The Ohio State Buckeyes may have closed the season with two straight losses, but head coach Urban Meyer and his staff are bringing plenty of talent to Columbus in their 2014 class.
According to 247Sports.com’s current rankings, only the Alabama Crimson Tide have a more impressive crop of incoming prospects. That means the Bucks are built to contend next season and will have the depth to develop in the meantime for sustainable prowess.
But some of the current commits have designs of playing right away for Meyer at Ohio State, thanks to the circumstances surrounding the Buckeyes and their respective abilities.
Let’s take a look at the impact some of the best players in this 2014 class should have as the program strides on into a promising future.
Note: Player ratings, statistics and measurements are courtesy of 247Sports.com unless otherwise indicated.
Raekwon McMillan, ILB
As the only surefire 5-star member of the bunch, McMillan stands out as the best candidate to aid Ohio State in 2014.
The Liberty County High School (Hinesville, Ga.) product doesn’t have amazing speed, evident in his 4.79 40-yard dash time, but he has a thick build at 6’2″, 242 pounds. That enhances his chance of seeing the field in a prominent role sooner rather than later.
Perhaps McMillan’s biggest strength is stuffing the run—something the Buckeyes struggled with down the stretch, particularly in the Big Ten title loss to Michigan State.
With dynamic linebacker Ryan Shazier…