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A Thumbnail Look At Ohio State’s Recruiting Class

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Kyle Berger

Linebacker / 6-2, 225

Cleveland, Ohio / St. Ignatius

Did not play as a senior after injuring a knee in a preseason football scrimmage in August . a consensus four star prospect heading into his senior season, he was one of the top defensive players in Ohio after a junior season in which he had 105 tackles and 10 quarterback sacks among his 44 tackles-for-loss.

Dante Booker

Linebacker / 6-3, 215

Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary

The 2013 Ohio Mr. Football, Dante Booker is considered one of the very best players in the nation with a five-star rating from 247Sports and a No. 13 overall ranking . the first defensive player to win Ohio Mr. Football since Andy Katzenmoyer in 1995, Booker is rated the No. 2 outside linebacker by 247Sports, the No. 4 OLB by Scout and the No. 4 inside linebacker by Rivals . ESPN rated him No. 8 on the outside . Associated Press Division III all-state in 2012 and 2013, and the defensive player of the year in 2013 . totaled 126 tackles as a senior and led St. Vincent-St. Mary to back-to-back state championships, including a perfect, 15-0 record in 2013 and a 13-2 mark in 2012.

Noah Brown

Wide Receiver / 6-2, 225

Sparta, N.J. / Pope John XXIII

Listed as high as the No. 9 “athlete” by Rivals and No. 13 by 247Sports . first-team all-New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger as a senior after amassing 1,363 total offensive yards and 21 touchdowns while helping Pope John, coached by Brian Carlson, reach the non-public league Group 3.

Parris Campbell

Wide Receiver / 6-1, 184

Akron, Ohio / St. Vincent-St. Mary

Rankings as high as the No. 14 running back (Scout), No. 15 athlete (Rivals), No. 19 wide receiver (247Sports) and No. 22 athlete (ESPN) . Associated Press Division III all-state in 2013 after rushing for 1,584 yards and 22 touchdowns and helping lead St. Vincent-St. Mary to a repeat state championship with a 15-0 record.

Stephen Collier

Quarterback / 6-3, 210

Leesburg, Ga. / Lee County H.S.

Passed for more than 4,000 yards, rushed for 1,500 yards and had 78 touchdowns (passing and rushing) at Lee County High School . accounted for a Lee County school-record 44 touchdowns this season to lead his team to a 10-2 record, the Region 1-AAAAA title and a berth in the Georgia state.

Johnnie Dixon

Wide Receiver / 5-11, 195

West Palm Beach, Fla. / Dwyer H.S.

Competed at the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio . has a reported 4.37 time in the 40 . ranked No. 15 at his position by Rivals and No. 30 by Scout . helped Dwyer High School to its second Florida Class 7A state championship in school history and its first-ever unbeaten season (15-0) in 2013.

Jalyn Holmes

Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240

Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor

Registered 59 tackles-for-loss including 21 sacks the last two seasons … Ranked as high as the No. 4 weak-side defensive end by both Rivals and 247Sports and the No. 13 defensive end, overall, by Scout . helped Lake Taylor to a 10-3 record in 2013 and reach the semifinals of the Virginia 4A state championship tournament.

Malik Hooker

Safety / 6-2, 190

New Castle, Pa. / New Castle

Played just two seasons of high school football – basketball was his preferred sport before that. … helped New Castle to the WPIAL Class AAA state playoffs in 2013 and to a 7-3 record . named Pennsylvania Football Writers Class AAA all-state and all-Western Pennsylvania as a defensive back.

Sam Hubbard

Linebacker / 6-6, 230

Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller

Sam Hubbard was a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state safety in 2013 and was rated by Scout as the No. 1 player in the state of Ohio and a five-star recruit . projects as a linebacker in college . Hubbard led Moeller to consecutive Division I state championships as a junior and senior . he recorded 109 tackles and five interceptions as a senior, including a 10-tackle performance against Mentor in the 2013 state title game to cap a 14-1.

Jamarco Jones

Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 315

Chicago, Ill. / De La Salle

Rated as high as the 63rd-best player in the nation overall by Scout and also had high overall rankings of No. 74 (ESPN), No. 76 (247Sports) and No. 94 (Rivals) . among the 10 best offensive tackle prospects nationally, with No. 6 rankings by both Scout and ESPN and No. 7 rankings by Rivals and 247Sports . despite missing first half of his senior season with a shoulder injury, Jones earned Illinois Coaches Association first-team Class 6A all-state honors and Champaign News-Gazette all-state accolades.

Marcelys Jones

Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 340

Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville H.S.

The 20th of coach Ted Ginn’s Cleveland Glenville Tarblooders to attend Ohio State on a football scholarship in the last 13 seasons . as a senior, Jones was the foundation along the offensive line in Glenville’s 13-2 campaign that included a run to the state championship game . he was named first-team Associated Press Division II all-state as a senior.

