Ohio State Football: Huge Recruiting Week on Tap for Meyer and the Buckeyes

David RegimbalFeatured Columnist IVNovember 20, 2016

Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer during the second quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State finished the ninth of 15 spring practices on Tuesday as Urban Meyer and the coaching staff are hard at work trying to improve their team for the upcoming season.

Off the field, Meyer is working just as hard for the future of the program by hosting a number of the top recruiting prospects in the country this week.

As many as 16 Ohio State recruiting targets from the 2014 class plan to visit Columbus this week—a group that includes more than a dozen four-star prospects and two five-star standouts.

One of Ohio State's top targets—five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan—started an important three-day visit on Monday. The Buckeyes are currently battling Alabama and Clemson for the standout linebacker, and a good visit could push the Buckeyes ahead in this close race.

According to Kipp Adams of ESPN.com, McMillan is really enjoying his visit so far. Meeting college football's only two-time Heisman Trophy winner probably has something to do with that:


— Raekwon McMillan™ (@Kwon_daTRUTH) April 3, 2013

The other five-star target—defensive back Jabrill Peppers out of Paramus, N.J.—is set to visit Columbus this weekend. Peppers, who possesses 4.4 speed and the frame of an NFL safety, could play multiple positions in college, but most think he'll wind up at cornerback because of his speed.

Peppers' versatility is well known, as 247Sports.com has ranked him the top athlete in the country.

Outside of those two, the Buckeyes will be hosting a number of offensive linemen this week. Offensive line is Meyer's top recruiting priority this year after landing just two prospects up front for his 2013 class, and some of Ohio State's top targets will be in Columbus this weekend.

That list includes 4-star JUCO prospect Chad Mavety, 4-star tackle Alex Bookser, 4-star tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty and 4-star guard Sam Mustipher. That group will be accompanied by 4-star tackle Kyle Trout, who committed to the Buckeyes back in February. It wouldn't be a shock if Trout did most of the recruiting for Ohio State with this elite group of offensive linemen in town.

Other notable targets scheduled to visit include 4-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt, 4-star safety Cortez McDowell and 4-star cornerback Marshon Lattimore.

It's no mistake that all of these elite prospects will be making their way to Columbus on the weekend Meyer plans to have his "student appreciate day," a practice session where any Ohio State student can come and watch the Buckeyes in action.

It should create a unique and electric environment for these prospects. Last year, all the students in attendance were invited onto the field with the team to create an insane practice scenario for Ohio State's field goal kicker Drew Basil.

Needless to say, this could be a huge week for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.

All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.