Creme De La Creme of Early Signees

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kmp10's picture

For its size, the class is VERY strong, imo. Their average of 92.16 was third highest, behind only Bama and Georgia. That Rivals has it rated 20th is dumbfounding, imo. I had to look three times to make sure I was reading that correctly... 20th, and fourth in the B1G. Nebraska's class is higher ranked. ESPN and 247, last I checked, had the Buckeyes at 11th. Rivals, year after year after year, seems to rank the Ohio State class lower than the other services. I don't follow recruiting quite as closely as some on here do, so I'm wondering if Rivals has a unique way of grading players, or if they're just anti-OSU, because my impression is that they consistently devalue the Ohio State class relative to the other services. 

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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BUCKEYE3M's picture

Ohio State probably signed 8-10 fewer players today than those programs.

I believe 24-7 does it by the composite rating of each recruit, so maybe that will be a better guage, but it will still be skewed by the relatively small class size. 

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stxbuck's picture

I heard the 24/7 guy on the radio yesterday doing his recap thing and he was very complimentary of tOSU's class, as you say, 3rd highest star ranking.

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Berniebucks78's picture

It’s a great group, but don’t forget about those 3*.

To prove my point, take a look at the 2015 class. One could argue the bottom six 3* fellas contributed just as much or more to our success as the top six in that class. 

https://247sports.com/college/ohio-state/Season/2015-Football/Commits/

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kmp10's picture

I just clicked on your link, 78, and holy cow that 2015 class was Meyer's worst at OSU by a country mile. Meyer knew it too, and he wasn't shy about repeatedly referring to that class as inferior. Weber, Baker, Prince, Dre'Mont, KJ Hill, and Denzel Ward were the consistent quality contributors, but you're right in saying that guys like Berry, Arnette, Bowen, and Landers were significant 3 star contributors. None were great, but they were contributors. That was a big class... 26 kids... and several were busts. Hilliard, Cornell, Gibson, Glover-Williams, Burrell, Conner, and Stump were simply underachievers, injury riddled, or trouble off the field. 

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ChristianHaven's picture

Solid points and great data, Bernie. 

Only one 5-star by 247 in 2015-- Hilliard. So 2019 is already way ahead of 2015. 

 And many big names that hardly made a mark: Torrance Gibson, Eric Glover-Williams, Nick Connor, Alex Stump, Jamel Dean, Grant Schmidt, Kevin Feder, Joshua Norwood, 

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall. (F. Scott Fitzgerald)

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VanillaStache's picture

Its crazy to see that list of people who have hardly made a mark. Sometimes I will go back and look at National lists and see who was at the top of those and where they were drafted. It's cool to see guys on there that were studs all the way through and continue to do so in NFL but there are also a number of guys like Trenton Thompson who were #1 players at their position and just fizzled. 

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allbucksallthetime's picture

I'm very happy with how the events of today played out.  This class is small by mighty and several other needs will be met by the February signing period, making the class only better.  Go Bucks!

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SilverHaven's picture

There's the key, who is left to sign, and how many stars do they have?

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BoomerangBuckeye's picture

Three Points:

I understand that every 3 or 4 years a team needs to take a smaller class.  It seems odd, however, to see on 24/7 that Alabama's class size has been 22, 24, 24, & 29 the past four years.  

Considering that we lost a coach 2 weeks before the early signing period, this class is amazing!  It's actually nice that this class is a little smaller as Day can put him thumbprint on the 2020 class by adding a few more kids that are exactly what HE is looking for.

Man I was happy Harrison didn't go north.  Carman stung but not like that would have.

You can't fix stupid.

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osu_killernuts's picture

5* are gems and have high expectations, so I'm looking a bit further down the list:

I love Stover's game and upbringing - hard working, rough and tough...perfect LB attributes.

I also love that safety Ronnie Hickman's nickname is Rocket. I envision the Rocket being a great addition to the Silver Bullet defense with due time. Oh....and Steele Chambers appears to be a freak athletically too.

No such thing as a bad win

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stxbuck's picture

Player for player tOSU's class is as strong as any other school out there, and we haven't inked Nester yet. Garrett Wilson, skill set wise screams Terry Glenn 2.0, and I really like Cade Stover and Craig Young's potential-tough, athletic productive players with great frames to fill out.

There isn't much else out there, but I wonder who Day will kick the tires on for signing day 2.0?

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