Rivals.com released their initial list of the best recruits for the 2014 recruiting cycle and Ohio State already has landed two recruits on that list. Defensive Back Damon Webb from Detroit, Michigan appears at #32. Kyle Trout, an Offensive Linemen from Lancaster, Ohio appears at #217.
Urban landing Damon Webb is somewhat of a coup for the Buckeyes. His high school, Cass Tech, has long been a Michigan pipeline. In fact, three of the schools current Seniors (2013 class) signed with Michigan last week.
Webb had offers from many major schools including Michigan, LSU and Mississippi State. He gave his commitment to the Buckeyes on January 13, 2013.
As a Junior on Defense, he collected 42 tackles while grabbing 7 interceptions, breaking up 10 passes and recovering 2 fumbles for his Cass Tech team. On Offense, he snared 30 receptions and hauled in 7 touchdowns.
As long as Webb comes in prepared for the 2014 season, he should be ready to play. He has played against several college football prospect just in practice. This is not the case for many high school players who are almost always the best player on their team.
Kyle Trout is less of a coup for the Buckeye as Lancaster is only 45 minutes south of Columbus. Lancaster is also the hometown of fiery Civil War General William T. Sherman. Urban Meyer is hoping that Trout can bring some of that tenacity to the Offensive Line.
Trout has offers from Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia as well as some MAC schools. He committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday.
At 6’6″ 280, he looks like an ideal prospect to play the Tackle. They question will be how athletic is he. If he is light on his feet then he can play Left Tackle. If he is more of a mauler-type then Right Tackle will be his spot. Also, is he really 6’6″ 280? Sometimes, Rivals and Scout have bloated numbers. He may only be 6’5″ 260. If that is the case, he will need to add weight and maybe play Guard.