Ohio State tripled the size of its 2019 recruiting class in March, adding commitments from 4-star running back Sampson James of Avon, Ind., and 4-star tackle Ryan Jacoby of Mentor, Ohio. Still, with only three commitments in hand, the Buckeyes have lots of work to do this spring.
Here are three things Ohio State needs to do in April:
1. Start off spring official visits with a bang
For the first time, Ohio State will host recruits for official visits in the spring. The Buckeyes are expected to welcome several prominent official and unofficial visitors to campus for the spring game April 14. Recent NCAA legislation allows official visits for high school juniors from April 1 through the third week of June, with the 2019 class being the guinea pigs who will try this out for the first time.
A long list of blue-chip prospects, including top-100 recruits such as Texas wide receiver Jalen Curry and Georgia offensive lineman Harry Miller, will flock to Columbus for the spring game. Ohio State will host another top-100 prospect, Devyn Ford, for an official visit on the weekend of April 26. Ford is the No. 5 running back in the 247Sports composite rankings.
These prominent names and highly regarded prospects give Ohio State an opportunity to pick up major momentum in spring recruiting. Landing a commitment or two from the major spring visitors could set the tone for future visits and help the Buckeyes get rolling in April.
2. Determine position battles
Ohio State is approaching the end of spring practice, with about two weeks to go until the Buckeyes pack it up until the start of fall camp. Several spots — quarterback, center, right guard, safety and multiple linebacker roles — have position battles on tap to determine who could start.
The outcomes of some of these position battles could impact recruiting and affect how Ohio State could attack certain positions. Spring position battles lead to transfers, especially when younger players supplant veterans on the depth chart. Transfers lead to changing recruiting numbers and needs in the 2019 cycle and beyond.
Finding resolutions to these battles will give the Buckeyes a clearer sense of their recruiting priorities and paint a clear picture of future depth charts for recruits who are concerned about that type of thing.
3. Get some coffee — it’s for closers
As Alec Baldwin told us in this iconic monologue (there’s some NSFW language in this clip), coffee is for closers. Ohio State has had a lot of closers on the coaching staff in recent years, which is how they’ve secured the No. 2 recruiting class nationally in back-to-back cycles.
As April moves forward, the Buckeyes will need those closers to come out again. Ohio State is in the mix for many blue-chip prospects viewed as high priorities. Soon enough, commitments will be forthcoming from some of these players.
Ohio State has three commitments from well-regarded players with impressive offer lists. Still, this program is used to ending April with seven or eight commitments, not three or four. It’s hardly the end of the world if the Buckeyes don’t land many commitments this month, but they’ve typically made it a point of emphasis to build momentum heading into the summer. Securing commitments from some big visitors — Ford, Curry, Miller or others — would be a big step forward this spring.