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US All-American Bowl: Comparing Ohio State's 2017 Defensive Commits To Past Buckeyes

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Matt Gutridge's picture
January 7, 2017 at 1:29pm
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Ohio State has had many great players appear in the U.S. All-American Bowl. This little piece is designed to compare and rank the 2017 Ohio State defensive players to the Buckeyes of All-American Bowl past.

If you would like to get a glimpse of Ohio State's future in action, NBC will air the 2017 U.S. All-American Bowl at 1:00 today.

Go here to see the offensive players.

CORNERBACK

Ranking CBS TO PLAY IN US ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
YEAR NAME HT WT STARS 247 STATE
2017 SHAUN WADE 6-1 177 ★★★★★ 988 FL
2014 DAMON WEBB 5-11 180 ★★★★ 982 MI
2013 ELI APPLE 6-1 185 ★★★★ 975 NJ
2014 MARSHON LATTIMORE 6-0 175 ★★★★ 973 OHIO
2009 COREY BROWN 6-0 189 ★★★★ 949 PA
2010 CHRISTIAN BRYANT 5-11 178 ★★★★ 937 OHIO

Shaun Wade is currently the highest rated commit to play in the All-American Bowl. However, Wade could find himself third if Jeffrey Okudah (995) and Darnay Holmes (992) pledge to Ohio State during today's game.

If that happens, the Buckeyes will have four US Army All-Americans at cornerback on the 2017 roster.

Shaun Wade
Wade is the highest rated Ohio State CB commit to play in the US All-American Bowl.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

RANKING DTS TO PLAY IN US ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
YEAR NAME HT WT STARS 247 STATE
2011 MICHAEL BENNETT 6-7 275 ★★★★ 972 OHIO
2017 HASKELL GARRETT 6-2 298 ★★★★ 968 NV
2012 TOMMY SCHUTT 6-2 300 ★★★★ 960 IL
2013 MICHAEL HILL 6-2 315 ★★★★ 924 SC
2009 JOHN SIMON 6-2 270 ★★★★ 918 OHIO

It appears that Haskell Garrett has the measurable to become an impact player on Ohio State's defensive line. With the guidance of Larry Johnson, I believe the Nevada native will become a key cog for the defense.

Haskell Garrett
Haskell Garrett is the fifth Ohio State DT to play in the All-American Bowl.

WEAK-SIDE DEFENSIVE END

Ranking WDES TO PLAY IN US ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
YEAR NAME HT WT STARS 247 STATE
2012 ADOLPHUS WASHINGTON 6-4 245 ★★★★★ 988 OHIO
2017 CHASE YOUNG 6-5 225 ★★★★★ 988 MD
2016 JONATHON COOPER 6-2 234 ★★★★ 980 OHIO
2014 JALYN HOLMES 6-5 225 ★★★★ 962 VA

Looking at the list above, it is amazing the talent that Urban Meyer has been assembling at weak-side defensive end. Remember that this list only reflects players to be selected at weak-side defensive end for the All-American Bowl. 

Larry Johnson is assembling a defensive line that should create havoc and nightmares for opposing quarterbacks for years to come. 

Chase Young
Chase Young brings more depth to an uber talented defensive line.

OFFENSIVE OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

RANKING OLBS TO PLAY IN US ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
YEAR NAME HT WT STARS 247 STATE
2017 BARON BROWNING 6-5 230 ★★★★★ 993 TX
2009 DORIAN BELL 6-1 225 ★★★★★ 989 PA
2008 ETIENNE SABINO 6-3 240 ★★★★★ 987 FL
2015 JUSTIN HILLIARD 6-0 225 ★★★★★ 985 OHIO
2013 MIKE MITCHELL 6-4 222 ★★★★ 973 TX
2014 DANTE BOOKER 6-3 212 ★★★★ 972 OHIO
2002 STAN WHITE JR 6-3 225 ★★★★ 900 MD

It should not come as a surprise that the linebacker position has the most players for the Buckeyes. Combining OLB and ILB, Ohio State has had nine commits participate in the US All-American bowl.

Fans should be excited that Baron Browning is at the top of this list.  

Baron Browning
Baron Browning continues the tradition at linebacker. The Texas native is Ohio State's highest-rated OLB to play in the All-American Bowl.

 

Recruiting is the lifeblood of college football and the road to the national championship. With the influx of talent in the 2017 class, it appears Urban Meyer is solidifying a team that is already loaded with talent.

The players and knowledgeable football fans know which school is the real linebacker university.

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