With the announcement of four additional commitments last night, Old Dominion’s 2014 class is now up to 25 verbal commitments. That is the generic number that most schools aim for but ODU may need a few more to get to 85 scholarships as they transition from the 63 they had as a FCS program.
Athlete Justin Noye, LB’s Reece Schmidt, Martez Simpson and OT Darius Garcia all became a part of the 2014 class last night. Schmidt had been on campus and Simpson had been considering ODU along with Western Kentucky for awhile now.
This gives ODU 75th best class nationally, before a few of the ratings are processed, by 247 sports and the 2nd best among teams that will compete in CUSA next year. The Monarchs are likely not done as there are a few impact skill players out there they covet. WR Shaedon Meadors and RB Anthony Scott would be ideal additions.
Of the 25 verbals, 14 and possibly 15 (depending on Noye’s eventual position) are dedicated to defense. Six of those are linebackers, an area that ODU was lacking in depth and another four are along the defensive line, always an area of concern.
ODU is graduating three key members of the offensive line, David Born, DJ Morrell and Jack Lowney. This class has three commits along the O-Line, with one expected to be a gray shirt. ODU still could use some depth and talent along the offensive line.
This class is loaded with rangy defensive backs in Christian Byrum, Felix Manus-Schell, Marques Little, Justice Davila and potentially Justin Noye, if he doesn’t play receiver.
Here’s a link to ODU’s 247 verbal commit page for a more in depth look at the players.
Keep your fingers cross. National Signing Day is Wednesday, February 5thin 2014.