**UPDATED 8:37 AM**
Just 90 minutes into signing day and the Buckeyes have already secured six of their 14 “hard commits.”
- LB/S – Sam Hubbard 4-star
- WR – Terry McLaurin 4-star
- ATH – Noah Brown 4-star
- ATH/CB – Marshon Lattimore 4-star
- OL – Brady Taylor 4-star
- S – Erick Smith 4-star
Equally important was Jamarco Jones tweeting this:
— Jamarco Jones (@jjones_73) February 5, 2014
Of the five offensive lineman in the class, he was the sole question mark. He is also the most talented of the big guys Urban recruited for this class.
National Signing Day is full of optimism, bragging rights, and old men hurling insults at 18 year-olds over twitter for selecting “the wrong” school. Columbus will be no different starting tomorrow morning when the letters of intent start rolling in. The Buckeyes have already brought in quite a haul, but until the letters are in or the players are enrolled in classes, nothing is official.
To this point, Ohio State has seen 7 of the potential 22 – 25 recruits enroll for fall classes. Of those 7, 5-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan is the crown jewel of the class. McMillan will likely be the sole 5-star recruit in the class, although 5-star defensive lineman Malik McDowell is still strongly considering the Buckeyes it seems (at least according to his parents).
After the 7 enrollees, there are 14 additional commitments that seem like sure things. The biggest unknown is from 4-star offensive tackle Jamarco Jones. He originally committed to Ohio State, but took visits to other schools in the past month (including Michigan State). It is believed that he will still formally commit to the Buckeyes tomorrow, but it’s very possible he’s had a last minute change of heart that will not be in Ohio State’s favor (this would be a rare loss on the recruiting front for Urban).
All in all, it seems the Buckeyes will land the #2 class in the nation for the second consecutive year. Urban has recruited hard along the offensive line, wide receiving corp, linebackers, and has three promising prospects lined up to battle for the #2 QB spot.
**This post will be updated throughout the day tomorrow when the announcements start flowing in.**