Ohio State might not win the Scout.com national recruiting crown in 2014, but there's no doubt Urban Meyer's class is among the best in the country.
Scout.com released its final 2014 rankings today, and with three weeks to go until National Signing Day, the Buckeyes lead the nation with 10 committed recruits in the Scout 100. Included are five recruits in Scout's top 51 that will join the team's back seven, which finished 110th in the nation in passing yards allowed in 2013.
In all, 17 of the Buckeyes' 21 commitments are in the Scout 300, all part of a class that is ranked fifth in the current team rankings behind Alabama, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Florida State.
Leading the way is the class' lone five-star prospect, outside linebacker Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller. The 6-6, 221-pounder, who helped his team to the Ohio Division I state championship each of the past two years, is rated 29th overall in the nation and the second best player at his position.
Next up is cornerback Damon Webb, the U.S. Army Bowl's national prep defensive back of the year, who is slotted 42nd in the nation and sixth among cornerbacks.
He is followed closely by Cleveland Glenville safety Erick Smith, who after his appearance in the Army Bowl has jumped up two spots to being the No. 4-ranked safety in the nation. He is also now listed 43rd overall in the country, a jump of 24 spots from his previous ranking.
The fourth Buckeye in the top 50 is linebacker Raekwon McMillan, a December commit from Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County who is rated the No. 50 player in the country. The 6-2, 247-pounder is ranked the fifth best middle linebacker in the nation and could be a contributor in 2014 for the Buckeyes.
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Cornerback Marshon Lattimore of Glenville, who joined Smith in committing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, is rated 51st and is the fifth-highest OSU commit.
He's followed by Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus Hall wideout Curtis Samuel at 60, Chicago De La Salle offensive lineman Jamarco Jones at 61, Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger at 67, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary linebacker and Ohio Mr. Football Dante Booker at 76 and Booker's teammate, running back Parris Campbell, at 85.
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Two Buckeye verbals fell just out of the top 100 with Fort Worth, Texas, offensive guard Demetrius Knox at 107 and Norfolk, Va., defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes at 108.
They are followed by wide receiver Noah Brown at 123, wideout Johnnie Dixon at 151, wideout Terry McLaurin at 230, receiver/safety Malik Hooker at 258 and offensive tackle Kyle Trout at 285.
Berger is rated the No. 3 outside linebacker with Booker right behind at 4, while Jones is rated the No. 6 offensive tackle. Knox is listed seventh at guard, Lattimore is the No. 8 corner and Samuel is the ninth-ranked wideout.
Ohio State is also involved in the recruitment of the 10th-rated overall player, safety Juju Smith; the 20th-best player, defensive end Solomon Thomas; No. 36 overall, defensive end Malik McDowell; No. 73, wideout Trevion Thompson; No. 77, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi; and No. 86, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson.
The Buckeyes are at the moment dominating the Big Ten rankings, with Michigan next up in 19th with three top-100 kids and the only other five-star recruit in the Big Ten in No. 3 Jabrill Peppers, a cornerback from New Jersey. Wisconsin is rated 21st overall, Penn State is 24th and Michigan State is slotted 30th.
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