Top Commit: Linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County) No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the 2014 class according to 247Sports Composite rankings. Already enrolled at Ohio State. Under Armour All-American who has been compared to former Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes.
Class Strength: The versatile athleticism and speed across the board, Curtis Samuel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Erasmus Hall), Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore (Cleveland, Ohio/Glenville), Parris Campbell (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary's), Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller), Noah Brown (Sparta, N.J./Pope John Paul XXIII) and Malik Hooker (New Castle, Pa.) all are elite athletes that could play multiple positions. If you project half of these guys to the secondary and add elite cornerback Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech) it's very likely the best defensive back class in the country.
Sleeper: Offensive tackle Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) fulfilled a lifelong dream of being a part of the hometown Buckeyes' program when he flipped to Ohio State from Virginia Tech last week. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Taylor has excellent feet and a good frame and because offensive line is such a developmental position, he has as good of a chance as any to develop into a starter.
Top Remaining Target: Five-star defensive end/defensive tackle Malik McDowell (Southfield, Mich.) is still within reach for the Buckeyes, but the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder is very likely staying in-state and signing with Michigan State or Michigan as things stand today. That being said, Urban Meyer and his staff close as well as anyone and Ohio State currently is scheduled to receive McDowell's final official visit on the weekend of Jan. 31, so you can't rule out an upset.
Remaining Needs: Overall, the class could end up as is and it would be hard to argue that the Buckeyes haven't filled needs across the board. That being said, they would like to add another defensive lineman in this class and McDowell and defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) are the two they have the best shot at. They are behind Virginia Tech and Florida State for Nnadi currently.
Top Recruiter: Running backs coach Stan Drayton. Dayton is the primary recruiter of record for Lattimore, Smith and their teammate- offensive lineman Marcelys Jones and is the secondary recruiter for Samuel, Campbell and tough-as-nails linebacker Kyle Berger (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Ignatius). Drayton, a native of Cleveland, currently ranks as the No. 1 recruiter in the Big Ten and the No. 14 recruiter nationally. He developed a national reputation for recruiting working under Meyer at Florida and has continued his success in Columbus.