As the Buckeyes continue to add recruits to the class of 2014 at a fairly regular pace, things will start to heat up for Ohio's top prospect according to more than one recruiting site, Cleveland Glenville's Marshon Lattimore.
Lattimore, a six-foot, 185-pound four-star wide receiver who's listed as an athlete on Rivals.com and ESPN.com, is talented enough that he could switch to the other side of the ball and play cornerback at the collegiate level.
According to Scout.com, Lattimore has good body control, hands and ball skills and is able to contort his body to bring in passes that most receivers can't. He's elusive after the catch but could use some work with his route running, per the site. ESPN lists Lattimore’s three top attributes as his versatility, his ability as a playmaker and his ball skills.
He's noted as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Ohio by Rivals and ESPN, and at worst is listed as the No. 5 wide receiver nationally by Scout. If Urban Meyer wants to continue the "fence around Ohio" tradition of Buckeye recruiting, this is the name to get.
He's got quite the expansive list of scholarship offers at the moment. From the Big Ten: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. From other BCS conferences: Alabama, Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Oregon, Tennessee and Southern California. And two MAC schools, of course: Akron and Toledo.
According to some reports, Lattimore will announce his decision at the 2014 US Army All-American Bowl. That game is set for Jan 4, 2014.
Shell passes on Buckeyes
Considering he’s a five-star running back and a can’t miss prospect who could have just about hand-picked where he went to school, Rushel Shell has had quite the tumultuous recruiting process. First, he went to Pittsburgh and became a huge home run for the Panthers as they transition to the ACC (which officially happened today). Then he decided he wanted to leave but wasn’t allowed to transfer to Arizona State, now the home of the quickly-departed Todd Graham. He chose UCLA, and then decided he wanted to come back to Pittsburgh, only the Panthers weren’t ready to welcome him back.
As Shell searched for his new home, it came down to Ohio State, Kentucky and West Virginia. For currently unknown reasons, the Buckeyes are no longer an option according to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy. Shell will visit both Kentucky and West Virginia and make a decision afterward, though he’ll have to sit out the 2013 season either way.