Perhaps “hard sell” is a little strong, I’ll change it to “more challenging sell”. We’re asking 5 star, go anywhere they want kids to commit to a program that will have an (as yet) unproven dual threat QB their first season, then (likely) an unproven pro style QB the rest of their career, as well as an unproven first time HC. I don’t have the time to look up the link, but Dobbins all but said he regressed last year in that offense. Add in that OSU is on a slightly lower tier than the Alabama’s and the Clemson’s and the Georgia’s of college football (for now, hopefully we’ll make some CFP noise this fall), and also the traditional higher degree of difficulty in getting kids to move to the Midwest... it’s not surprising to me that 5 star kids aren’t tripping over themselves to come play at OSU. That’s a lot of question marks for someone who has all the options in the world.
Now if JK goes for 1500+ yards this season and we’re back in the CFP, I’d expect a little higher success rate next summer and fall. Conversely, if we find out Justin Fields was way overrated, Day loses the team and they drop 3-4 games this year, I wouldn’t expect any 5 stars at any position to commit next summer.
It’s easy for us Buckeye fans to see all this changeover as just an opportunity to be better. Take off your scarlet colored glass though, and this changeover could just as easily go bad as it could be good. I’m betting on a better team this year, but simply put, they need to prove that.. especially to 5 star recruits.