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How many recruits will Urban Meyer take in the 2019 class?

How many recruits will Ohio State take in 2019 class?

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What kind of scholarship numbers are you expecting from Ohio State? How many players will they take at each position?Ryan S. from Westfield, Ind.

I’m expecting Ohio State to take 23-26 players in the 2019 recruiting class, although that number will remain flexible as transfers, injuries and position battles shake out. Below, see a breakdown of each position Ohio State is recruiting.

Quarterback

Targeted number: 1

Commits: None

Explanation: Though it’s a subpar quarterback crop nationally in the 2019 class, Ohio State will take someone at the position. Grant Gunnell and Graham Mertz are the top two targets here. The Buckeyes hope to have a quarterback commit secured before the end of June.

Running back

Targeted number: 2 or 3

Commits: Sampson James (4 stars), Steele Chambers (4 stars)

Explanation: Ohio State is sitting pretty with two running back commits in the fold, but the coaches have remained in contact with a few top running backs nationally. I think they’ll ultimately finish with James and Chambers and be happy, but a few players remain in the mix.

Wide receiver

Targeted number: 4 or 5

Commits: Garrett Wilson (5 stars)

Explanation: With a mass exodus of wide receivers expected following the 2018 season, Ohio State will have a wealth of opportunities to take new prospects in the 2019 recruiting class. One highly ranked commit is in the fold, but I don’t see the Buckeyes playing it safe here. Look for a big summer of wide receiver commitments.

Tight end

Targeted number: 1

Commits: None

Explanation: Ohio State has struggled to gain traction in tight end recruiting in the 2019 class and the board keeps changing at the position. Tight end is not a major need, but the Buckeyes will take a player here. They’ll likely end up offering an in-state tight end.

Offensive line

Targeted number: 5 or 6

Commits: Doug Nester (4 stars), Ryan Jacoby (4 stars)

Explanation: Offensive line will be the cornerstone of the 2019 recruiting class for Ohio State. The coaching staff will take one center and the remaining spots will be split between tackle and guard. The current commits — Nester and Jacoby — have the versatility to play either position.

Defensive tackle

Targeted number: 0 or 1

Commits: None

Explanation: Ohio State does not necessarily need a defensive tackle in the 2019 class after an incredible haul at the position in 2018 and the presence of several veterans. However, the Buckeyes have maintained contact with a few top players nationally and would take the right prospect.

Defensive end

Targeted number: 2 or 3

Commits: Noah Potter (4 stars)

Explanation: Ohio State’s defensive end depth remains thin and Nick Bosa will depart for the NFL after this season. The program likely will need to take three 2019 defensive ends. 5-star Ohio prospect Zach Harrison is unquestionably the top prospect for the Buckeyes to pair with Potter.

Linebacker

Targeted number: 1-3

Commits: Cade Stover (4 stars)

Explanation: Ohio State is expected to lose only one linebacker from the 2018 roster and already has one commitment at the position. However, with so many open spots and position battles that could leave veterans buried on the depth chart, transfers could occur and leave the door open for more players.

Defensive back

Targeted number: 3-5

Commits: Ronnie Hickman (4 stars), Bryson Shaw (3 stars)

Explanation: Ohio State has two safety commitments in the hopper, but the coaches will need to add talent at cornerback and could take one more safety. The Shaw commitment was surprising, but the Buckeyes remain involved with several top defensive back targets. Jordan Battle seems like a heavy Ohio State lean.

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