Meet the Ohio State Football Recruiting Class of 2013

By 11W Staff on February 6, 2013 at 5:35p

Fans who followed recruiting under Jim Tressel are used to relatively quiet National Signing Days, but it is clear in year two of the Urban Meyer Era that things have certainly changed on the biggest recruiting day of the year for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Meyer has capped off his second consecutive top five ranked class – with some services even tabbing it as the nation's best – as he witnessed an outstanding group of 24 of the country's top high school prospects send in their national letters of intent to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center today.

The biggest story of the cycle was the big finish the staff pulled off. OSU landed super athlete Dontre Wilson on Monday night and followed that up by snagging both WR James Clark and S Vonn Bell today. They also reaffirmed the commitments of Trey Johnson, Donovan Munger, and Ezekiel Elliott after the three were rumored to be looking around.

Ohio State's football recruiting class of 2013[Click to embiggen. You won't be disappointed.]

Ohio State is still waiting to hear from punter Johnny Townsend, who committed to Ohio State last June, but was rumored to be contemplating a flip to Alabama.

The only loss of the day came from Taivon Jacobs, who flipped from the Buckeyes to Maryland at the last minute, but overall this is a phenomenal recruiting haul that may go down as one of the best in program history.

Meet your new Buckeyes after the jump.

Eli Apple
Eli Apple
  • CB
  • 6-0/185
  • Voorhees, NJ (Eastern)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 90 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Eli Apple, who enrolled into Ohio State in January, is a five-star prospect (ESPN 150) who is rated as high as the No. 11 prospect nationally on the ESPN 150 … the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey and No. 6 cornerback prospect (247Sports) … he played in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after helping his Eastern High School team, coached by Dan Spittal, to a 7-4 record in 2012 and to a regional semifinals berth … had 17 pass break-ups, two interceptions, 45 tackles, three forced fumbles and a blocked kick in 2012, plus 39 receptions for 770 yards and four touchdowns on offense

J.T. Barrett
J.T. Barrett
  • QB
  • 6-1/205
  • Wichita Falls, TX (Rider)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 82 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

John Thomas (J.T.) Barrett is considered one of the nation's premier dual threat quarterbacks, although his senior season came to an early end with a knee injury in the fifth game of the season … rated as the No. 11 prospect in talent-rich Texas (247Sports) and a consensus four-star quarterback (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) … a top 150 player by both Scout and 247Sports and on the ESPN 300 … enrolled at Ohio State in January and is recovering from his 2012 knee surgery and taking part in winter conditioning drills, except for the running … coaches expect him to be throwing this spring but aren't concerned that he won't be running until later … Barrett can run, though: he had rushed for 569 yards with seven touchdowns and passed for 784 yards and five scores as a senior prior to the injury 

Marcus Baugh
Marcus Baugh
  • TE
  • 6-4/229
  • Riverside, CA (John W. North)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 84 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Marcus Baugh is a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports) and a Top 150 player overall, including a No. 73 ranking on the final Scout 100, a No. 102 ranking on the ESPN 150 and a 148 ranking on the final Rivals 250 … considered among the Top 3 tight ends in this recruiting class (Scout and 247Sports) … played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game … Marcus caught a combined 68 passes for 1,138 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior and senior for John W. North High School and coach Mark Parades … his senior season included 38 receptions for 610 yards and he was named second-team Division II all-state

Vonn Bell
Vonn Bell
  • S
  • 6-0/190
  • Rossville, GA (ridgeland)
247 ★★★★★ ESPN 87 Rivals ★★★★★ Scout ★★★★★

The exclamation point on this Class of 2013, Under Armour All-American Vonn Bell announced on National Letter of Intent signing day that he would be a Buckeye … a five-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, Bell is a one of the top 30 players in the nation with overall rankings of No. 25 by Scout, No. 29 by 247Sports and No. 32 by Rivals … is No. 50 on the ESPN 150 … the No. 4 player in the state of Georgia this season, Bell is also ranked as high as the No. 3 safety prospect nationally by Scout … helped his Ridgeland team, coached by Mark Mariakis, to a 13-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Georgia Class AAAA state championships … Bell had 146 tackles and three interceptions as a senior, and on offense he had over 1,700 all-purpose yards and scored 21 touchdowns

