3 Biggest Questions Ohio State Needs to Answer Before 2014 National Signing Day

David Regimbal@davidreg412Featured ColumnistDecember 15, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 28:  Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes watches his team warm up before a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio Stadium on September 28, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 college football season winding down, coaching staffs around the country are gearing up to put the finishing touches on their 2014 recruiting classes.

Urban Meyer has Ohio State set up for success with 17 verbal pledges already in the fold. The Buckeyes' class is highlighted by two 5-star prospects in Dante Booker (linebacker) and Curtis Samuel (athlete), along with 12 other 4-star recruits.

Meyer has made a habit of finishing the recruiting season strong, but how can he make a class that already ranks third in the country even stronger?

Here are the three biggest questions Ohio State needs to answer before national signing day.


Will Ohio State Add More Offensive Linemen?

Meyer's top priority in 2014 was to build depth along an offensive line that is losing four senior starters at the end of the season.

4-star tackle Jamarco Jones was a key pledge for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
4-star tackle Jamarco Jones was a key pledge for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.Photo via 247 Sports

He's well on his way to doing so after securing commitments from 4-star tackles Jamarco Jones and Kyle Trout and 4-star guards Demetrius Knox and Marcelys Jones.

The Buckeyes would love to add one more lineman, but their biggest remaining target—4-star JUCO prospect Chad Mavety—chose Florida State over Ohio State last week.

The Buckeyes are still pursuing a number of prospects, most notably 4-star tackles Frank Ragnow and Alex Bookser. Ohio State is facing an uphill battle for both players, but with Meyer at the helm, the Buckeyes are never out of the race.


Can the Buckeyes Secure Raekwon McMillan?

Of all the talented prospects in this year's class, 5-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan has been Ohio State's top recruiting target from the start.

McMillan, a 6'2", 242-pound standout from Hinesville, Ga., has offers from schools such as Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Florida State and USC, but his final decision will be come between Ohio State, Alabama and Clemson.

That decision will come on Monday, December 16 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Similar to the offensive line, Ohio State wants to build depth at linebacker. With Booker already in the fold, the Buckeyes have a chance to sign two 5-star linebackers in the same class to bolster a huge position of need.

Landing McMillan could propel Ohio State to a very strong finish.


Will Urban Meyer Sign Any Surprises?

Ohio State is in very good position to land commitments from 4-star prospects Marshon Lattimore (cornerback), Erick Smith (safety) and Johnnie Dixon. Those names have been on Ohio State's radar for a long time, but will there be any surprises down the stretch?

Landing 5-star cornerback Tony Brown would be a huge win for the Buckeyes.
Landing 5-star cornerback Tony Brown would be a huge win for the Buckeyes.Photo via 247 Sports.

Meyer has been hotly pursuing a trio of 5-star prospects who are warming up to the Buckeyes.

Tony Brown, a 6'0", 188-pound cornerback out of Beaumont, Texas, is considered a heavy LSU lean, but Meyer has worked the Buckeyes into contention. John "JuJu" Smith, the talented safety out of Long Beach, Calif., has also been getting a lot of attention from Ohio State, as well as defensive end Solomon Thomas.

With signing day approaching and time running out, this is usually when Meyer starts to shine. If he comes through again, the Buckeyes could be on the verge of signing one of the best, if not the best recruiting class in the country.


All recruit rankings via 247sports.com.

David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.