Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's Dante Booker, back, watches as Travonte Junius, right, strips the ball from Bellevue quarterback Jalen Santoro in the fourth quarter of the Division III state high school football championship in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012.
With less than a month until National Signing Day, Scout.com released its final national top 300, and it features plenty of representatives of Ohio State and the state of Ohio.
Seventeen of Ohio State’s 21 commitments (so far) are part of the top 300. That includes 10 in the top 100, a national high according to BuckeyeSports.com.
Leading the latter group is Cincinnati Moeller five-star linebacker Sam Hubbard, who ranks No. 29 overall. He is followed by No. 42 Damon Webb (CB, Detroit) No. 43 Erick Smith (safety, Cleveland Glenville), No. 50 Raekwon McMillan (LB, Hinesville, Ga., Liberty County), No. 51 Marshon Lattimore (CB, Cleveland Glenville), No. 60 Curtis Samuel (WR, Brooklyn, N.Y., Erasmus Hall), No. 61 Jamarco Jones (OL, Chicago De La Salle), No. 67 Kyle Berger (LB, Cleveland St. Ignatius), No. 76 Dante Booker (LB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary) and No. 85 Parris Campbell (RB, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary).
Per BuckeyeSports.com, Ohio State remains in pursuit of several top 300 prospects, including the 10th-rated overall player, safety Juju Smith; the 20th-best player, defensive end Solomon Thomas; No. 36 overall, defensive end Malik McDowell; No. 73, wideout Trevion Thompson; No. 77, defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi; and No. 86, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson.
While Ohio State has verbal commitments from seven of the 21 Ohioans who earned at least four stars from Scout for 2014, the rest are headed to a variety of places — including the Ivy League.
Kentucky has commitments from three (Lima Central Catholic safety Darius West, Cincinnati Winton Woods cornerback Mike Edwards and Springfield wide receiver Thaddeus Snodgrass) and Notre Dame has two (Cleveland Central Catholic quarterback DeShone Kizer and Cleveland St. Ignatius offensive lineman Jimmy Byrne).
Michigan has a commitment from one of Ohio’s four-star prospects (St. Clairsville linebacker Michael Ferns), as does Alabama (Cincinnati LaSalle wide receiver Derek Kief), Tennessee (Minster tight end Ethan Wolf), Michigan State (Dayton Thurgood Marshall cornerback Vayante Copeland), Virginia Tech (Youngstown Ursuline quarterback Chris Durkin), Wisconsin (Gallion wide receiver Dareian Watkins) and Yale (Cincinnati Mariemont offensive lineman Jon Bezney).
Two of Ohio’s four-star prospects remain uncommitted — linebacker Tegray Scales of Cincinnati Colerain and defensive tackle Daniel Cage of Cincinnati Winton Woods.