Breaking Down Ohio State's 2018 Roster by Recruiting Stars

By Andrew Lind on August 16, 2018 at 10:25 am
Tommy Togiai, Max Wray, Josh Proctor, Dallas Gant, Kamryn Babb and Jaelen Gill

Tommy Togiai, Max Wray, Josh Proctor, Dallas Gant, Kamryn Babb and Jaelen Gill

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Whether it's winning at the highest level of college football or sending players to the National Football League, results show that recruiting rankings — contrary to popular belief — do matter.

Just ask Alabama, which has won five of the last 10 national titles and finished atop the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings for seven of the last eight years. The Crimson Tide have the most NFL Draft picks in the last decade (77), as well, a mark which includes a whopping 26 first-rounders.

Ohio State — with just 64 players drafted and only one national title since 2008, is a bit behind in both departments — but the Buckeyes continue to close the gap thanks to the two best recruiting classes in program history the last two cycles.

The 2017 recruiting class holds the distinction of having the highest per-player average of all-time (94.59), while last year’s haul topped that class in total points (317.06) because it had five additional commitments — though it trailed when viewed pound-for-pound (94.29).

“It cracks me up when [people] say the ratings don't matter,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said on National Signing Day. "If they're keeping score, we’d like to win that thing. I do look at that. The recruiting services, although they are not 100 percent correct, they’re very close. A lot of those guys that are highly-rated guys turn out to be great players.

“You have the Darron Lees and some other under-the-radar guys that turn out to be phenomenal. The Josh Perrys. But that’s not always going to happen. When you start throwing around numbers like [a composite score of] 94 and five-stars and four-stars, those aren’t the end all, but sure they matter. We’re all competitive. We’re very competitive here. And to say we had one of the historical classes of all time, a lot of hard work went into that.”

With the season opener against Oregon State just over two weeks away, we’ve decided to take a look at where each player finished their high school careers in the composite rankings, which combines prospect ratings from 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and formerly Scout.

As you’ll see, this year’s roster essentially swapped out a trio of three-star prospects from last year's team for five-stars Tyreke Johnson, Nicholas Petit-Frere and Taron Vincent — thus making this the most talented roster of Meyer’s seven-year tenure.

