Ohio State Recruiting: Breaking Down The 2018 Class

Ohio State Recruiting: Breaking Down The 2018 Class

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Ohio State Recruiting: Breaking Down The 2018 Class


Ohio State just landed the consensus No. 2 class in the country. Here’s what you need to know about it.


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Breaking Down Ohio State’s 2018 Class

Ho-hum. Just another stellar recruiting class for Urban Meyer and Ohio State.

Look, don’t get caught up in the fact that the class didn’t finish as No.1 because there’s loads of top-end talent and depth that will have the program continuing to be among the elite for years to come.

Here’s what you need to know about this class:

Star Of The Class

Choosing the biggest name of this class is like choosing the pastry at the local Panera. I don’t know about you, but they all look good — just hand me one and we’ll call it a day.

Heck, hand me a few while you’re at it.

I’m going with Nick Petit-Frere here though. The 6-6, 266 lb. offensive tackle out of Tampa is about as athletic of an offensive lineman as you’re going to find, and he’s got the frame to fill out even more.

He’s an NFL type anchor on an offensive line that remind some of Orlando Pace (I now, I know it’s early to go there). Still nabbing the No. 7 rated prospect in this great nation of ours at the wire, and a position that is so key, is as big as they get.

Man, is he a well-spoken cerebral kid too. He’s going to be fantastic.

The Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive Linemen … again.

When Meyer took over the keys to the Ohio State program, he knew the D-line had to get deeper and more athletic to be national title caliber year-in and year-out.

He’s done that, and then some. We saw perhaps the most talented line in the country last year, and there’s more coming in with this crop. All told, with Taron Vincent (DT), Tyreke Smith (DE), Tommy Togiai (DT) and Tyler Friday (DT), Ohio State landed four of the top 15 defensive linemen in the class.

With some departures from last year, this group could push for playing time too.

The Class Could Have Used More …

Offensive lineman. It’s like socks, you can never have too many because you just don’t know how they’re going to fit as time goes on. With attrition because of injuries and the unknown transition to the college level, you need volume here. Even more so, Ohio State will be thin on the line after next season.

There are two very talented hits in this class with Petit-Frere and Max Wray, but only three total lineman signed on the dotted line. There will be some defections next year, so unless there is a re-alignment of resources, that position group will be a big emphasis for 2019.

That’s another reason why getting Petit-Frere was so huge.

Most Surprising Recruit

The only thing Ohio State has historically gotten out of Idaho is potatoes for the training table. But baked potatoes are so last year.

Welcome the Buckeyes’ first ever signing out of the spud state by way of the aforementioned Tommy Togiai. The 6-3, 290 lb. defensive tackle out of Pocatello, ID is no doubt ready to make everyone think of more than Napoleon Dyanamite when Idaho is mentioned.

While we’re at it, here’s a reminder to vote for Pedro.

And OSU only went to such a remote location from campus because he’s got a huge upside.

Overall Thoughts

This is again … a whale of a class. Any other year, and this is probably the No. 1 rated class in the country. But Georgia simply went bananas this year.

In fact, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, this is the best OSU class of the Urban Meyer era.

There is speed, athleticism, and depth at most positions, and there’s no doubt that many of the kids you’re seeing pictures of today will be household names in the not too distant future.

And dare I say, there’s a few that’ll be playing on Sundays eventually.

 

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