After picking up their 11th recruit last Thursday, Ohio State Football Head Coach Urban Meyer and his recruiting brain trust stayed at full throttle and brought in two more recruits over the weekend. The Buckeyes have now welcomed QB Stephen Collier and WR Terry McLaurin.
Collier, a 3-star prospect from Leesburg, Ga., committed to Ohio State Friday night after receiving offers from schools like Boston College, Cincinnati and Wake Forest. With Kenny Guiton graduating in the Spring and Braxton Miller’s draft potential, Meyer desperately needed a Quarterback for 2014, and he got a good one.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback has a strong arm and running style, making him a valuable prospect in today’s game of college football. According to the Atlantic Journal-Constitution, Collier threw for 1,887 yards and 23 touchdowns in his junior season. On top of that, Collier ran for 485 yards and 11 touchdowns.
You might be questioning his 3-star status and why Meyer would go after anything less than 4-stars this early in recruitment. The Buckeyes are also in hot pursuit of 4-star, top ranked dual-threat QB Brandon Harris. Will the Buckeyes offer to Collier affect Harris’ decision? Only time will tell.
It’s no secret that Meyer loves to recruit players with speed. Lots, and lots, of speed. It’s been said that if you don’t recruit speed, you chase speed, which brings us to Ohio State’s most recent class of 2014 commit, WR Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin was offered by the Ohio State coaching staff on Friday, and he accepted the offer faster than he can run the 40-yard dash (4.36 seconds, according to Eleven Warriors). The 6-foot-0, 190 pound speed demon from Indianapolis was attracted to Ohio State for many reasons, including their academics, championship ready team, and his potential to be a big-time play maker.
McLaurin will have his first ability to showcase his talents as a future Buckeye at The Opening in Eugene, Orgeon next week. The Opening is a camp sponsored by Nike that showcases the nation’s top college football prospects every year. 162 young recruits have been invited, many of which are on Meyer and Ohio State’s radar.
Now, for those of you who remember, Meyer’s spread offense and strategy made Percy Harvin a household name. Harvin wasn’t a great wide receiver by any stretch of the imagination. But he was fast. Wicked fast. Now don’t get me wrong, Meyer has forgotten more about football than I’ll ever hope to know. But, after watching his highlights, I see a Harvin-esque style to the young McLaurin.
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