John Simon isn’t the most physically impressive defensive end in this draft, but he more than makes up for it with his effort and leadership. The Ohio State product was a big leader…
Throughout the next few months, BuckeyeNation will look deeper into those juniors offered by Ohio State. We’ll give as much detail as we can and go behind the scenes to see why these class of 2014 standouts are so attractive to the Buckeyes. Next up on the list is defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who led the Blue Devils to their first state title in 55 years — this one a Georgia Class AAAAAA crown. Lorenzo Carter, Norcross (Ga.) Norcross Vitals: 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds Status: Uncommitted and in demand with more than 25 offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas.
SUWANEE, Ga. — ESPN Watch List defensive end Dante Sawyer of North Gwinnett (Ga.) High School is becoming one of the most popular juniors in the country. After picking up an offer from Alabama just over a week ago, Sawyer dropped in on the Crimson Tide as part of Nick Saban and company’s junior day. Sawyer said he was blown away. “It was great,” Sawyer said. “I loved it. They showed me a lot of love, I mean a lot of love. They showed me that they really want me to come, so I’m really considering them.
When Georgia lost defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner to Auburn, the worry amongst the Georgia fans was more focused on how his departure would impact recruiting so close to signing day rather than what would happen on the defensive front. But according to one ESPN Watch List standout, Garner’s replacement will do just fine. Defensive end Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing) just picked up a Georgia offer from new Bulldogs defensive line coach Chris Wilson.
Heading into Thursday, Ohio State had offers out to 10 defensive linemen on the ESPN Watch List. Make that 11. It’s a defensive lineman with a familiar last name as well. The latest from the Class of 2014 to receive an offer is Solomon Thomas (Coppell, Texas/Coppell), and this offer is a big one. Thomas, who becomes the 10th defensive end offered out of the junior class and the 14th defensive lineman overall, has been on the radar for a lot of schools already.
Southfield (Mich.) defensive end Lawrence Marshall either has offers from or is hearing from all of the Midwest’s biggest programs. He took a visit to one Sunday and received a visit from another Monday. Marshall attended Michigan State’s junior day Sunday, and he said the visit went well. While on the visit, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Marshall sat down and talked with several of the coaches. They explained to him how they plan to use him in East Lansing if he commits.
As signing day approaches for the 2013 class, a 2014 standout made headlines on Tuesday when he announced his top five. ESPN Watch List defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va./Woodbridge), considered by many to be No. 1 player in next year’s class, released his top five via Twitter. The group included Alabama, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. “The reason why they’re my top five is I love all the coaching staffs,” Hand said.
Few recruits can say they have had a better December than ESPN 2014 Watch List selection Lorenzo Carter (Norcross, Ga./Norcross). Over the past two weeks, offers came flooding in from Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and Wake Forest. Moments after the 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end helped defeat Lovejoy for the GHSA AAAAAA classification state championship and a perfect season, the SEC champions and defending national champions made sure it was a night to remember for Carter.
At the Shrine Bowl, Miller Safrit talks with Ohio State commit Tyquan Lewis (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro) and finds out what the defensive end is looking forward to about enrolling early.
Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes never rest, especially when it comes to the trenches. With six defensive linemen in the fold in the class of 2013, the school has set its sights on 2014 and is going after one of the most sought after defensive ends in the country. Ohio State already knows about Norcross (Ga.) High School as it is actively pursuing running back Myles Autry. Now, the Buckeyes are after two from the school as Lorenzo Carter has been offered by the Buckeyes.