Kyle Berger: He committed to Ohio State in April while also holding offers from a host of schools, including Alabama and Notre Dame.
Kyle Berger, LB
6-2, 225 Cleveland
He committed to Ohio State in April while also holding offers from a host of schools, including Alabama and Notre Dame. Coming off a stellar junior season in which he led his team with 44 tackles for loss on the way to the state championship game, he took part in the Opening, a skills showcase in midsummer for elite national prospects. He suffered a knee injury in August that wiped out his senior year. With reputed 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Berger was ranked 17th by Rivals.com among outside linebacker prospects nationally and ESPN has him No. 23 with a four-star rating
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6-3, 215 Akron (St. Vincent-
He was named Ohio's Mr. Football in 2013 by the Associated Press, the first linebacker to earn the honor since Andy Katzenmoyer of Westerville South in 1995. Booker helped lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to a second straight Division III state championship. With 4.52-second speed in the 40, he is considered the 63rd-best overall prospect nationally by Rivals.com and No. 4 among inside linebackers. ESPN has him No. 130 overall and No. 8 among outside linebackers.
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***Noah Brown, ATH
6-2, 225 Sparta, N.J.
(Pope John XXIII)
He led his team to the state championship game in 2013 for the first time and scored two touchdowns in a loss. All-state as a junior and senior, Brown had 47 career touchdowns - 24 rushing, 19 receiving and four on kickoff returns. He had 41 catches for 857 yards in 2013,
41 for 630 yards as a junior and rushed for a combined 1,353 yards those two seasons. He is considered a big-body receiver, something lacking on Ohio State's roster last year. Brown was tabbed an "athlete" by Rivals.com, which ranks him No. 9 in that category nationally and No. 218 among overall prospects. ESPN ranked him No. 40 among "athletes," and Scout.com has him No. 24 among receivers.Parris Campbell, RB
6-1, 185 Akron (St. Vincent-
He committed in February 2013, the third to pledge to OSU's class. He helped St. Vincent-St. Mary to its second straight Division III state title, setting the school record for rushing yards in a season (1,637) and career touchdowns (59) while being named the Associated Press northeast inland district Division III offensive player of the year. He was one of the faster prospects at the Opening last summer, running a 4.41-second 40. Rivals.com and ESPN put him in the "athlete" category, ranking him 15th and 83rd, respectively, though he projects himself as a running back at Ohio State. The youngest member of the class, he will be 17 throughout his freshman season.Stephen Collier, QB
6-3, 210 Leesburg, Ga.
He already is enrolled at Ohio State. He led his team to the Georgia Region 1-5A title in 2013. As a senior, he passed for 2,291 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1,021 yards and 20 touchdowns. He passed for 1,887 yards and rushed for 485 as a junior. Although just considered a three-star prospect by most of the national recruiting services, Collier was one of 18 quarterbacks invited to take part in the Elite 11 competition last summer. He is ranked No. 25 among dual-threat quarterbacks nationally by Rivals.com.Johnnie Dixon, WR
5-11, 195 West Palm Beach, Fla. (Dwyer)
He enrolled at Ohio State in January and was a major ingredient in Dwyer's first 15-0 season that culminated with the Florida 7A state championship. He was named second-team all-state by the Associated Press. With a reported 4.37-second 40, Dixon is ranked No. 5 among receiver prospects by ESPN, and its 34th best overall prospect, while 247sports.com has him 62nd overall and Rivals.com 117th.Jalyn Holmes, DE
6-5, 240 Norfolk, Va.
He helped his team win the Virginia 4A state championship in 2012 and advance to the semifinals in 2013. In the past two seasons, he rang up 59 tackles for loss, including 21 sacks. He is considered among the leading pass-rush defensive ends in the country by Rivals.com (No. 4) and Scout.com (No. 13). As an overall prospect, 247sports ranks him No. 51, Rivals.com No. 55 and ESPN No. 166.Malik Hooker, ATH
6-2, 190 New Castle, Pa.
He was focusing on basketball before his junior year, when he added football and quickly became a sensation as a two-way starter at receiver and defensive back. He was named to the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Elite 11 team as a defensive back last season while being tabbed a receiver on the all-Pennsylvania team. He is expected to play defensive back, probably safety, at OSU. Considered a Division I prospect in basketball, he was named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 in 2012-13.Sam Hubbard, LB
6-6, 230 Cincinnati (Moeller)
The recruiting ratings are all over the board for Hubbard, who has yet to be pigeonholed. He was first-team all-Ohio in Division I as a safety his senior season, recording 109 tackles and five interceptions as Moeller won its second straight state championship, but he projects as a linebacker or perhaps defensive end at OSU. Scout.com made him its No. 1 prospect in Ohio, and Rivals.com ranks him No. 37 among outside linebacker prospects nationally. Less than a year ago, he thought his future was in lacrosse and had committed to Notre Dame before Ohio State and others came calling for football.Jamarco Jones, OL
6-5, 315 Chicago (De La Salle)
He kept Ohio State fans guessing, and likely kept OSU coaches up at night, when he opted to make an official visit to Michigan State last weekend despite being committed to the Buckeyes since June. Scout.com rates him the 63rd-best overall prospect in the nation; ESPN has him No. 74 and Rivals.com No. 94. He missed the early part of his senior season recovering from shoulder surgery but still was named Class 6A first-team all-state by the Illinois Football Coaches Association.Marcelys Jones, OL
6-5, 340 Cleveland (Glenville)
