Ohio State Football Recruiting: Class of 2008

Remy's picture
February 1, 2014 at 10:57a

With National Signing Day on the horizon I figured this would be a good time to catch up on the players who signed in previous classes. Today we look at what happened to the players who signed in 2008.

Below you will find the 18 players who signed with Ohio State in February 2008 and their vitals coming out of high school. You will also see where they ranked with Rivals and ESPN.

It's hard to believe this moment happened six years ago.

2008 18 Recruits
(* Varsity Letter)

Name Pos. HT WT 40 Stars Rivals ESPN Location OSU Career
Mike Adams **** OL 6'7 308 5.3 5 6.1 82 Dublin Coffman 2010, 2011 1st Team All-B1G, Tat Five 32 Games Played, 27 Starts, 2012 Drafted by Pittsburgh R2
Michael Brewster **** Captain 2011 OL 6'6 305 5.1 5 6/1 83 Orlando, FL 2010 All-American, '10 and '11 First Team All-B1G, Rimington Finalist 50 Games Played, 2nd Longest Streak in Ohio State History With 49 Straight Starts; Plays for Jaguars
DeVier Posey **** WR 6'2 190 4.5 5 6.1 80 Cincinnati, La Salle Tat Five 136 Rec., 1,955 Yds, 18 TDs; Passing 1/1, 39 Yds, TD; 2012 Drafted by Houston R3
Terrelle Pryor *** QB 6'6 235 4.4 5 6.1 93 Jeannette, PA Finished Career Tied for 1st with 57 Passing TDs, 2010 Rose Bowl MVP, Tat Five 477/783, 6,177 Yds, 57 TDs, 26 INTs; 43 Car., 2,020 Yds, 17 TDs;  2011 Drafted by Oakland Supplemental Draft R3
Garrett  Goebel *** DT 6'5 264 NA 4 6.0 80 Lombard, IL Captain 2012 59 Tackles, 9 TFL, 2 Sacks
Etienne Sabino *** LB 6'3 222 4.6 4 6.0 85 Miami, FL   94.5 Tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.5 Sacks, 4 PBU
Lamaar Thomas *** ATH 5'11 181 4.4 4 6.0 80 Fort Washington, MD 2011 Transferred to New Mexico Ohio State: 5 Rec., 39 Yds; New Mexico: 9 Rec., 156 Yds, 2 TDs
Willie Mobley DE 6'3 260 4.9 4 5.9 79 Eden Praire, MN Transferred to UCLA, Transferred to Arizona, Tore ACL at Arizona  
J.B. Shugarts **** OL 6'7 299 5.1 4 5.9 82 Klein, TX   44 Games Played, 35 Starts
Jake Stoneburner *** TE 6'6 223 4.5 4 5.9 81 Dublin Coffman 2012 Arrested for Public Urination and Obstructing Official Business 53 Rec., 714 Yds, 13 TDs, 23 Games Started, Plays for Green Bay
Nathan Williams *** DE 6'5 245 4.7 4 5.9 79 Washington Court House   99 Tackles, 25 TFL, 12 Sacks, 6 PBU
Travis Howard *** DB 6'1 172 4.4 4 5.8 81 Miami, FL Impermissible Benefits 2011 81 Tackles, 1.5 TFL, 1 Sack, 8 INT
Andrew Sweat **** LB 6'2 225 4.6 4 5.8 83 Washington, PA Captain 2011 100.5 Tackles, 9 TFL, 3 FF, 4 PBU, 3 INT
Orhian Johnson *** ATH 6'2 178 4.5 3 5.7 NR Gulfport, FL   93 Tackles, 1 TFL, 2 FF, 11 PBU, 6 INT
Nic DiLillo TE 6'5 219 4.9 3 5.6 79 Madison, Ohio Not on 2010 Roster 1 Game Played New Mexico State 2009
Zach Domicone **** ATH 6'3 215 4.5 3 5.6 76 Xenia, Beavercreek Academic All-B1G 3 Times 23 Tackles
Ben Buchanan K 5'11 191 NA 3 5.5 77 Westerville Central Academic All-B1G 4 Times 177 Punts, 7,286 Yds, 41.2 Avg
Jermil Martin RB 6'1 230 NA 3 5.5 70 Glenville Transferred to Northwestern Oklahoma State 11 Car., 84 Yds, TD

Met High Expectations

Mike Adams

Michael Brewster

Terrelle Pryor

DeVier Posey

Diamonds in the Rough

Ben Buchanan

Orhian Johnson


Fool's Gold

Lamaar Thomas- Unfortunately, his Ohio State career was over in a flash.