Joey Bosa
Joey Bosa
  • DT
  • 6-4/260
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL (St. Thomas Aquinas)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 86 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★★

Joey Bosa is one of the premier football prospects in the Class of 2013 with impressive national rankings of No. 38 (Scout), No. 47 (Rivals), No. 56 (ESPN) and No. 53 (247Sports) … a Scout five-start prospect, Bosa earned the No. 4 overall ranking at his position - strong side defensive end - by both Scout and Rivals … an Under Armour All-American and second-team all-USA Today pick … the leader of a St. Thomas Aquinas defense that allowed approximately 12 points a game … Aquinas defeated Tallahassee Lincoln, 41-25, to cap a 13-2 season and win the Florida Class 7A state championship in 2012, the school's seventh state title and first for second-year coach Rocco Casullo … a two-time Associated Press first-team all-state selection, Bosa totaled 51 tackles-for-loss in his last two seasons and 19 quarterback sacks, including 27 TFLs and 9.5 sacks as a senior

Cameron Burrows
Cameron Burrows
  • CB
  • 6-0/195
  • Dayton, OH (Trotwood-Madison)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 85 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Cameron Burrows was Ohio State's first commitment to the 2013 class when he announced in January 2012 that he would be a Buckeye … he was also among the first to arrive at Ohio State, as he was one of five Class of 2013 recruits to enroll in school in January … a first-team Associated Press all-state selection as a junior and senior, Burrows helped lead Trotwood Madison to three consecutive Division II state championship games, including an unbeaten, 15-0 state-title winning season in 2011 … had 14 pass break-ups as a senior for coach Maurice Douglass' 12-3 state finalist team and also had 39 tackles … a consensus four-star cornerback (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) who was the No. 38 prospect nationally (Rivals), an ESPN 150 performer (No. 62) and the No. 2 senior in Ohio (ESPN) … played in the 2013 Under Armour All-American game

James Clark
James Clark
  • WR
  • 5-11/175
  • New Smyrna Beach, FL (New Smyrna Senior)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 82 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

James Clark was one of the last in this class to commit and ultimately sign an NLI with Ohio State, doing so today – Feb. 6 – the first day for prospects to sign their national letters of intent … Clark was a first-team Florida 6A all-state pick by The Miami Herald as a senior when he led New Smyrna Beach into the state playoffs … he totaled 87 receptions for 1,954 yards and 29 total touchdowns for his career, playing for coach Lance Jenkins … had 49 receptions for 1,112 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior 

Gareon Conley
Gareon Conley
  • CB
  • 6-1/165
  • Massillon, OH (Washington)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 87 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★★

The No. 1 player in Ohio as a senior (ESPN 150) and a first-team Associated Press Division I all-state selection, Gareon Conley is an athlete with wide receiver-cornerback skills that earned him consensus four-star status (ESPN, Scout, 247Sports, Rivals) … the No. 43 overall prospect nationally by ESPN and the No. 14 cornerback prospect (247Sports) … played in the Under Armour All-American game … as a senior Conley, who was coached by Jason Hall at Washington, caught 50 passes, averaged 21.9 yards per catch and scored 16 touchdowns while on defense he had 13 pass break-ups, an interception and 25 tackles 

Ezekiel Elliott
Ezekiel Elliott
  • RB
  • 6-0/205
  • St. Louis, MO (John Burroughs)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 84 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Ezekiel Elliott is a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and one of the Top 100 prospects nationally with overall rankings of No. 47 by Scout, No. 70 by 247Sports, No. 84 by Rivals and No. 109 by ESPN … also ranked fourth, ninth, 11th and 12th among running backs by 247Sports, Scout, ESPN and Rivals, respectively … named to the U.S. Army All-American game … the St. Louis Post-Dispatch offensive player of the year in 2012, Elliott put up tremendous statistics with 3,061 all-purpose yards and 50 touchdowns, including 2,155 rush yards, and 40 rushing touchdowns for the 13-1 Class 3 state runner-up … also had 16 receptions for 383 yards

