Dorian Bell. Jaamal Berry. Duron Carter.
Those are just three of the many blue-chip prospects who came to Ohio State with high recruiting rankings and even higher expectations, only to flame out and never produce.
Recruiting busts are common at every level of college football, and the Buckeyes are certainly no exception. Despite loads of potential and all the resources one would need, some players just never put things together at the collegiate level.
These three players—with varying levels of severity—are trying to avoid that fate.
Ohio State fans are anxious to see 5-star freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillan in action this fall, but Curtis Grant—a former 5-star standout himself—is standing in his way.
Grant started the 2012 season as the starting middle linebacker before losing his job to converted fullback Zach Boren midway through the year. In 2013, he rebounded from that setback and had a solid season, but Urban Meyer was disappointed with the overall linebacker play.
With his senior season nearing, Grant knows he needs to hold off McMillan to keep his starting job, according to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch: “When a guy comes in like that, that talented, it makes you want to work on your craft more, and do the things you need to do to continue to get better.”
McMillan will certainly play, but Grant’s too talented and experienced to take a back seat to a freshman.