Can Ohio State Add More Stars to An Already-Impressive Class?
There are still a few things coach Urban Meyer needs to check off his grocery list while he’s at the store, and a few more members to what’s already a star-studded group of prospects could make this one of the best classes in school history.
National Signing Day is tomorrow, meaning these 17- and 18-year-old recruits are about to make what could possibly be the biggest decision of their lives.
Meyer is hoping that these players will fax in their letter of intent tomorrow morning and end up deciding to join him in Columbus:
John Smith, Long Beach Poly High School (CA)
6-foot-1, 200 lbs (No. 3 ATH)
One of the best prospects left on the board—if not the best—John “JuJu” Smith is a versatile freak of nature that played both safety and wide receiver at an extremely high level for his high school team. Most notably, he’s portrayed excellent ball skills—giving him “playmaker” status—and has the body frame to excel on the defensive side of things at the collegiate level.
Being a West Coaster, it’d be surprising if he didn’t end up with Southern Cal. However, Ohio State is still on the radar, and if he really wants to make a splash and blow up message boards tomorrow, he’ll sign with the Buckeyes and give Meyer a case for his best recruiting class ever.
Malik McDowell, Southfield High School (MI)
6-foot-7, 290 lbs (No. 3 SDE)
As I stated nearly a month ago, Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are all in a three-way battle for McDowell that is completely up for grabs. He’d probably have a better chance of seeing playing time sooner with the first two options, but would be joining one fearsome group of defensive linemen in Columbus upon arrival—and that can be quite enticing for any pass rusher.
What’s scary with McDowell is that he’s already a modern day giant, but has noticeable room for growth and development of his upper and lower body. This leads many to believe he’ll be best suited at defensive tackle—where he’s seen some action—especially with his ability to plug the middle and stop the run. What makes him a sought-after prospect is his natural power and play recognition, combining with a high-motor that allows him to track the ball and disrupt plays in the backfield.
Roderick Johnson, Hazelwood Central (MO)
6-foot-6, 315 lbs (No. 14 OT)
There’s not much to say about Johnson other than the fact that he would be a perfect fit for Meyer’s style of play on offense. Ohio State runs different formations of a spread-option scheme, which requires athletic linemen that can move around and take on different rushers across the front.
Johnson is all of the above and more, adding size and an incredible amount of power. It looks as if he’ll land in Tomahawk Nation (Florida State), but there is still reason to believe Meyer can make one final push and reel him in on National Signing Day.
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