I had a lot of time on my hands tonight, so I decided to find the average rating of the current Buckeye commits. For this activity, I added up the overall ranking of Buckeye commits on the "Big 4" recruiting websites (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, and 24/7), and divided the total number by 4, in order to find out which prospect came out on top. I was only able to do this for 11 of the 14 commits, as DL Tracy Sprinkle, ATH Darron Lee, and P Johnny Townsend are not ranked on any of the websites. The individual site rankings are listed in parenthesis (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 24/7). Keep reading to find out which Buckeye commit came out on top of the overall recruit rankings.
1(1). DE Joey Bosa: 30th overall, (45, 20, 22, 33)
2(T2). CB Cam Burrows: 42nd overall, (19, 13, 99, 38)
3(T2). CB Eli Woodard: 43rd overall, (7, 19, 89, 60)
4(4). ATH Jalin Marshall: 63rd overall, (98, 48, 28, 80)
T5(5). TE Marcus Baugh: 113th overall, (127, 135, 109, 84)
T5(T6). RB Ezekiel Elliott: 113th overall, (172, 144, 53, 85)
7(5). OT Evan Lisle: 115th overall, (145, 102, 71, 145)
8(7). QB J.T. Barrett: 125th overall, (189, 149, 117, 48)
9(9). DT Michael Hill: 163rd overall, (237, 89, 135, 193)
10(10). DT Billy Price: 172nd overall, (207, 151, 133, 200)
11(11). S Jayme Thompson: 204th overall, (209, 179, NA, 226) Note: Only used ESPN, Rivals, and 24/7 for Thompson's rating, as he isn't ranked on Scout.
Reaction: The Buckeyes have obviously put together a very good class. I learned that Bosa seems to be the most consistently respected Buckeye commit. I also noticed Scout's ranking were way different from the rest of the recruiting services. If I took Scout's rankings out, Burrows would have been 22nd overall, and Woodard would have been 30th overall. On the flip side, Lisle would have been 130th overall, and Elliott would have dropped to 198th overall, had I not included Scout's rankings. This shows that all rankings services are different, and this year, especially Scout. I'll update this post as commits roll in, (looking like we'll see a commit, or two in the near future).