Tim Gardner
Tim Gardner
  • OT
  • 6-5/315
  • Indianapolis, IN (Lawrence Central)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 77 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★

Tim Gardner was a 2012 Associated Press first-team all-state performer for Lawrence Central, the Indiana Class 5A state champion, and he was also named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association's Top 50 all-state team … he was considered the top offensive lineman in the state by the Indianapolis Star and he was also named to that publication's "Super Team" … Gardner helped his undefeated (15-0) Bears team, coached by Jayson West, average 328.5 rushing yards and 38.5 points per game in 2012 … was rated as the No. 5 prospect in Indiana as a senior and the No. 24 offensive tackle prospect by 247Sports

Michael Hill
Michael Hill
  • DT
  • 6-2/315
  • Pendleton, SC (Pendleton)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 83 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

U.S. Army All-America Bowl invitee Michael Hill announced in June 2012 that he was committing to Ohio State, the school that has been his favorite since he was a youngster … a consensus four-star prospect by (ESPN, 247Sports, Scout, Rivals) and one of the Top 20 defensive tackles in the nation by Scout (No. 16) … listed on the ESPN 300 (216) … named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl this year and the No. 6 player in the state by 247Sports, Hill had an unfortunate end to his senior season, injuring a hand in the eighth game that caused him to miss the remainder of the season and all post-season all-star games

Trey Johnson
Trey Johnson
  • ILB
  • 6-1/215
  • Lawrenceville, GA (Central Gwinnett)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 87 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Trey Johnson committed to attend Ohio State Jan. 4 on national television while playing at the Under Armour All-American Bowl … a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports) and one of the top senior prospects in the talent-rich state of Georgia, Johnson is rated as high as the No. 3 inside linebacker prospect in the nation (Rivals and 247Sports) and he is the No. 48 overall player on the ESPN 150 … Scout listed him as the No. 16 outside linebacker … Johnson recorded 456 career tackles for Central Gwinnett and was coached by Todd Wofford … as a senior he had 140 tackles and four sacks and as a junior he had 164 tackles, including 25 tackles-for-loss

Darron Lee
Darron Lee
  • S
  • 6-2/205
  • New Albany, OH (New Albany)
247 ★★★ ESPN 79 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★★

Local prospect Darron Lee is fine athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and returned punts and kickoffs as a junior for the New Albany Eagles and he played primarily in the secondary and at quarterback as a senior … Lee was named a first-team Associated Press Division II all-state cornerback as a senior after recording five interceptions with three punt return touchdowns, and accounting for over 1,700 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns … he helped New Albany, coached by Mark Mueller, advance to the Division II state semifinals and to a 11-3 overall record as a senior … Lee did it all in a third-round win over Marion-Franklin, throwing for two touchdowns, rushing for a 36-yard score, returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and making the game-clinching interception in the final minute … team was 9-3 and a state qualifier in 2011 … Lee is considered a four-star prospect (Scout) and the No. 29 safety prospect by Scout … ESPN ranks him the No. 28 prospect overall in the state of Ohio

Tyquan Lewis
Tyquan Lewis
  • DE
  • 6-3/225
  • Tarboro, NC (Tarboro)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 79 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Tyquan Lewis, one of five from this class who enrolled at Ohio State in January, is a four-star defensive end prospect (Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) from Tarboro, N.C., and Tarboro High School … a Top 25 defensive end who comes from a tremendous program at Tarboro … the Vikings, coached by Jeff Craddock, won three consecutive North Carolina Class 2A state championships and had won 21 consecutive games before falling in the 2012 state championship to East Lincoln … Lewis was injured in the title game but still played and earned defensive player of the game honors … he finished his senior season with 13 sacks and was named to the Associated Press all-state team

Evan Lisle
Evan Lisle
  • OT
  • 6-5/265
  • Centerville, OH (Centerville)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 84 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Evan Lisle was one of the first five prospects to commit to this Ohio State class, doing so on Feb. 28, 2012 … he is a member of the ESPN 150 (No. 106) and is rated by ESPN as a Top 5 player in Ohio by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports … also regarded as the top offensive lineman in the state and a Top 10 prospect nationally by Scout, Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN … he is a consensus four-star player (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and a special mention Associated Press Division I all-state honoree in 2012 … only Ohioan named to the 2012 USA Today All-America team

