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Website has OSU behind ‘Bama after landing top recruit


Alabama and Ohio State aren’t just Nos. 1-2 in the AP and USA Today Coaches college football preseason polls. They’re also 1-2 in the latest 247sports.com Class of 2014 recruiting rankings.

A Buckeyes-Tide rivalry might be rolling for years.

Ohio State just assumed the No. 2 spot with a verbal from New York five-star athlete Curtis Samuel (6-0, 185) who preps at Erasmus Hall High in Brooklyn. Samuel also had offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and Florida.

Ohio State’s 2014 class now numbers 17 and includes six players from Ohio. Expect the Buckeyes to sign 22 total come February.

Alabama’s class numbers 18.

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Despite the fact 247sports loves Ohio State’s class, ESPN doesn’t feel the same. The Worldwide Leader has the Buckeyes No. 13 in its current rankings. ESPN actually dropped OSU one notch after Samuel’s commitment. Alabama is No. 1 in ESPN’s rankings. Michigan is sixth.

Keeping Track: Which colleges have the most commits from Ohio seniors currently? Kent State leads the way with 11, while Bowling Green is second with nine.

Louisville, Cincinnati and Ohio each have seven Ohio commits.

Flyers deliver: Minster senior defensive lineman Wes Hegemann (6-2, 250) picked up a new offer from Dayton this weekend. Hegemann also has offers from Tiffin and Butler.

Smart choice: Tippecanoe senior running back Jacob Hall (6-2, 200) may not be the only Miami County player headed to an Ivy League school. Troy senior tight end/linebacker Seth Overla (6-4, 220) picked up an offer from Princeton. He previously held one from Cornell. Overla was special mention All-GWOC last year.

Off limits: Just because a prospect has committed doesn’t mean other colleges won’t stop recruiting him. Centerville senior defensive lineman Tito Odenigbo (6-4, 256) committed to Illinois way back in March, but recently he picked up his first two new offers since then from Minnesota and Cincinnati.

Kicking the competition: Kickers don’t get a lot of attention, but it needs to be noted that Ohio has a few good ones right now. Walsh Jesuit senior Mike Knoll (6-1, 190) has committed to Boston College, while Whitehouse Anthony Wayne senior Jake Hatbarger (6-4, 195) just received an offer from Oklahoma. Hartbarger also has offers from Iowa State, Toledo and Miami. Massillon Washington junior Andrew David (5-8, 162) has already committed to Michigan.


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