He was the first to commit to the 2014 class, doing so on Christmas Day 2012. He joined six other members of the class enrolling in January. He is one of 20 players from Glenville to choose OSU since 2002, including 2014 members Marshon Lattimore and Erick Smith. Jones helped Glenville go 13-2 in 2013 and advance to the Division II state title game. He is considered the 13th-best guard prospect nationally by 247sports and No. 17 by Rivals.com.Demetrius Knox, OL
6-4, 285 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints Episcopal)
He is ranked the No. 2 guard nationally by Rivals.com, No. 7 by Scout.com and No. 11 by ESPN. He has a big frame that can still develop, good mobility for a player his size and plays hard. He has dominated opponents at the high-school level but likely will need time to adapt to the college level. Still, given the Buckeyes' need for reinforcements along the offensive line, he could make his case for playing time this fall.Marshon Lattimore, ATH
6-0, 180 Cleveland (Glenville)
He has the ability to play receiver but is projected to play defensive back. He is ranked the No. 5 athlete by ESPN and No. 7 by Rivals.com, and the No. 8 cornerback by Scout.com. He has the size, speed and agility needed to be an impact player, but competition at his position(s) will be keen.Terry McLaurin, WR
6-0, 190 Indianapolis (Cathedral)
He is ranked the No. 43 receiver by Scout.com, No. 61 by ESPN and No. 46 by Rivals.com, but is considered to be underrated by some analysts. A late bloomer, he earned Indiana Mr. Football honors after a strong senior season in which he caught 58 passes for 953 yards to help Cathedral win a state title. He also ran for 744 yards. He has good speed - he has been timed at 4.41 in the 40 - and catches the ball naturally.Raekwon McMillan, LB
6-2, 242 Hinesville, Ga. (Liberty County)
He already is enrolled at Ohio State. He's regarded as the crown jewel of the recruiting class because he's a five-star player at a position of dire need. He is ranked the No. 1 inside linebacker by ESPN and Rivals.com and No. 5 middle linebacker by Scout.com. He has ideal size, strength and instincts and has shown good closing speed. He needs work in pass coverage, but he has all the tools to be an impact player as a freshman. In fact, he might need to be.Sean Nuernberger, K
6-1, 235 Buckner, Ky.
He already has enrolled at Ohio State. He is ranked the No. 9 kicker by ESPN and 10th by Rivals.com. With Drew Basil gone, Nuernberger will compete with senior walk-on Kyle Clinton for placekicking duties. He has an exceptional leg, as a school-record 57-yard field goal will attest. He made 13 of 20 field-goal attempts as a senior. Of the misses, five were blocked and the others were from 54 and 56 yards. He also is big enough to be an effective tackler in kick coverage.Curtis Samuel, ATH
5-11, 185 Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erasmus Hall)
He already has enrolled at Ohio State. Rivals.com ranks him the No. 8 athlete. ESPN ranks him the 20th-best athlete and Scout.com lists him as the No. 9 receiver. In this recruiting class, he probably is the closest thing to the "Percy Harvin" prototype that Urban Meyer seeks as a hybrid running back/receiver. He has exceptional quickness and speed (4.36 in the 40) and is a natural pass-catcher who is dangerous in space. He runs decisively and avoids big hits because of his elusiveness.Darius Slade, DE
6-5, 240 Montclair, N.J.
He was the surprise addition to the 2013 class. Slade committed to Nebraska in December, then switched to Michigan State before settling on the Buckeyes. He had 231/2 sacks - and 35 tackles for a loss - as a senior to help lead Montclair to its second straight state championship. He will have to add weight if he is to be stout enough against the run.Erick Smith, S
6-1, 195 Cleveland (Glenville)
Until late in his career, he played second fiddle to Glenville teammate Marshon Lattimore. That changed late in his senior season, when Smith established himself as an elite prospect. He is ranked the No. 4 safety by Scout.com, No. 5 by Rivals.com and No. 11 by ESPN. He has good speed and range and has the size and ball skills to break up passes. He also is regarded as a hard-hitting, open-field tackler with natural instincts.Brady Taylor, OL
6-5, 290 Columbus (Ready)
He is a late addition after committing to Virginia Tech. But he has always wanted to be a Buckeye, and when Ohio State offered after other prospects went elsewhere, Taylor jumped at the offer. He is ranked the No. 42 offensive tackle by Rivals.com, No. 77 by Scout.com and No. 81 by ESPN. He plays with energy and has the frame to add more bulk. He moves well laterally. He might be more of a long-range prospect, but he has good tools and intangibles and could blossom under Ed Warinner's tutelage.Dylan Thompson, DL
6-5, 270 Lombard, Ill. (Montini Catholic)
He is ranked the No. 23 defensive end by Rivals.com, No. 37 by ESPN and No. 39 by Scout.com. He is not flashy, but is a high-energy player with good size and strength. That strength might allow him to play defensive tackle if he's needed there. He has the length to be able to knock down passes. He figures to be a depth player early in his career on a loaded OSU defensive line, but he could work his way into the rotation.Kyle Trout, OL
6-6, 300 Lancaster, Ohio
He already is enrolled at Ohio State. He is ranked the No. 17 offensive tackle by Rivals.com, No. 23 by Scout.com and No. 26 by ESPN. He is an athletic lineman with room to add more weight to his frame. He plays with aggression but needs work on technique, particularly in pass protection, where scouts say he needs to use his hands more effectively. Offensive linemen typically take a while to develop, and the reward with Trout could be worth a bit of a wait.Damon Webb, DB
5-11, 180 Detroit (Cass Tech)
Other than Raekwon McMillan, he might be the most prized defensive recruit in this class. He is ranked the No. 5 cornerback by Rivals.com, No. 6 by Scout.com and No. 7 by ESPN. He has good size and strength and excellent instincts and agility. He has the potential to be a lockdown corner and will fight for playing time early. He is regarded as a student of the game with the mental game to excel at cornerback.