Jalin Marshall
Jalin Marshall
  • WR
  • 5-11/196
  • Middletown, OH (Middletown)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 87 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★★

Jalin Marshall was considered the No. 1 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports and the No. 2 prospect as a senior by ESPN and Rivals … he was the second to commit to Ohio State in this Class of 2013, announcing his decision in late January 2012 … a skilled quarterback who rushed for a school-record 4,759 yards during his career, including more than 1,400 yards as a senior with 14 touchdowns scored, Marshall is being looked at as a wide receiver for the Buckeyes … a five-star prospect by Scout, he played receiver in the 2013 Under Armour All-America game and had a 44-yard reception … as a quarterback, he passed for 2,240 yards as a senior

Mike Mitchell
Mike Mitchell
  • OLB
  • 6-4/216
  • Plano, TX (Prestonwood Christian Academy)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 84 Rivals ★★★★★ Scout ★★★★★

Highly regarded Mike Mitchell is one of only two middle linebackers nationally to receive a five-star rating by Scout … also a five-star prospect by Rivals … Scout's No. 2 middle linebacker announced Jan. 5 on national TV, and while playing in the U.S. Army All-American game, that he would be attending Ohio State … the No. 10 overall player in the state of Texas, Mitchell is rated as high as the No. 26 overall prospect (Rivals) and No. 28 by Scout … also a member of the ESPN 150 (No. 128) … grew up in Winter Park, Fla., but spent final three years in Texas … played for Prestonwood Christian as a sophomore and senior, and for Plano West as a junior … he recorded 151 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior and then totaled 186 tackles, 32 tackles-for-loss (11 of them sacks), seven forced fumbles and even returned a kickoff for a touchdown as a senior

Donovan Munger
Donovan Munger
  • DT
  • 6-3/280
  • Shaker Heights, OH (Shaker Heights)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 82 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★★

Consensus four-star prospect (Rivals, Scout) Donovan Munger was a two-way lineman for coach Jarvis Gibson at Shaker Heights High School and was recruited by the Buckeye coaches to play along the defensive line … called "quick, fast, strong and a mammoth of a man" by Gibson, Munger is considered among the Top 25 tackles (Scout, 247Sports, ESPN) nationally with a No. 18 ranking by 247Sports his highest … he helped Shaker Heights to a six-win improvement from 2011 to 2012 - the team went 8-2 this season - by recording 70 tackles, including 14 tackles-for-loss with six quarterback sacks and 23 pressures

Billy Price
Billy Price
  • DT
  • 6-4/305
  • Youngstown, OH (Austintown Fitch)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 82 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Billy Price was the Associated Press's 2012 Division I co-defensive player of the year in the state of Ohio (along with Gareon Conley and Tracy Sprinkle) and a first-team all-state pick … a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports, Scout) … rated among the top 200 players in the Rivals 250 and a member of the ESPN 300, Price was the third Buckeye to commit to the Class of 2013 with his decision coming Feb. 13, 2012 … rated as the No. 17 defensive tackle nationally by 247Sports and No. 21 by Scout 

Corey Smith
Corey Smith
  • WR
  • 6-1/180
  • Akron, OH (East Mississippi State CC)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 81 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Corey Smith is the first junior college prospect to sign with Ohio State since Larry Grant (a member of the San Francisco 49ers' Super Bowl team) signed out of Community College of San Francisco in 2006 … Smith, from Akron Buchtel High School, played on an unbeaten (10-0) Grand Rapids (Mich.) C.C. team in 2011 before the college discontinued the program after 80 years … Smith had 28 receptions for 438 yards and two touchdowns for Grand Rapids … played for Buddy Stephens at Eastern Mississippi C.C., located in Scooba, Miss., in 2012 … he recorded 51 receptions for 733 yards and nine touchdowns for the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges' north division champion