FIVE-STAR PROSPECTS (10)
name high school class pos pos rank natl rank
NICK BOSA FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 2016 SDE 1 8
BARON BROWNING KENNEDALE (TX) 2017 OLB 1 11
WYATT DAVIS BELLFLOWER (CA) ST. JOHN BOSCO 2017 OG 1 24
JUSTIN HILLIARD CINCINNATI (OH) ST. XAVIER 2015 OLB 2 35
TYREKE JOHNSON JACKSONVILLE (FL) TRINITY CHRISTIAN 2018 CB 2 21
JEFFREY OKUDAH SOUTH GRAND PRAIRIE (TX) 2017 CB 1 8
NICHOLAS PETIT-FRERE TAMPA (FL) BERKELEY PREP 2018 OT 1 7
TARON VINCENT BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY 2018 DT 1 20
SHAUN WADE JACKSONVILLE (FL) TRINITY CHRISTIAN 2017 CB 2 17
CHASE YOUNG HYATTSVILLE (MD) DEMATHA 2017 WDE 2 6
FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS (56)
name high school class pos pos rank natl rank
KAMRYN BABB ST. LOUIS (MO) CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE 2018 WR 13 73
MATTHEW BALDWIN AUSTIN (TX) LAKE TRAVIS 2018 PRO 12 331
SEVYN BANKS ORLANDO (FL) JONES 2018 CB 23 221
MALIK BARROW BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY 2016 DT 31 305
DANTE BOOKER AKRON (OH) ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 2014 OLB 4 54
TUF BORLAND BOLINGBROOK (IL) 2016 OLB 20 322
CAMERON BROWN ST. LOUIS (MO) CHRISTIAN BROTHERS COLLEGE 2018 WR 54 323
JERRON CAGE CINCINNATI (OH) WINTON WOODS 2017 DT 14 243
PARRIS CAMPBELL AKRON (OH) ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY 2014 WR 23 140
JONATHON COOPER GAHANNA (OH) LINCOLN 2016 WDE 3 33
JASHON CORNELL SAINT PAUL (MN) CRETHIN DERHAM HALL 2015 SDE  7 92
JOHNNIE DIXON PALM BEACH GARDENS (FL) DWYER 2014 WR 9 76
J.K. DOBBINS LA GRANGE (TX) 2017 APB 2 43
LUKE FARRELL PERRY (OH) 2016 TE 7 199
TYLER FRIDAY RAMSEY (NJ) DON BOSCO PREP 2018 DT 6 93
JORDAN FULLER WESTWOOD (NJ) OLD TAPPAN 2016 ATH 6 137
DALLAS GANT TOLEDO (OH) ST. JOHN'S JESUIT 2018 OLB 10 166
HASKELL GARRETT LAS VEGAS (NV) BISHOP GORMAN 2017 DT 6 68
JAELEN GILL WESTERVILLE (OH) SOUTH 2018 APB 2 30
JAYLEN HARRIS CLEVELAND HEIGHTS (OH) 2017 WR 30 182
DWAYNE HASKINS POTOMAC (MD) THE BULLIS SCHOOL 2016 PRO 7 93
JAKE HAUSMANN CINCINNATI (OH) ARCHBISHOP MOELLER 2016 TE 4 127
K.J. HILL NORTH LITTLE ROCK (AR) 2015 WR 17 153
ANTWUAN JACKSON JR. BRENHAM (TX) BLINN COLLEGE 2018 DT 1 1
JAVONTAE JEAN-BAPTISTE ORADELL (NJ) BERGEN CATHOLIC 2018 OLB 16 219
DRE'MONT JONES CLEVELAND (OH) ST. IGNATIUS 2015 SDE 11 137
KEANDRE JONES OLNEY (MD) GOOD COUNSEL 2016 OLB 8 96
MATTHEW JONES BROOKLYN (NY) ERASMUS HALL 2018 C 1 68
MICHAEL JORDAN CANTON (MI) PLYMOUTH 2016 OT 15 134
DEMETRIUS KNOX FORT WORTH (TX) ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL 2014 OG 5 98
AUSTIN MACK FORT WAYNE (IN) BISHOP LUERS 2016 WR 11 80
TATE MARTELL LAS VEGAS (NV) BISHOP GORMAN 2017 DUAL 2 57
TERADJA MITCHELL VIRGINIA BEACH (VA) BISHOP SULLIVAN 2018 OLB 2 44
DEMARIO MCCALL NORTH RIDGEVILLE (OH) 2016 APB 2 45
TERRY MCLAURIN INDIANAPOLIS (IN) CATHEDRAL 2014 WR 35 244
THAYER MUNFORD MASSILLON (OH) WASHINGTON 2017 OT 28 281
JOSH MYERS MIAMISBURG (OH) 2017 OG 2 54
K'VAUGHAN POPE DINWIDDIE (VA) 2018 OLB 9 217
MALCOLM PRIDGEON GARDEN CITY (NY) NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE 2016 OT 3 4
ISAIAH PRINCE GREENBELT (MD) ELEANOR ROOSEVELT 2015 OT 7 106
JOSH PROCTOR OWASSO (OK) 2018 S 7 71
ISAIAH PRYOR BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY 2017 S 8 63
