College football fan bases can hit highs and lows pretty quickly. Just ask Ohio State faithful.
Less than 24 hours after the Buckeyes second-half slide and disappointing defensive effort in an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, OSU fans had a lot to celebrate. At the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday, Cleveland Glenville teammates Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore committed to Ohio State on live national TV. Both are defensive backs and should aid a secondary in need of immediate help.
Both also picked the Buckeyes over Alabama.
Lattimore is ranked the No. 5 cornerback prospect in the country by 247sports.com and is a top 40 player nationally in the 247 composite rankings (which includes averages from all the major recruiting services).
Smith is a top 15 safety prospect.
Even better news for Buckeye fans? Additional defensive help is coming in the form of two of the country’s top linebackers.
Liberty County (Ga.) senior Raekwon McMillan committed to Ohio State on Dec. 16. McMillan is the unanimous No. 1 inside linebacker prospect in the country.
He’ll be joined by Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary senior linebacker Dante Booker, who committed to Ohio State back in May and has since been named the state’s 2013 Mr. Football winner. Booker is considered the country’s No. 2 OLB prospect.
Of its current 21 members, the Buckeyes 2014 recruiting class features eight defensive prospects, including an additional top 50 player in defensive back Damon Webb (Detroit, Mich.).
Rigg becomes a Redhawk: Springboro senior tight end Jordan Rigg committed to Miami this past weekend. Rigg, a three-time All-GWOC South Division selection (two-time first team), also had offers from Ohio, Ball State, Buffalo and Massachusetts.
Oberer update: Northmont senior quarterback Graham Oberer continues to garner interest. Oberer is currently being courted by Dayton, Butler, Youngstown State, Urbana, Findlay, Kentucky State, Ashland and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A first-year starter, Oberer earned first team All-GWOC Central Division honors after throwing for 2,397 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Ohio hotbed: To date (according to ScoutingOhio.com), 126 Ohio seniors have committed to Division I football programs. A total of 202 have reported offers.