Demetrius Knox

Offensive Lineman / 6-4, 285

Fort Worth, Texas / All Saints Episcopal

Played tackle for an undefeated All Saints Episcopal team but has high national rankings as an offensive guard . Rivals rates Knox as its No. 2 guard prospect and Scout (No. 7), 247Sports (No. 10) and ESPN (No. 11) also have him highly ranked . considered among the top players in the nation regardless of position . helped All Saints Episcopal to consecutive, 11-0, seasons and Southwest Preparatory School championships.

Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback / 6-0, 180

Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville

Ranked No. 44 nationally by 247Sports and No. 45 by ESPN with Scout ranking him No. 51 – and he is a Top 10 cornerback . Lattimore starred in the defensive backfield and as a receiver on a Glenville team that went 13-2 in 2013 and advanced to the Division II state championship game. … had 40 receptions for 911 yards and 16 TDs as a senior and also had three special teams touchdowns.

Terry McLaurin

Wide Receiver / 6-0, 190

Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral

The 2013 Indiana Mr. Football, a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals, McLaurin is considered a Top 50 wide receiver with a high ranking of No. 28 by 247Sports and additional rankings of No. 43 (Scout), No. 46 (Rivals) and No. 61 (ESPN) . Ranked as the seventh-fastest prospect nationally in his class (4.41 40.

Raekwon McMillan

Linebacker / 6-2, 242

Hinesville, Ga. / Liberty County H.S.

The nation’s top-rated ILB by ESPN and Rivals and he was chosen as the 2013 national high school Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country . a five-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports, McMillan was rated as an overall Top 20 performer nationally by those three services . McMillan accumulated 456 tackles and 10 forced fumbles during his career.

K Sean Nuernberger

Kicker / 6-1, 235

Buckner, Ky. / Oldham Co. H.S.

Rated among the Top 10 kicking prospects nationally by all the recruiting services . a two-time Kentucky first-team all-state kicker as chosen by the Louisville Courier-Journal, Nuernberger connected on 13 of 20 field goal tries, 21 of 23 extra points and he averaged 42.3 yards per punts as a senior.

Curtis Samuel

Hybrid RB/WR / 5-11, 185

Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall H.S.

Rated as the No. 9 receiver by Scout, No. 5 athlete by 247Sports and No. 8 receiver by Rivals . Samuel rushed for 1,461 yards, averaged 15.8 yards per rush and scored 17 touchdowns this season and helped his 10-2 Dutchmen team to a second appearance in the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) city title game.

Darius Slade

Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 240

Montclair, N.J. / Montclair

Slade recorded 37 quarterback sacks for 126 yards in losses the past two seasons and helped Montclair High School to consecutive 12-0 seasons and back-to-back New Jersey Group 5 state championships . his school has the distinction of being the first to claim consecutive state titles since the current New Jersey playoff system was implemented in 1974 . Slade had 67 tackles, including 23.5 sacks (and 35 total tackles for loss), as a senior.

Erick Smith

Safety / 6-1, 195

Cleveland, Ohio / Glenville

A consensus four-star recruit and a Top 100 player in the nation with overall national rankings of No. 43 by Scout, No. 51 by Rivals and No. 61 by 247Sports . considered a Top 5 safety prospect by two recruiting services: No. 2 by 247Sports, No. 4 by Scout . rated the No. 11 safety by ESPN . No. 2 ranked player in Ohio by Scout . had 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the state title game and had a “pick six” in the state semifinals.

Brady Taylor

Offensive Lineman / 6-5, 290

Columbus, Ohio / Bishop Ready

A first-team Division VI Associated Press all-state selection as a senior . he helped Ready enjoy one of its finest seasons in school history in 2013, winning 12 of 14 games … Taylor is rated as a Top 50 offensive tackle prospect nationally by both Rivals (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 45).

Dylan Thompson

Defensive Lineman / 6-5, 270

Lombard, Ill. / Montini Catholic

Scout ranks him No. 39 at end . Thompson played on Montini Catholic state championship football teams as a freshman, sophomore and junior and on a runner-up, 13-1 team as senior . he tied the school record with 17 quarterback sacks as a senior and also contributed 60 tackles and a total of 35 tackles-for-loss.

Kyle Trout

Offensive Lineman / 6-6, 300

Lancaster, Ohio / Lancaster H.S.

Kyle Trout is a four-star offensive line prospect as determined by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports . he is rated as a Top 25 tackle nationally, with rankings of No. 17 (Rivals), No. 22 by 247Sports, No. 23 (Scout) and No. 26 (ESPN) . Trout is also listed overall on the Rivals 250 (No. 197), the Scout 300 (285) and he is rated No. 246 nationally by 247Sports . a two-time Associated Press all-state performer.

Damon Webb

Cornerback / 5-11, 180

Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech

Considered one of the top players coming out of Michigan this year – he was a 2013 Associated Press Division I-II all-state pick and the state co-player of the year – and is a consensus four-star prospect . he also is considered one of the Top 50 players nationally, with a ranking of No. 40 overall by Rivals with Scout (No. 42) and 247Sports (No. 43) concurring and ESPN rating Webb No. 58 on its ESPN 300.

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