Urban Meyer and Ohio State have hit their stride on the recruiting trail. Meyer is known for his ability to close on big time recruits down the stretch, and that trend continued as linebacker Raekwon McMillan and wide receiver Johnnie Dixon both pledged to the Buckeyes this week. These commitments propelled Ohio State to the number 2 class in the nation according to 247’s Composite Rankings. Both players fill an important need for the 2014 class and were major recruiting victories over top programs including Alabama.
Raekwon McMillan had been considered a Buckeye lean throughout the recruiting process, but many top programs made a strong push to keep him from heading north. The Georgia linebacker is ranked as a five star prospect and is the top rated inside linebacker in the country. He had offers from nearly all of the top programs around the nation and his finalists included: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Clemson and Ohio State. McMillan will fill a major need at middle linebacker for Ohio State and plans to enroll early at Ohio State in January. This could make him a candidate to see early playing time as a freshman with the possibility of starting. For a look at Raekwon’s recruiting profile and offer list, be sure to check out his player profile from 247sports.
Johnnie Dixon’s recruitment was much different but it produced the same result for the Buckeyes. Throughout the recruiting process Dixon seemed to be a strong lean to stay close to home and attend Miami (Florida), but in the end he chose the Buckeyes. The Dwyer High School standout (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida) visited Ohio State over the summer and turned in an excellent camp performance in front of Urban Meyer. It was clear from that point on that Dixon would be a big priority at wide receiver in the 2014 class for Ohio State. The staff worked hard to pull Dixon from Florida and their efforts paid off with a commitment this week. Dixon’s finalists were Alabama, Miami, and Ohio State. Like McMillan, he will be enrolling early in January which should give him an opportunity to make an early impact. Check out his player profile at 247sports for his full offer list and recruitment details.
With the additions of Raekwon McMillan and Johnnie Dixon, Ohio State now has 19 commitments in the 2014 class. How many spots remain in this class is not certain, but I would expect 3 to 5 more commitments for the Buckeyes come National Signing Day. The Buckeyes are still in on many top flight prospects to fill these remaining spots and these prospects include: Marshon Lattimore, Erick Smith, Solomon Thomas, Alex Bookser, Malik McDowell, Tony Brown, Mike Rogers, John “JuJu” Smith, Roderick Johnson, and Derrick Nnadi. It is safe to expect that the 2014 class will be rounded out with a few of the names from this list, but with Urban Meyer at the helm don’t rule out a surprise commitment down the stretch.