Tracey Sprinkle
Tracy Sprinkle
  • DT
  • 6-3/260
  • Elyria, OH (Elyria)
247 ★★★ ESPN 79 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★

The 2012 Associated Press first-team all-Ohio selection and Division I co-defensive player of the year, Tracy Sprinkle recorded 19 sacks and 30 total tackles-for-loss among his 103 tackles as a senior … dominant games included five sacks against Amherst Steele and four sacks (and 12 tackles) against Hudson … the first defensive player since Matt Wilhelm in 1999 to win the prestigious Lorain County Golden Helmet award as the best player in the county … also was named the Northeast Ohio All-Lake District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior

Jayme Thompson
Jayme Thompson
  • S
  • 6-2/183
  • Toledo, OH (Central Catholic)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 83 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Jayme Thompson is a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) and among the top 250 prospects in the nation (No. 204 on the Rivals 250 and No. 218 on the ESPN 300) … considered the top safety in Ohio (ESPN) and the No. 12 prospect in the state … played in the All-American bowl Dec. 27 in Houston … helped lead his Central Catholic Fighting Irish, coached by Greg Dempsey, to the 2012 Division II state title and a 14-1 record … Central, also the high school of former Buckeye Dane Sanzenbacher, defeated defending state champion Trotwood-Madison, 16-14, in the title game for the second state title in school history (2005) … Thompson was an Associated Press all-state pick as a senior when he had 48 tackles, an interception and two fumble recoveries

Dontre Wilson
Dontre Wilson
  • ATH
  • 5-10/174
  • DeSoto, TX (DeSoto)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 86 Rivals ★★★★ Scout ★★★★

Dontre Wilson announced Feb. 4 live on Dallas' KDFW TV4 that he would accept his Ohio State scholarship offer and become a Buckeye … his choice gives the Buckeyes three players - QB J.T. Barrett (Wichita Falls) and LB Mike Mitchell (Plano) - from the state of Texas in this recruiting class … Wilson is the No. 5 player in Texas and considered one of the Top 100 players in the nation and a consensus four-star prospect (ESPN, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports) … rated as the No. 5 all-purpose back by Rivals … ranked overall as high as No. 50 and the nation's No. 10 running back by Scout) … also rated No. 55 on the ESPN 150 and No. 100 on the Rivals 250 … led DeSoto, coached by Claude Mathis, to the Texas Class 5A Division I state semifinals as a senior by rushing for 1,895 yards and 37 touchdowns and catching 37 passes for 750 yards and nine scores

Christopher Worley
Christopher Worley
  • OLB
  • 6-3/190
  • Cleveland, OH (Glenville)
247 ★★★★ ESPN 79 Rivals ★★★ Scout ★★★

Christopher Worley was one of the final prospects in this Class of 2013 to commit to attending Ohio State, doing so on Jan. 11 … a special mention Associated Press all-state pick as a senior, Worley led Glenville, coached by Ted Ginn, to an 8-2 record this season by recording 89 tackles with nine sacks, five interception returns for touchdowns and five forced fumbles … for his career he had 161 tackles, 13 sacks, eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles … a Top 25 senior prospect in Ohio (No. 20 by 247Sports and No. 25 by ESPN) … Worley extends a streak of Glenville Tarblooders signing NLIs with Ohio State to 12 consecutive years


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dumpus's picture

It's a great day to be a Buckeye.  Welcome boys - there is work to be done. 

Chise47's picture

Man! I am going to drink to THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Of course I will cheer for all our kids, but the one I will cheer for the most for all the recruiting prognosticators to have missed on is Tracy Sprinkle. D-1 Defensive player of the year in Ohio, not chopped liver there.

Nick's picture

What time is Ezekiel Elliott announcing?

Squirrel Master's picture

uh, already did it. 

I saw a UFO told me to have a goodyear!

TeddyHeisman's picture

Barrett gonna be a nasty cornerback 

-4 HS
TeddyHeisman's picture

Yes Nick.....I know.

-5 HS
Triv's picture

The article says he's a consensus 4 star cornerback, he's just having a bit of fun with the staff

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

-1 HS
Alex's picture

Where does it say that? Don't see it.

