Ten of 14 Buckeye Commits in Class of 2018 Drop in ESPN's Latest Rankings

By TJ Neer on July 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Jaelen Gill.

Ten of Ohio State's 14 recruits for the class of 2018 dropped at least one spot in the latest ESPN300 rankings.

Defensive tackle Taron Vincent dropped from 12 to 13 (but was replaced at No. 12 by fellow Buckeye commit Brenton Cox, so not all is bad here), while safety Jaiden Woodbey dropped from 61 to 65, athlete/H-back Jaelen Gill dropped from 35 to 36, inside linebacker Teradja Mitchell dropped from 40 to 42, safety Josh Proctor dropped from 166 to 167 and defensive end Andrew Chatfield had the largest drop from 140 to 158.

In addition, quarterback Emory Jones dropped one spot to No. 19, tackle Max Wray dropped four spots to No. 74, running back Brian Snead dropped from No. 170 to No. 171 and inside linebacker Dallas Gant dropped from No. 227 to No. 229.

Our own Andrew Lind wrote about Chatfield's performance at The Opening and how that may have affected his stock, but it seems strange that so many Buckeye recruits saw their stock fall.

Ohio State fans can find some peace knowing that a few other Buckeye recruits have either raised their ranking or maintained in the last few weeks, namely Brenton Cox's aforementioned jump from No. 18 to No. 12 and Sevyn Banks move from No. 100 to No. 95. Offensive tackle Matthew Jones stayed strong at No. 19 as well.

Ultimately, it will come down to how these recruits play on Saturdays in the future to determine if the rankings are right or wrong, but it's certainly interesting to see so many Ohio State recruits drop even if only by one spot.

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