that Urban Meyer has ever shied away from one.
13. S Quin Blanding (6-2, 196, Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside): Taquan Mizzell might be getting all the headlines at his school, but Blanding is stepping into his own in the Class of 2014. He’s showing strong interest in the Buckeyes.
12. OT K.C. McDermott (6-6, 274, West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Central): He made the trip to Ohio State in July and liked what he saw. With family that lives in Zanesville, Ohio, landing this recruit wouldn't be a stretch.
11. DE Da’Shawn Hand (6-4, 245, Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge): Hand continues to be one of the most highly recruited prospects in the country and already has many BCS programs after him. He might be a long shot, but he’s one Ohio State likes.
10. OT Orlando Brown Jr. (6-8, 370, Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge): What can Brown do for Ohio State? Quite a bit. Expect the Buckeyes to play the family card as Brown still has relatives that live in Ohio. His father also played for the Cleveland Browns.
9. OT Mason Cole (6-5, 266, Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake): Cole enjoyed Friday Night Lights. If Ohio State can snatch up his teammate Artavis Scott, the Buckeyes might have the inside track for the big tackle’s services.
8. DB Damon Webb (5-11, 171, Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech): Being from Cass Tech, Webb naturally loves Michigan. But he told WolverineNation the Buckeyes are in his top four along with Michigan State, LSU and that school up north.