Spring Forecast: An Updated Projection of Ohio State's 2019 Recruiting Class

By Andrew Lind on May 24, 2018 at 10:10 am
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There’s exactly one week left in the Spring Evaluation Period, which means we’re now one quarter of the way through the current recruiting cycle.

A lot has changed in the three months since my colleague Andrew Ellis and I offered our way-too-early predictions on how Ohio State’s 2019 recruiting class would unfold.

At that time, the Buckeyes held just one commitment in West Virginia four-star offensive tackle Doug Nester, but have since added eight pledges in the months since — highlighted by Texas five-star wide receiver Garrett Wilson.

We both hit the nail on the head when it came to Wilson’s commitment. The same goes for Lexington four-star linebacker Cade Stover; Mentor four-star teammates Ryan Jacoby and Noah Potter; and New Jersey four-star safety “Rocket” Ronnie Hickman. I also had Indiana four-star running back Sampson James pegged to Ohio State, while everyone in the recruiting world was seemingly caught off guard by commitments from Georgia four-star running back Steele Chambers and Maryland three-star safety Bryson Shaw in mid-to-late April.

The Buckeyes have yet to land a quarterback or fully address concerns at wide receiver and along the offensive line, but we’re expecting to get a bit of clarity at those positions during the summer months. But with that said, it really does become a guessing game of sorts — especially with the staff yet to go all out for a signal caller this cycle.

So now with the calendar about to change and the staff set to welcome hundreds of prospects to campus for one-day camps in June, we’ve decided to give our predictions another shot. Who will fill out the rest of Ohio State’s Dynasty ’19 recruiting class? Let’s find out:

QUARTERBACK

ELLIS: Texas four-star Grant Gunnell

LIND: Gunnell

RUNNING BACK

ELLIS: Chambers, James

LIND: Chambers, James

WIDE RECEIVER

ELLIS: Indiana four-star David Bell; Missouri four-stars Marcus Washington and Jameson Williams; Wilson

LIND: Tennessee four-star Trey Knox, Bell, Washington, Williams, Wilson

ATHLETE

ELLIS: Kentucky three-star Wandale Robinson

LIND: Robinson

TIGHT END

ELLIS: Fairfield three-star Erick All

LIND: Indiana four-star Craig Young

CENTER

ELLIS: Georgia four-star Harry Miller

LIND: Miller

OFFENSIVE TACKLE:

ELLIS: Illinois four-star Trevor Keegan, Dayton Dunbar three-star Jonathan Allen, Jacoby, Nester

LIND: West Virginia five-star Darnell Wright, Allen, Jacoby, Nester

DEFENSIVE END

ELLIS: Olentangy Orange five-star Zach Harrison, Potter

LIND: Harrison, Potter

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

ELLIS: Florida four-star Tyler Davis

LIND: Davis

LINEBACKER

ELLIS: Reynoldsburg three-star Dezman Cooper, Stover

LIND: Massillon Washington three-star Jamir Thomas, Cooper, Stover

CORNERBACK

ELLIS: Florida four-star Jordan Battle, Georgia four-star Zion Puckett

LIND: Pennsylvania three-star M.J. Devonshire, Battle

SAFETY

ELLIS: Hickman, Shaw

LIND: Hickman, Shaw

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