A Little Look Back and a Big Look Ahead

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January 27, 2013 at 6:39p
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It's not very often that a recruiting service reviews and reranks recruits, however eSPIN has gotten some good perspective on themselves with this article.  They also go over the top 2009 players and conclude that more times than not, top players fail in their rankings because of off the field issues rather than their lack of talent.  You can make up your own mind on that.

Looking at ourselves, you could almost turn our 2009 class upside down.  Of our 7 top ESPN 150 recruits 5 of them turned out to be busts for one reason or another. 

Jaamal Berry
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#3 RB Miami, FL
Miami Palmetto High School 5'11'' 185  84
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

Dorian Bell
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#4 OLB Monroeville, PA
Gateway Senior High School 6'0'' 220  83
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

C.J. Barnett
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#10 CB Clayton, OH
Northmont Senior High School 6'1'' 175  82
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

Jamie Wood
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#12 S Pickerington, OH
Pickerington Central High School 6'2'' 185  81
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

Melvin Fellows
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#10 DE Garfield Heights, OH
Garfield Heights High School 6'4'' 245  81
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

Jack Mewhort
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#2 OC Toledo, OH
Saint John's High School 6'6'' 285  81
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

Duron Carter
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#18 WR Fort Lauderdale, FL
Saint Thomas Aquinas School 6'3'' 183  81
OHIO STATE
SIGNED

You could easily argue that the lower 7 of Simon, Hyde, Brown,(all B1G selections) coupled with starters Lindsley, Marcus Hall, Jordan Hall, plus Zack Boren, Reid Fragel, and back up Kenny G outweighed the 7 eSPIN 150 stars.  Not so much of an argument there.  But lets look at how past the past classes stack up.

The 2010 class had 4 eSPIN 150's, the 2011 had 7, the 2012 had 5 but the 2013 class has 10....and counting.  Tressel averaged 5 top 150 players from 2010-2012, Meyer has already doubled that in his first full year of recruiting.  (And oh by the way,  Meyer brought in 4 of the 5 150 stars from the 2012 class)  In fact OSU has never brought in this much talent going back to 2006. 

This is in stark contrast to Alabama.  Between the same years of 2010-2012 they averaged 11 top 150 players.  That's more than double Ohio States 5.  They had 13 top 150 alone for 2012.  Forget Saban as the Emperor, forget that he kicks kids off the team, forget the oversigning, forget it.  They have more talent.  We can complain about the nuances of weather and the way they run their program, but the elephant in the room is TALENT.

It's scary to think what Kerry Coombs eluded to, in his now infamous recruitment speech.  We are winning with somewhat inferior personnel.  Urban knows it, the staff knows it(Fickell and the D this year), and we know it. But if we want to compete with Alabama for a national championship, we need 10-12 top 150 guys a year.  That's why Urban works so hard to get the best guys.  Go Bucks

 


Top 10 Classes From 2009
Rank Before After Explanation
1.
LSU
Alabama
This class, which included CB Dre Kirkpatrick, RB Trent Richardson, OT D.J. Fluker, LB Nico Johnson and QB AJ McCarron, to name a few, was a part of three national championships. What else needs to be said?
2.
Alabama
LSU
The Tigers got bumped from the top spot, but that's as much for what Alabama's class did as opposed to what LSU's class didn't do. This is still a pretty good class which won an SEC title and played for a national championship. Several key defensive contributors came in this class, including DEs Sam Montgomery and Barkevious Mingo, linebacker Kevin Minter and cornerback Morris Claiborne.
3.
Texas
Notre Dame
Several key contributors to the Fighting Irish's 12-1 2012 season came in this class, including LB Manti Te'o, who was a Heisman finalist and won several national player of the year awards as well as the Butkus Award. This class, which was ranked 14th when we did the class rankings in 2009, also featured Mackey Award-winning TE Tyler Eifert, who is leaving as Notre Dame's all-time leading receiver at the position.
4.
USC
Stanford
The 2008 class, which featured QB Andrew Luck, was an important one for this program, but the Cardinal's 2009 class has proven to be a key one as well in their recent success. This class, which did not finish in our 2009 Top 25, went to four straight bowl games, including three straight BCS bowls, and helped Stanford win its first Rose Bowl since Jan. 1, 1972. Tight ends Zach Ertz and Levine Toilolo were signed in this class, as was workhorse RB Stepfan Taylor, who became Stanford's all-time career rusher.
5.
Florida
Georgia
The Bulldogs' 2009 class featured QB Aaron Murray, who holds the school's all-time career TD pass record and, with over 3,000 yards this season, became the first SEC QB in history to have three consecutive 3,000-yard passing seasons.
6.
Georgia
South Carolina
It would be another class before the Gamecocks signed Marcus Lattimore and another two before they landed Jadeveon Clowney, but this 2009 class brought some excellent in-state talent to Columbia and might have been a key to landing players like Lattimore and Clowney. Included in this class were defensive standouts Stephon Gilmore and D.J. Swearinger as well as WR Alshon Jeffery.
7.
Miami
Florida
The Gators returned to a BCS bowl this season and had key contributors on both sides of the ball that came from this class. Mike Gillislee, who was Florida's first 1,000-yard rusher since 2004, was signed in this class as was Jordan Reed, who led the team in receptions. The class also included three starters along the offensive line. Defensively, linebackers Jelani Jenkins and Jonathan Bostic and defensive back Josh Evans, who led the team in tackles, were a part of this class.
8.
FSU
FSU
Injuries have played a role with a few of the players who came on board in this class, but overall the Seminoles signed some very productive players in 2009. A few of the key pickups include DE Brandon Jenkins, who finished with over 20 sacks and was an All-ACC selection as a sophomore and junior, Xavier Rhodes, who has been a multi-year starter and was All-ACC first team this season, and Dustin Hopkins, who became one of the top kickers in college football and the all-time scoring leader at Florida State and in the ACC.
9.
Ohio State
Ohio State
Jaamal Berry and Dorian Bell are no longer with the program, but DL John Simon, who had nine sacks this past season and was a key cog in the Ohio State defense, is one of the players signed in this class. The Buckeyes also brought in RB Carlos Hyde, who had 16 rushing TDs in 2012, and Corey Brown, who led the team in receptions, in the 2009 class.
10.
Michigan
Michigan
There were a few players in this class who ended up leaving the program, but Michigan had some good pickups as well, including three big ones from out-of-state. Versatile defender Craig Roh made 51 consecutive starts for the Wolverines, OT Taylor Lewan was the Big Ten Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and a first-team All-American this season, and QB Denard Robinson was one of the most electrifying players in college football.

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