Urban Meyer’s latest Ohio State recruiting class is his best yet. The Buckeyes have 26 signees in their class at the end of the 2018 National Signing Day. Most of Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class inked letters of intent during the early signing period, but the Buckeyes did officially add five more players to their 2018 class on Wednesday.
The Buckeyes’ 2018 class includes a trio of 5-star recruits. Defensive tackle Taron Vincent and safety Tyreke Johnson signed during the early signing period, and tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere committed and signed on National Signing Day after an official visit to Columbus on the last weekend of the recruiting cycle.
Ohio State’s players have an average rating of 94.29 in the 247Sports composite, the highest average of any team in 2018. Here’s a look at where the Buckeyes rank nationally and in the Big Ten.
(All rankings via the 247Sports composite)
Where Ohio State’s class ranks nationally
Ohio State ended National Signing Day with the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. The Buckeyes finished just shy of No. 1 Georgia, signing the No. 2 class for the second consecutive year.
Where Ohio State’s class ranks in the Big Ten
Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class ranked first in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes have led the Big Ten in recruiting for eight consecutive recruiting cycles.
Where Ohio State’s class ranks historically
Even by their own impressive standards, this class stands out as one of the Buckeyes’ best of all time. Ohio State once again led the Big Ten, and this year the Buckeyes produced their highest point total in the 247Sports composite team rankings. During Urban Meyer’s tenure, they have been a consistent presence in the top 5 of the national rankings, with a one-year dip in 2015 being the only time they’ve finished outside the top 5.
Since that No. 7 class in 2015, the Buckeyes have gotten progressively better with three astonishingly strong classes in the last three recruiting cycles. A fourth-place finish in 2016 was followed by No. 2 rankings in 2017 and 2018.
Here’s a look at where the last 10 Ohio State classes ranked nationally and in the Big Ten.
|Year||Class size||National rank||Big Ten rank|
|2018||26||No. 2||No. 1|
|2017||21||No. 2||No. 1|
|2016||25||No. 4||No. 1|
|2015||26||No. 7||No. 1|
|2014||25||No. 3||No. 1|
|2013||24||No. 2||No. 1|
|2012||25||No. 5||No. 1|
|2011||25||No. 6||No. 1|
|2010||19||No. 18||No. 3|
|2009||25||No. 5||No. 1|