Ohio State, Big Ten leading way in securing Ohio talent

Ohio State, Big Ten leading way in securing Ohio talent

Published Feb. 2, 2014 5:03 p.m. ET

With 2014's National Signing Day set for Wednesday, nearly all of the state of Ohio's top 100 recruits have chosen where they will play their college football.

Nine are headed to Ohio State, including the top six of Cincinnati Moeller linebacker Sam Hubbard, Cleveland Glenville defensive backs Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore, Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary teammates Dante Booker (a linebacker) and Parris Campbell (a running back).

Michigan hit the state hard with nine Ohioans in each of the past two years, but head coach Brady Hoke has only two verbals from the state so far this year -- St. Clairsville linebacker Michael Ferns (the No. 9 player in the state) and Kenton linebacker Noah Furbush (No. 25).

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio has outpaced that with a trio of commitments, including seventh-ranked Vayante Copeland, a cornerback from Dayton Thurgood Marshall.


In all, 30 Ohioans have verbally committed to Big Ten schools while 16 are headed to the ACC and 13 to the SEC.

Five prospects are still undecided with the top prospect still on the market No. 8 Daniel Cage, a defensive tackle from Cincinnnati Winton Woods.    

We will take a closer look at Ohio State's class as well as where some of the other of the state's best prospects are heading later this week.