Da’Shawn Hand is this year’s Robert Nkemdiche. a defensive end out of Woodbridge, Virginia. He is the number one prospect in the country based on almost every major recruiting service in the nation. The good news for the Buckeyes is they have offered the 6’4″ 245 lbs athlete a scholarship to play his college ball in Columbus, Ohio. The bad news, however, is that he probably will not be coming to Columbus as his Top 5 schools of interest are Alabama, Florida, Michigan, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Is Urban Meyer hoping that he goes to Michigan or Virginia Tech? Most likely not. Why is this? Because there are plenty of other top prospects in the 2014 class who are considering to put on the scarlet and grey and play for Ohio State. Although it is early, recruits have been making their college choices earlier and earlier in recent years. Here are 5 of the best players in the 2014 class that have mutual interest in Ohio State:
Jabrill Peppers - This cornerback out of Paramus, New Jersey is one of the better defensive prospects in the nation. He has the size of a prototypical NFL cornerback, checking in at 6’1″ 210 lbs. . After recently releasing his top 5 schools of interest (Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford), Peppers will probably wait until after the season to make his college decision.
Quin Blanding - If you were to google ”top safety prospects in the 2014 class” this stud’s name would most definitely come up. Out Virginia Beach, Virginia, Blanding has great size for his position (6’2″ 196 lbs), and he has a Top 10 list that includes Ohio State. According to Rivals 2014 rankings he’s the 4th best player in the country.
Andrew Brown - Brown is yet another prospect from Virginia who is ranked in the Top 10 in the Rivals rankings. He is a 6’4″ 292 lbs beast who makes playing the defensive tackle position look easy. Ohio State is one of Brown’s few schools of interest, however, Urban Meyer will have to fight off instate schools Virginia and Virginia Tech to get a commit from him.
Elijah Hood – Few running backs even got close to as many rushing yards as Hood did in the 2012 season. He rushed for a whopping 3,309 yards on 278 carries, averaging 11.9 yards a pop and scoring a whopping 48 touchdowns! Not so shabby right? Rivals.com would agree as they have Hood ranked as the 12th best player in the country. Ohio State is among Hood’s top 6 schools of interest. That list includes Clemson, Georgia Tech, Michigan, North Carolina and Notre Dame.
Kentavious Street - This 6’4” 255 lbs monster of a weakside defensive end from Greenville, North Carolina has everything Ohio State is looking for from a defensive lineman. Though he is ranked as the 14th best player in the country, his offer list is limited to mostly ACC schools. However, with his combination of size, power, and speed, he could wreck havoc in any conference in major college football.