RedStorm45's picture

Interesting that Lee asked to challenge/play with bell at camp this summer, and essentially kept pace or out-played him.  This secondary is loaded.

TeddyHeisman's picture

Bosa is a 5 star on Scout.

-2 HS
aplumb100's picture

Great class. Urban's the man.


Alex's picture

Guys, for the last time, Elliott is a Buckeye, trust my sources on this one ;)

dbit's picture

Bio on Mitchell has Munger's info

Alex's picture

fixed thanks

VHX7's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation, guys.

Killer nuts's picture

Absurd talent across the board

hodge's picture

That photo of the class is rad f*cking awesome.
You know that crazy thing, though?  As outrageous as this class appears, I'm betting that the Class of 2014 will be even more rediculous (at least on an average star scale).

jestertcf's picture

same info for munger and the abusement park.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

Dougger's picture

darron lee looks PO'ed!! what a class
edit; that picture is epic - urbans face is gold

I like football

MAJbucksfan's picture

Mike Mitchell's line has Munger's write up.  Otherwise, outstanding summary!  WhAt a sick class this is!

Sean's picture

It looks like one of the classes you'd put together on XBox. Is this real life?

dubjayfootball90's picture

I was reading the bios, and this is exactly how I felt when I was done... pure gold.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

SilverState's picture

Great photo Walt!!

BUCKtuckian's picture

Mike Mitchell bio is a copy of Donovan Munger.
*Attention Staff *

Edit, sorry I was a little late to the party

People are saying that I'm an alcoholic, and that's not true, because I only drink when I work, and I'm a workaholic.
Ron White

jestertcf's picture

Well done Walt.

~Because we couldn't go for three~

jvd253's picture

Yes, definitely a sick poster. 

"A guy from Ohio can make it in life if he works hard enough." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

burkmon's picture

11W staff you did an awesome job today!  Thanks for being the go to site for all things Buckeye.  Walt, the poster is great as usual.


otrain2416's picture

I don't think I've ever had a recruiting class exceed my expectations like this one

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Buckeye80's picture

Can't wait for next season!  Recruiting overload today!  Great job by the 11W staff!  Great job by the Buckeye staff!  Best class ever?  Don't know...but it's damn good!  Juice!

d1145fresh's picture

That is a great photo, although Bosa might be the horse. I'm pretty sure he could pull all of those logs. 

NorthwestOhioBuck's picture

This is awesome! so many players that are going to play and make impacts next season! Is it fall yet?:D

In Urban we trust. That is all

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

MercerBuck85's picture

Price, Munger, or both to the O-Line?

Ohio State Ombre's picture

alex did you ever reveal your mystery flip? if you did i mustve missed it

Alex's picture

 alex11w: Ok here we go:

The mystery flip is Mike Heuerman

As you know Mike made a very difficult decision back in April to commit to Notre Dame over OSU. He loved the Buckeyes, but when he went to ND things just felt right.

Many thought the Bucks would just let him go, but that was not the case. Heuerman was in constant contact with Mark Pantoni and was looking forward to his visit to Cbus for THE GAME, to see if a flip would be what he wanted.

Going into the visit Mike thought there was a good chance he could flip and Urban wanted him, but even though he had one of the best visits of his life, he still felt ND in his heart following the trip.

When Brian Kelly almost left for the NFL a week before he was supposed to enroll, Mike wasn't sure what he'd do, but of course it didn't matter in the end.

I know this may have seemed obvious but this one was VERY close to ending up with Mike as a Buckeye. He wants you all to know he'll always be a Buckeye and will root for the Bucks and his friends on the team---as long as he's not playing them!


mshaf's picture

Welcome to OSU boys.Now it`s time to meet Mickey Marotti.

Buckeye80's picture

After seeing Shazier pre Coach Mick, and post Coach Mick....I can't imagine Mitchell with another 15-20 lbs of ass-kicking muscle!

daytonbuckeye's picture

Putting Woody on top of the pile is awesome.

3 85 yards and a cloud of dust.

BucksfanXC's picture

Dude, spoiler!

