ESPN updated its top 300 rankings for the 2014 football recruiting class and it features seven Ohio State commits.
57. Damon Webb, Cornerback, Cass Technical High School (Detroit), 5'10, 179 pounds
67. Jamarco Jones, Offensive tackle, De La Salle Institute (Chicago), 6'4, 300 pounds
127. Dante Booker Jr., Outside linebacker, St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6'3, 212 pounds
148. Curtis Samuel, Athlete, Erasmus Hall High School (Brooklyn), 5'11, 186 pounds
160. Jalyn Holmes, Defensive end, Lake Taylor High School (Norfolk, VA), 6'5, 235 pounds
166. Demetrius Knox, Guard, All Saints Episcopal School (Fort Worth, TX), 6'4, 296 pounds
174. Parris Campbell Jr., Athlete, St. Vincent-St. Mary, 6'0, 184 pounds
Ohio State's class, which currently has 18 commits, ranks ninth nationally. Among Big Ten teams, they are behind Michigan, which comes in at No. 7. The Wolverines have nine players in the top 300. Predictably, defending national champion Alabama has the most with 17.
Notably missing from the top 300, at least among Ohio State recruits, is St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger. Previously No. 281 in the rankings, Berger fell out after tearing his ACL and being lost for the season.
The Buckeyes are still hard after several top recruits including offensive tackles Alex Bookser (No. 149, Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh) and Damian Prince (No. 26, Forestville, MD). The Buckeyes are also after athlete Marshon Lattimore and safety Erick Smith of Glenville are also high on Ohio State's wish list. The Buckeyes have a commitment from Tarblooders offenvise tackle Marcelys Jones, who is not in the top 300.
In an ESPN Insider story, national recruiting coordinator Jeremy Crabtree predicts a strong finish from Ohio State.