With commitments this morning from Tampa five-star offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and New Jersey four-star defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Ohio State just put the finishing touches on the highest-rated recruiting class in program history.
The Buckeyes landed 26 prospects from 14 different states, including their first-ever pledges from Idaho and Oklahoma.
While it wasn't enough to hold off Georgia (322.39 points) for the top-rated class in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings — as the Bulldogs signed five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell and flipped Top 100 linebackers Quay Walker and Otis Reese from Alabama and Michigan, respectively — Ohio State finished with a total score of 317.06.
For comparison's sake, last year's class finished with a score of 312.14. The Buckeyes finished second to the Crimson Tide last year, but held a higher per-player average (94.59 to 93.76). It is viewed as a more accurate assessment of a recruiting class' strength, as it doesn't give an advantage to the program that signed more players.
Ohio State narrowly squeaked by Georgia this year in per-player average, as well, 94.29 to 94.23.