Ohio State Receivers Coach Brian Hartline Named National Recruiter of the Year by 247Sports

By Kevin Harrish on February 5, 2020 at 12:04 pm
Brian Hartline.

Brian Hartline is the best damn recruiter in the land.

After landing four top-100 players at receiver, Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has been named 247Sports' national recruiter of the year.

Hartline's first full recruiting cycle includes composite five-star receivers Julian Fleming and Jaxon Smith-Njigba as well as four-stars Gee Scott Jr. and Mookie Cooper.

Fleming headlines the class and is unanimously considered the top wide receiver in the 2020 class and the No. 3 overall player in the composite rankings. Fleming is even rated a the No. 1 player overall by ESPN.

Just behind Fleming in the rankings is Smith-Njigba, who vaulted up the recruiting rankings this year after a record-breaking senior season. He finishes as a five-star prospect and the nation's No. 5 receiver and No. 28 prospect overall according to the 247 composite rankings. Smith-Njigba is the No. 2 receiver in the 247 Sports rankings, behind only Fleming.

Behind both five-stars, Fleming and Smith-Njigba, are four-stars Scott and Cooper. In the final rankings, Scott finishes as the No. 10 receiver in the class and the No. 65 overall prospect in the nation, according to the composite rankings. Cooper, meanwhile, is the No. 16 receiver and No. 91 overall player in the country after he was ineligible for his senior season.

All four enrolled early at Ohio State and all four will compete for playing time this fall in a wide receivers room that's suddenly empty after losing six contributors over the past two seasons.

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