AMIR RIEP CINCINNATI (OH) COLERAIN 2017 CB 27 192
JEREMY RUCKERT LINDENHURST (NY) 2018 TE 2 37
KENDALL SHEFFIELD BRENHAM (TX) BLINN COLLEGE 2017 CB 1 3
L'CHRISTIAN "BLUE" SMITH HUBER HEIGHTS (OH) WAYNE 2018 ATH 5 126
TYREKE SMITH CLEVELAND HEIGHTS (OH) 2018 WDE 4 34
BRIAN SNEAD SEFFNER (FL) ARMWOOD 2018 RB 3 80
MASTER TEAGUE III MURFREESBORO (TN) BLACKMAN 2018 RB 11 228
TOMMY TOGIAI POCATELLO (ID) HIGHLAND 2018 DT 3 55
BINJIMEN VICTOR POMPANO BEACH (FL) COCONUT CREEK 2016 WR 13 105
MIKE WEBER DETROIT (MI) CASS TECH 2015 RB 9 79
PETE WERNER INDIANAPOLIS (IN) CATHEDRAL 2017 ILB 14 277
BRENDON WHITE POWELL (OH) OLENTANGY LIBERTY 2017 ATH 3 125
MARCUS WILLIAMSON BRADENTON (FL) IMG ACADEMY 2017 CB 24 182
MAX WRAY FRANKLIN (TN) 2018 OT 9 121
THREE-STAR PROSPECTS (17)
name high school class pos pos rank natl rank
JOSH ALABI DETROIT (MI) CASS TECH 2015 SDE 30 553
DAMON ARNETTE FORT LAUDERDALE (FL) ST. THOMAS AQUINAS 2015 CB 62 653
RASHOD BERRY LORAIN (OH) DIGITAL 2015 WDE 35 728
BRANDEN BOWEN DRAPER (UT) CORNER CANYON 2015 OT 61 540
DRUE CHRISMAN CINCINNATI (OH) LASALLE 2016 P 1 777
GAVIN CUPP LEIPSIC (OH) 2016 OT 44 413
ELLIJAH GARDINER KEMP (TX) 2017 WR 115 796
DAVON HAMILTON PICKERINGTON (OH) CENTRAL 2015 DT 63 998
MALIK HARRISON COLUMBUS (OH) WALNUT RIDGE 2016 ATH 48 692
BLAKE HAUBEIL BUFFALO (NY) CANISIUS 2017 K 4 1,344
MARCUS HOOKER NEW CASTLE (PA) 2018 CB 60 642
ROBERT LANDERS HUBER HEIGHTS (OH) WAYNE 2015 DT 28 479
SEAN NUERNBERGER BUCKNER (KY) OLDHAM COUNTY 2014 K 6 1,228
CHRIS OLAVE SAN MARCOS (CA) MISSION HILLS 2018 WR 68 339
BRADY TAYLOR COLUMBUS (OH) BISHOP READY 2014 OT 55 583
ALEX WILLIAMS PICKERINGTON (OH) NORTH 2018 WDE 34 617
JAHSEN WINT BROOKLYN (NY) ERASMUS HALL 2016 ATH 61 881
TWO-STAR PROSPECTS (1)
name high school class pos pos rank natl rank
LIAM MCCULLOUGH WORTHINGTON (OH) KILBOURNE 2015 LS 1 2,444
UNRANKED WALK-ONS (28)
NAME HIGH SCHOOL jOINED  POS
ALEX BADINE BROOLYN (NY) MONROE COLLEGE 2018 CB
RYAN BATSCH LOVELAND (OH) 2018 S
NATHAN BROCK POWELL (OH) OLENTANGY LIBERTY 2016 OL
AARON COX MANTUA (OH) CRESTWOOD 2017 DL
KORY CURTIS CAPE CORAL (FL) ISLAND COAST 2017 QB
BROCK DAVIN CINCINNATI (OH) ST. XAVIER 2016 TE
KEVIN DEVER CLEVELAND (OH) ST. EDWARD 2017 S
NOAH DONALD UNIONTOWN (OH) WALSH JESUIT 2016 DL
TATE DUARTE POLAND (OH) SEMINARY 2018 TE
ZAID HAMDAN MASON (OH) 2018 DT
ZACH HOOVER TOLEDO (OH) CENTRAL CATHOLIC 2018 K
JACK JAMIESON CLEVELAND (OH) ST. IGNATIUS 2018 OL
HAYDEN JESTER CINCINNATI (OH) LASALLE 2016 LB
CADE KACHERSKI DUBLIN (OH) JEROME 2018 LB
DERRICK MALONE DAYTON (OH) THURGOOD MARSHALL 2015 TE
LLOYD MCFARQUHAR CLEVELAND (OH) BRUSH 2018 CB
AMARI MCMAHON DUBLIN (OH) SCIOTO 2018 RB
BRANDON PAHL CUTLER (OH) WARREN 2015 OL
BLAKE PFENNING WAPAKONETA (OH) 2015 OL
GARYN PRATER WYOMING (OH) 2017 WR
BRADLEY ROBINSON TROY (MI) ATHENS 2018 LS
MITCH ROSSI FRANKLIN (TN) 2017 RB
C.J. SAUNDERS DUBLIN (OH) COFFMAN 2015 WR
DANIEL VANATSKY CINCINNATI (OH) CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 2018 QB
DE'SHAWN WHITE CANTON (OH) MCKINLEY 2018 WR
SAM WIGLUSZ BRECKSVILLE (OH) BRECKSVILLE-BRIDGEVIEW HEIGHTS 2018 WR
TRAYVON WILBURN CINCINNATI (OH) MOUNT HEALTHY 2018 LB
KEVIN WOIDKE CLEVELAND (OH) ST. IGNATIUS 2015 OL
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