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Urban Meyer pleased but unsatisfied with Ohio State's recruiting class

By Dan Kadar Published: February 5, 2014

Despite having one of the nation's best recruiting classes, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer isn't content with the group he brought in this year.

247Sports rates Ohio State's class of 23 as third-best in the nation behind only Alabama and LSU.

"As long as you're keeping score, we're going to try and win," Meyer said. "I'm disappointed we weren't the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. There is a correlation to how teams do and how the recruiting class is ranked."

Meyer, who is 24-2 in two seasons at OSU, stressed adding immediate impact talent at offensive line, linebacker and the defensive backfield.

On Wednesday, Meyer said he was overhauling the Buckeyes' linebackers , admitting that "too many mistakes have been made." The four linebackers Meyer brought in -- Raekwon McMillan, Kyle Berger, Dante Booker and Sam Hubbard -- won't be redshirted as freshmen, Meyer said.

"I'm putting pressure on them, coach (Luke) Fickell and myself to get them ready to play," Meyer said of his linebackers. "One thing that's common about all four of those guys is that they're from good high school programs."

Booker, Ohio's reigning Mr. Football, comes from St. Vincent-St. Mary. Hubbard is from Cincinnati powerhouse Archbishop Moeller and Berger played at St. Ignatius in Cleveland.

McMillan, rated as Ohio State's best pickup by recruiting services, is already enrolled in school. Meyer said he can't tell the difference between McMillan and the juniors he's working out with.

Ohio State's secondary is also being revamped. The NCAA turned down two requests by the school to get a medical redshirt for safety Christian Bryant. That means the Buckeyes will be working in three new starting defensive backs.

With the lack of upperclassmen talent in the defensive backfield, Meyer said he also doesn't plan on redshirting new recruits Marshon Lattimore or Damon Webb. Safety Erick Smith should also see action early in his career.

"I'm real excited to get him here," Meyer said about Smith." We're going to put him in at safety."

Although Meyer noted several players he wants to get high in the depth chart early, he also said he doesn't want to use their redshirt for no reason.

"We're counting on these guys to go play," he said. "But you don't want to have a young man come in and play 12 snaps and lose a year. If we're going to play him, play him."

Ohio State will also have to replace four starters on the offensive line to protect Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller at quarterback.

The Buckeyes had to wait until National Signing Day to know for sure they were getting offensive lineman Jamarco Jones. He's one of the lineman Meyer noted as possibly being a starter.

"I think we won today. I think it was a great class," Meyer said. "It would have been a fake smile if we didn't get (Jamarco Jones)."

Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class: 

 

Already enrolled:

Stephen Collier, QB, Lee County (Ga.)
247 composite ranking: No. 633 (overall), No 19 (position)

Johnnie Dixon, WR, Dwyer (Fla.)
247 composite ranking: No. 76 (overall), No. 9 (position)

Marcelys Jones, OL, Glenville
247 composite ranking: No. 391 (overall), No. 21 (position)

Raekwon McMillan, ILB, Libery County (Ga.)
247 composite ranking: No. 22 (overall), No 1 (position)

Sean Nuernberger, K, Oldham County (Ky.)
247 composite ranking: N/A (overall), No. 7 (position)

Curtis Samuel, Ath., Erasmus Hall Campus (N.Y.)
247 composite ranking: No. 59 (overall), No. 8 (position)

Kyle Trout, OT, Lancaster
247 composite ranking: No. 256 (overall), No. 19 (position)

Signed National Letter of Intent Wednesday:

Kyle Berger, OLB, St. Ignatius
247 composite ranking: No. 157 (overall), No. 10 (position)

Dante Booker, LB, St. Vincent-St. Mary
247 composite ranking: No. 54 (overall), No. 4 (position)

Noah Brown, Ath., Pope John XXIII (N.J.)
247 composite ranking: No. 198 (overall), No. 15 (position)

Parris Campbell, WR, St. Vincent-St. Mary
247 composite ranking: No. 139 (overall), No. 22 (position)

Jalyn Holmes, DE, Lake Taylor (Va.)
247 composite ranking: No. 80 (overall), No. 4 (position)

Malik Hooker, DB, New Castle Senior (Pa.)
247 composite ranking: No. 347 (overall), No. 32 (position)

Sam Hubbard, Ath., Moeller
247 composite ranking: No. 181 (overall), No. 13 (position)

Jamarco Jones, OL, De La Salle (Il.)
247 composite ranking: No. 58 (overall), No. 4 (position)

Demetrius Knox, G, All Saints Episcopal (Tx.)
247 composite ranking: No. 97 (overall), No. 5 (position)

Marshon Lattimore, CB, Glenville
247 composite ranking: No. 52 (overall), No. 6 (position)

Terry McLaurin, WR, Cathedral (In.)
247 composite ranking: No. 241 (overall), No. 34 (position)

Darius Slade, DB, Montclair (N.J.)

247 composite rankings: No. 917 (overall), No. 40 (position)

Erick Smith, DB, Glenville
247 composite ranking: No. 66 (overall), No. 6 (position)

Brady Taylor, OL, Bishop Ready School
247 composite ranking: No. 584 (overall), No. 55 (position)

Dylan Thompson, DE, Montini (Il.)
247 composite ranking: No. 463 (overall), No. 21 (position)

Damon Webb, CB, Cass Tech (Mi.)
247 composite ranking: No. 35 (overall), No. 5 (position)

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