2010 recruiting class. What happened?

cinserious's picture
September 24, 2012 at 11:07a
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I was just looking back and realized this has to be one of the most maligned classes in recent memory. on paper it was a halfway decent class by OSU standards, coming in at #14 but out of the 20 members, only 12 remain, and of that twelve only half of them are decent/good: Norwell, Hankins, Bryant, Roby. those four I wouldn't trade for anybody in the country. The next tier is occupied by the likes of Rod Smith, Cory "Philly" Brown, J.T. Moore, Verlon Reed, all players that are 'seviceable' at best. Add in two kickers and a Griff and you have a very, very average class which is why Tressel's teams kind of fell off the last several years and he was so desparate to bring in a T.P.  Now, on to the players who fell through the cracks: James Louis WR, Scott McVey LB, Tyrone Williams WR, David Durham LB, Darryl Baldwin DL, Chad Hagan S, Jamel Turner DE, Taylor Graham QB. Here is a complete list of that stroll down memory lane:
http://ohiostate.247sports.com/Season/2010-Football/Commits

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cplunk's picture

I would swap "Philly" Brown and Bryant in your rankings.
I think this just shows what a crapshoot recruiting really is.

BROSEPH's picture

Look at some of those schools who had a similar ranking that year.  I would wager that none of them have more than 10 solid contributors on the roster right now.  It's apparent that rankings of highschool players is just like playing pin the tail on the donkey in the dark. 

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

I think a lot of offensive players got sick of seeing Tressel ball and decided they didn't want to play at OSU.  JT's defenses were always pretty good.  I'm not worried about that class because Meyer is going to play his young guys early that way they're ready to roll next year and dominate as juniors. 

Buckeyejason's picture

You think that class is bad? Go look back at the 2009 class. At least we got 2 gems in the 2010 class that were out of state 3 star prospects in Hankins and Roby. 

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William's picture

The 2009 class was number one in the nation and has really, really underperformed. 

Buckeyejason's picture

Exactly, that was my point. The biggest bust class ever!

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William's picture

I was agreeing with you, just further elaborating on how the 2009 class has turned out.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Add in two kickers and a Griff and you have a very, very average class which is why Tressel's teams kind of fell off the last several years and he was so desparate to bring in a T.P.  

I'm not sure what the 2010 class has to do Pryor. You said Tress was  "so desperate to bring in a TP". Pryor was from the 2008 class.
To your original point though, we are seeing the remains of not so great 2009 and 2010 classes. The good news is that the 2011 and 2012 classes were good and 2013 is shaping up quite well. 

Buckeyejason's picture

Add in two kickers and a Griff and you have a very, very average class which is why Tressel's teams kind of fell off the last several years and he was so desparate to bring in a T.P.  

Yeah this makes no sense. 

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buck-I.8's picture

Chad Hagan hasn't fallen through the cracks. He's in my polisci class

BuddhaBuck's picture

If my cursory analysis is correct, scUM only has two players from their class of 2010 (Gardner & Ryan) making a notable contribution even though scUM's class had 7 more players total and was ranked five spots ahead of tOSU. Neither class had a 5* recruit.
Just like CPLUNK said, recruiting is a crap shoot... The significant difference being that the SEC plays with more chips on the table than they're supposed to be playing with. They've got all the numbers on the table covered and the B1G only gets the 4 and the 10.
*Note - used Rivals.com data & general gambling experience

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buck-I.8's picture

Will Hagerup is their starting punter at the moment, I believe. Also, Jibreel Black is a starter on the Dline, but yeah, Ryan is the only guy from that class anyone will look twice at presently.

BuddhaBuck's picture

Good catch on Black... and Hagerup, since the initial note included Kickers... 
In my defense, I really couldn't stand looking at the maize and azur blue anymore... I was getting nauseous. 

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kareemabduljacobb's picture

Tressels Record at OSU
 
'01: 7-5
'02: 14-0
'03: 11-2
'04: 8-4
'05: 10-2
'06: 12-1
'07: 11-2
'08: 10-3
'09: 11-2
'10: *0-1 (12-1)
and w/out the 'tat5' we pry could have won at least 11 games last year as well
 
Besides year 1 and 4, his worst season was 10 wins.  I wouldn't say his teams fell off at any point.
 

Buckeyejason's picture

Amen! And thank you very much! I don't know why people seem to think that.

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Buckeyeneer's picture

Seriously. Please give me another 10 years that are only 80% as good as this and I'd feel pretty lucky.

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cplunk's picture

Thanks for posting that. Many fans talk about "the Tressel years" like they were dark days, full of barely adequate play.
Frankly, we'll be fortunate if Urban can match Tressel's record while here. If he gives us that list of records above, including a national title, I'd be ecstatic. Urban is a great coach, but so was Tressel.

MAVBuck's picture

Thank goodness for Carlos Hyde! As hard as it is to believe this years offense could've looked even worse at the beginning of the year if it wasnt for him. Tough to say what would've happened if Smith or a true freshman would've taken over for an injured Hall.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Tressel's teams didn't fall off the last several years.  His last two seasons in Columbus were seasons of BCS bowl triumph, not to mention a 23-3 record.  After the '02 title, only the '04 team really was a fall off, and maybe the '08 team fell off a little bit (if you consider 10-3 in '08 a fall off from the usual 2 or less losses).
I'd hold judgment until after these guys graduate.  I imagine of the 2010 class is part of a big 2013 season (and if we manage to stay undefeated this season and look like a team that should be undefeated), we may look at them in a different light.

Class of 2010.

brbrbuckeye's picture

I really don't feel that OSU had a drop off in talent more so than their strategies were the problem. Tressel's Strategy didn't work against equal or better oppenents. It also kept lesser opponents in the game. I'd venture to say our 2007 team was just as good as LSU. When we went up 10-0 it felt like we suddenly took a step back, like ten points was enough to win the game. There was no persona of a Killer instinct, which I believe Meyer will bring.

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Buckeyejason's picture

The 2010 class wasn't that heralded or "hyped" to begin with. I remember it being kind of a "meh" class that we didn't expect Natty titles with like the 2008 and 2009 classes.

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FindlayBuck's picture

The 2009 class is just tragic. There was a lot of star power without much success. I remember being extremely excited about Dorian Bell, among several others. Just the nature of the beast with recruiting.

NoVA Buckeye's picture

I think the only 2010 dropoff we're missing is Twitter James...

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Jdadams01's picture

This is just recruiting. We have 24 starters including the punter and kicker. That means you'll possibly have in the range of 3-6 starters in each class. It's pretty rare to have half your starters from one class. Some kids excell, some are average, and some don't work out. Even more so during coaching changes.

headina's picture

I look forward to Urban's classes and how they develop

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shortbus20's picture

The bad part is when you have recruiting classes that don't pan out at the same position for a couple years. That is hard to recover from.

 

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