Willie Mobley- Never played at Ohio State, but was here long enough for this nice photo.


Statutoryglory's picture

JB Shuggarts got off to an early start

Remy's picture

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

InTressITrust's picture

Yeah I believe the OP forgot to put false in between 35 and starts

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

buckeyes763's picture

Ha, in expecting to see his false start statistic, I read "35 starts" as "35 false starts" and didn't realize it wasn't that until your comment.

sharks's picture

Looks like Buchanan got some good hangtime on that helmet

A man got to have a code...

Remy's picture

One of my favorite pictures.

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

Hayesedandconfused's picture

Looks like he shanked it

Hovenaut's picture

Nice look back Remy.

I look at Sabino and think of Grant. Etienne finally broke through and turned out a solid year in his senior season.

Wouldn't mind a similar situation with CG.

And that pic of TP stiff-arming that Sparty defender is a welcome shot to these eyes.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

raiderred's picture

I thought TP was a five star coming out. He definately was for ESPN I don't know about rivals

BKshepherd's picture

He was a five star all around.  The three asterisks mean he was a three year letterman.

+1 HS
RedStorm45's picture

So much potential, but never fully realized.

JDunc686's picture

Anybody ever wonder what Warriner could have done with that Offensive Line?

flabucknut1's picture

Espin would have us 20th if they thought that they could get away with it. Every time  I see Luginbill (sp) I want to kick him n the nuts. He has such an impeccable football record. How many Championships did he win? Oh that's right, None!

Jim Rhoads

BenedictineBuck's picture

I'm really surprised Nathan Williams isn't in the league anyhwhere. I know he was injury prone but the dude was a beast when on the field. 

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

Hovenaut's picture

Buffalo signed him to a future/reserve contract a couple of weeks back. Hoping he stays healthy, I think he could contribute for them next season:


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

BenedictineBuck's picture

Appreciate it Hov... Repayment for the knowledge drop...

Edit.. On a personal sidenote, when I go to the gym, my goal is to look like Nathan Williams. Unfortunately for me, my genetics would rather me look like Robin Williams.

Because we couldn't go for three!!!

Hovenaut's picture

Lol...I have but one upvote to give here.

Well done, BB.


We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Conroy's picture

This was my freshman year at OSU as well.  You can say whatever you want about what happened off the field, but this was one of the all time great recruiting classes at Ohio State.

MN Buckeye's picture

Jermil transferred to Northwest Oklahoma State? I am so disappointed he did not transfer to Southeast Oklahoma State. I can't believe that OK has the population base to sustain all these universities.

cinserious's picture

+1. I think Southeast Oklahoma State is petitioning for inclusion in the SEC. At the moment the AD at SEOSU is taking training courses on how to get away with impermisable benefits to student atheletes.

One day I will valiantly become a political prisoner of 11W jail.

rkylet83's picture

I disagree with Brewster.  He was good as a freshman, but never improved much.  Probably not his fault but I don't think he lived up to the billing.

Remy's picture

I can see your point about improvement. He was a stud coming in and his ceiling might not have been met.
With that said, I feel his accomplishments on the field and with the team earned him "met expectations".
Brewster's accomplishments:
50 games played, 49 straight starts (only Luke Fickell, 50, had more), All-American, two-time All-Big Ten, Rimington Finalist and a Captain for the team.
He is currently playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I'm being sincere, what else did you expect out of him?

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

rkylet83's picture

He was certainly good and solid no doubt.  Maybe I'm being too critical, but I was really hoping after that monster freshman year he would have developed into an elite talent and gotten drafted.  I thought his ceiling was much higher than what was brought out of him at Ohio State.  I felt the same way about Alex Boone and J.B. Shugarts.