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

collisionbend's picture

What an outstanding recruiting class! They're all outstanding athletes, and the one I'm most excited about is Elliott...

No, make that Apple...

Wait, make that Barrett...

No, maybe Bosa...

I'm wrong. It's Trey Johnson... 

No, wait, make that Bell...

Just put my vote down for all of 'em, willya?

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

Estrada's picture

Fantastic class, an outstanding job done by the coaching staff.
I'll just leave this gif of Ms. Brie to celebrate.

Buckeyejason's picture

^ YES!!!!!


KJR10's picture

Little more chest PLOX!

JollyFatMan's picture

Mike Mitchell is Munger? Winning. 

How firm thy friendship..

Buckeye80's picture

Just realized all the B1G school logos on the ends of the logs!  Awesome pic!

Buckeye1996's picture

Still shaking my head over Sprinkle's low rating but I couldn't care less at this point. This is one of the best classes assembled at tOSU that I've seen.

Buckeyejason's picture

Pretty sick class. Seems to be pretty DB heavy..probably best DB class ever possibly? I have a feeling Munger and Price end of as O/lineman. Getting Bell was huge as we've lacked an elite ball Hawk hard hitting safety in forever! 
That kid James Clark is GREATLY UNDERRATED!! Watching his film you can't help but think Santonio Holmes. I think he is an upgrade from that Northwestern offered him(that means he's smart). 
My early guess on who ends up being best from class when their careers are over:
Barrett, Clark, Bosa, Apple, Bell.


VBBuckeye's picture

Great pic. Great writeups. Great day to be a Buckeye!

They are the cesspool of the West's picture

Let the No Fly Zone commence!
Great Class, really happy to see the LBs and WRs that weren't locked up at the end of the season.

KJR10's picture

LOL at Bama and their 4 RB commits. Bet they all think they're "the guy"
TY Yeldon "Don't forget about me!"

Lon_Paul's picture

Just got off work where I was devoid of internet access all day and I come home to find out that not only did we keep Zeke, not only did we get James Clark, but we got FREAKIN VONN BELL TOO?????!!!!! SWEET BABY JESUS, WHAT A FREAKIN JOYOUS DAY

KJR10's picture


gutterwaste's picture

Johnny Townsend?

kevinfrenchfry's picture

i dont care if these guys are freshman, you can almost bank on one of them breaking out on offense, i dont think it will be zeke this year because of hyde (crazy to think we have most of a 12-0 offense coming back) but wilson, smith, clark or marhall will make waves this year. defensively i like joey bosa and vonn bell to breakout in as freshman, bosa especially, dude has a motor and i think is the most underrated prospect in this class, even though he is highly rated.  Aquina is the best of the best and they play the best of the best

buckeyedude's picture

I agree. There is going to be real competition at WR. And the EzE will have Hyde to mentor him.
I think the 2013 OSU offense is going to really torch opposing defenses.  



swank427's picture

Great write up and coverage today. Thanks

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

So i've had two birthdays in less than a month. This 2nd one was more exciting.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Poison nuts's picture

Also, an extra Christmas.
Edit: didn't see KJR10 already covered this..

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tampa buckeye's picture

Holy shit!  Just flew back from fort lauderdale can't believe we landed this much firepower on offense.  
Best class since 08'.... maybe ever.  Time will tell.  That class had two BCS wins, but that had alot to do with #2.  

okiebuck's picture

Crazy good class!
Setting aside all the kids from the SE; I mean someone tell me; when have we ever gone into Texas and taken three guys out of there who are 4 or 5 star kids; never! Not too mention a highly rated TE out of California; awesome job Urban & Co.

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avail31678's picture

I am quite simply in love with James Clark's stride.  Dude is fun to watch. 

Nick's picture

Yeah me too guy is really fast and he hands the ball to the official as well.

D-Day0043's picture

What's the word on the punter Townsend? I've been hearing rumors all day but nothing definitive.

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buckeye76BHop's picture,0,
Seems like he may be reconsidering going to OSU...or OSU is considering him as a walk on due to being at 82 scholarships...???  I'm not sure but that's what I take from it....

