Ohio State Recruiting: Final Thoughts On The 2019 Class ... So Far

Ohio State Recruiting: Thoughts On The 2019 Early Signing Period

Ohio State Recruiting: Final Thoughts On The 2019 Class ... So Far

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Ohio State Recruiting: Final Thoughts On The 2019 Class ... So Far


There’s a new crop of recruits that made it official during the 2019 early signing period for Ohio State. Here’s some thoughts and observations about the class so far.


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Like most programs, Ohio State signed what will end up being the majority of its 2019 recruiting class Wednesday during the early signing period. The class isn’t getting too much fanfare, but it’s still got some very key pieces that will be a big part of what the Buckeyes do in the next few years.

Here’s some thoughts on what Ohio State is bringing into the fold thus far. But first, as a reminder, here’s the list of commitments that fired up the archaic Fax Machine to let the coaches know they are fully committed with the link to each’s 247Sports profile.

Officially Signed

Zach Harrison, 5-Star DE, Lewis Center, Ohio

Garrett Wilson, 5-Star WR, Austin, Texas – Signed

Harry Miller, 5-Star OL, Buford, Georgia – Signed

Cade Stover, 4-Star LB, Mansfield, Ohio – Signed

Ronnie Hickman, 4-Star S, Wayne, New Jersey – Signed

Jameson Williams, 4-Star WR, St. Louis, Missouri – Signed

Steele Chambers, 4-Star ATH, Roswell, Georgia – Signed

Ryan Jacoby, 4-Star OL, Mentor, Ohio – Signed

Tommy Eichenberg, 4-Star LB, Cleveland, Ohio – Signed

Noah Potter, 4-Star DE, Mentor, Ohio – Signed

Marcus Crowley, 3-Star RB, Jacksonville, Florida – Signed

Bryson Shaw, 3-Star S, Potomac, Maryland – Signed

Craig Young, 3-Star ATH, Fort Wayne, Indiana – Signed

Cormontae Hamilton, 3-Start TE, Memphis, Tennessee – Signed

Jaden McKenzie, 3-Star DT, Wake Forest, North Carolina – Signed

Hard Commit, Signing Pending In February

Doug Nester, 4-Star OL, Huntington, West Virginia

  • Nester is has been a hard commit for Ohio State, but he is now expected to visit other schools. There is still the expectation that he will sign with Ohio State but won’t do so until February. We’ll have to see how those visits go.

Thoughts And Observations

  • There’s just five kids from Ohio. I don’t mean to beat the drum until it ruptures, but you have to think that has to change in the future. I know the coaching staff wants to get the best of what’s out there, but continuing to shun Ohio kids is going to alienate Ohio high school coaches at some point.
  • To that end, Ohio was the state that had the most signees going to Big Ten teams. Purdue alone had seven. Michigan and Michigan State also recruited the Buckeye state hard. The talent’s there, and I hope Ryan Day does a better job of evaluating these kids going forward.
  • Remember there’s still another official signing day in February. Ohio State won’t look to add too many more, and in fact, might only add based on those that declare early for the NFL Draft — so keep an eye on that.
  • If you listened to the national media, and even the Big Ten Network, all you heard was the drop off Ohio State experienced in this class. If you know about the Buckeyes’ situation, that’s a false claim. Yeah, it’s only rated No. 12 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, but let’s instead look at the average stars per commit.

  • And that’s the real thing to pay attention to. Michigan supposedly has the best class in the league, but it brought in 27 recruits and gets too much credit for the volume.
  • Still on that topic, Ohio State never expected to sign more than fifteen recruits during the early singing period. It is graduating a small class and doesn’t have enough available unless it oversigns a bunch of kids. So, for need, the Buckeyes did very well thank you.
  • The staff only got one kid from Florida to commit. That might be most surprising note with the whole class. Urban Meyer and staff have had a pipeline down there ever since he got on campus.
  • Ryan Day getting Zach Harrison is a huge, huge win, and I think you have to credit him as much as defensive-line coach Larry Johnson. The word on the street is that Harrison wasn’t very enamored with Ohio State because of what went on there during the off-season, but kept them in his decision-making process because of Larry Johnson. Ryan Day sealed the deal and swayed him from Michigan.
  • If Ohio State ends up getting Justin Fields as a transfer from Georgia, that only adds to what’s coming in. Count that as one of the best recruiting wins if it happens. He’s a difference maker.
  • OSU still needs to focus in on the offensive-line. More than anything, it’s the hardest position to evaluate in high school, and it’s often where games are won.
  • Remember, this is just the early signing period. Team rankings will shuffle once more players are added to the mix in February.

 

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