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The Class of 2010: The recruiting class that never reached up to its potential

Becool12's picture
May 15, 2014 at 2:48pm

Today, I randomly decided to take a good look at our 2010 recruiting class. Compared to other years, this class was by far our down year. A year before the bowl scandal, OSU was arguably at its peak in terms of being a competitive program. We signed several players who were expected to make immediate impacts: Andrew Norwell, Jamel Turner, Rod Smith, and James Louis. Of those 4, only one has become a starter in his career. Turner never reached Ohio State and Louis not long after arriving on campus. Carlos Hyde was a risk because of his academic situation, Christian Bryant was a corner who played like a safety, and Philly Brown, who didn't have a true position, were lower ranked 4-star prospects that ended up being big named players. Two of the other top players in the class were late bloomer Jonathan Hankins and Bradley Roby, who were both unranked 3-stars. Many recruits were projects that had very high ceilings: Rod Smith, James Louis, Ty Williams, Verlon Reed, Chad Hagan. Even on a national scale, the class was all potential and not much production. According to rivals, the top 5 consisted of Ronald Powell, Seantrel Henderson, Kyle Prater, Sharif Floyd, and Keenan Allen. Of the 5, Keenan Allen was the only stud. Of the 27 5-star players, only 9 became nationally recognized players. Is it safe to say an entire class of players were disappointments?

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