"Right now it's a personal matter between the Townsends and Ohio State and they are working as fast as they can to make sure that any concerns they have is taken care of," Patterson said."They really want to hold off on a binding commitment until they feel 100 percent comfortable with everything from the University." 

Here's another article saying he may go to Bama...WTF happened here???  Sorry if Gene has this on Quick Bits...

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btalbert25's picture

I don't think Ohio State expected to land Clark and Bell and when both committed they thought OH crap that will put us at 83, so they couldn't take the kicker's commit today.  No one will use the actual words to say his scholarship got pulled, but I mean, that seems kind of like what happened no matter how they dress it up. 

D-Day0043's picture

Thanks for the info!

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RedStorm45's picture

We were oversigned at NSD last year.  By 2.

Mi.Buckeye's picture

With all the offensive talent on the team and with a playbook like we have, hopefully we won't really need a punter although I wouldn't mind seeing Townsend in S&G.

AltaBuck's picture

Just got back from skiing, this is awesome. Cannot believe it. Bell and Clark!!!!!

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kevinfrenchfry's picture

just watched zekes commitment, damn

BamBamBuck's picture

The dude was stressed, but real happy he didn't crack under said stress and made the right decision to come with the Good Guys!


KJR10's picture

I feel for him. It would be like a recruit growing up a buckeye fan realizing another program would be a better fit for them.

andyb's picture

I upvoted to offset...and don't talk about only brings more of them.

puff daddy's picture

praise urbs....lets rip sum goalposts apart


3technique's picture

This is the best class top to bottom that I can remember.. Special teams will dominate next year..

btalbert25's picture

You know Urban is always kind of putting it to Braxton about not being a leader yet.  It really sounds like Barret already has those leadership skills.  It's nice to know the team will be in great hands after Braxton moves on. 

jestertcf's picture

Kudos for the use of the word "embiggen"  on Walt's masterpiece. :)

~Because we couldn't go for three~

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KJR10's picture

Who thinks MGO blog will still have tOSU ranked below the sun and blue in their rankings?

Estrada's picture

It's like they've designed their ranking system to benefit them (i.e. multiplying by the total number of commits).
Don't worry, I'm sure they'll change it next year when the current one is no longer to their benefit.

andyb's picture

Honestly, Mgo is terrible and filled with trolls....and I don't mean the kind of trolls that just say things to start up problems...they literally have morons over there that believe Urban will be gone in 3 years and that he lies to recruits and will not have control of the locker room. If you literally believe that you are the lowest common denominator of scUM fan.

LouGroza's picture

Without a doubt. Thinking the same thing. Hoke made a remark yesterday that they, ttun, don't look at recruiting stars for kids or rankings. At that point he knew he lost the recruiting battle to Urban. That was his way, as a sore ass loser, to walk off the field without shaking his hand.

harleymanjax's picture

The defense just went from Silver Plated Bullets to Solid Sterling Silver Hollow Point Bullets!

"Because I couldn't go for 3"

AndyVance's picture

Okay, that poster is insanely good.

Doc's picture

If you look at it closely you can hardly tell it isn't "original".  Walt you did one helluva job!  Bravo!

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Earle's picture

Great poster!  Can't wait to see these guys "bring the wood" to the rest of the B1G (and more!).

Snarkies gonna snark. 

jthiel09's picture

I'm going to frame this photo and hang it up on my wall ... along with all of the other game day posters that were created ... amazing stuff!


MikeDossArmy's picture

11 from Ohio, 3 Texas, 2 Florida, 2 Georgia, California, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina.
Long is the reach of this recruiting titan.

GoldenBearBuckeye's picture

And the Michigan/Illinois hiatus appears to be over going forward

E2Brutus's picture

Could not have expected a better class - Blue Chips, all of em!

Chris Lauderback's picture

I've looked/shared Walt's incredible image at least 20 times today and only just now did I notice the opponent logos on the ends of the logs. Outstanding.

Walt Keys's picture

it's the subtle things in life


Watching all these players highlights again makes one fully appreciate how great a class this is. Theres a ton of WOW factor with this group.

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