Ohio State Commits, Targets on the Move in Updated 247Sports Recruiting Rankings

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistJuly 12, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.
Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com.

The updated 247Sports.com recruiting rankings were released on Wednesday, and a number of Ohio State commits and targets made big moves up the board.

Dante Booker, who committed to Ohio State in May, is the biggest winner. The outside linebacker from Akron, Ohio, jumped 73 spots, earning a 5-star rating in the process. Booker's performance at The Opening, Nike's premier recruiting camp, gave him a big lift, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.

After Booker blew us all away at The Opening with his testing (6-3, 212, 4.52 in the 40), I took another look at his junior film. Not only is Booker fast, he’s football fast, instinctive and a great playmaker. There’s talk he could put his hand down in college and that would be fine. He also can play in space well enough to remain at linebacker. Booker is a special player right now, but after digging in on who he really is as a prospect and what he showed at The Opening, he has special potential as well.

Booker is now Ohio State's highest rated recruit, but he wasn't the only one who made a dramatic leap.

In fact, the biggest move was made by wide receiver Terry McLaurin. The 6'0", 190-pound speedster jumped 227 spots to No. 212  while also gaining his fourth star. McLaurin, who committed to the Buckeyes in June, also had a strong performance at The Opening. He was second in the Sparq competition, finishing behind 5-star receiver Speedy Noil.

McLaurin's former 3-star status had some pegging him as a sleeper pick for Urban Meyer, but his impressive showing should attract the attention of other schools. That process has already begun, according to Michael Chung of The-Ozone.net.

Buckeye fans knew this would happen, but after The Opening, Terry McLaurin has been pursued by other "bigger" named schools.

— Michael Chung (@MChungOZone) July 12, 2013

Ole Miss was one of those schools, but McLaurin, to this point, has no interest in wavering on his commitment to Ohio State.

Other Buckeyes commits who improved their ranking were athlete Sam Hubbard (up six spots to No. 219), wide receiver Parris Campbell (up 11 spots to No. 119), linebacker Kyle Berger (up 46 spots to No. 94) and cornerback Damon Webb (up 17 spots to No. 80).

Some Ohio State commits, however, slipped down the board. While all these prospects maintained their 4-star status, offensive tackle Kyle Trout (down 44 spots), offensive guard Marcelys Jones (down 10 spots) and defensive end Jalyn Holmes (down 27 spots) took a small dive.

One of Meyer's top remaining targets made a huge jump. Curtis Samuel, a 6'0", 185-pound athlete out of Brooklyn, N.Y., earned a fifth star after elevating 57 spots to No. 25. 

The Buckeyes' other top targets were by and large able to maintain their positions. Linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was ranked No. 14, slipped just one spot. The same goes for offensive tackle Damian Prince, who ranks No. 17, and quarterback Brandon Harris, who sits at No. 99.

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore held serve at No. 34, but offensive guard Demetrius Knox fell 25 spots to No. 135.

The recruiting cycle just hit its midway point, so these rankings will remain fluid throughout the year. The Buckeyes have the highest rated class in the Big Ten at No. 4 nationally, behind Alabama, Miami and Florida State.


All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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