Ohio State is offering more prospects in the 2019 recruiting class than they ever have before and the pace only seems to be increasing as the cycle moves forward. As my friend Andrew Lind of Eleven Warriors pointed out, the Buckeyes have offered nearly as many prospects so far in 2019 as they did in the entire 2018 recruiting class and there are nearly 11 months to go until National Signing Day. The Buckeyes offered 174 prospects in 2018 and have already offered 162 recruits in 2019 before the spring evaluation period begins.
So let’s look at where Ohio State’s offers are going out in this class and point out some interesting statistical trends in the geography of the 2019 recruiting class.
Where are the Buckeyes recruiting?
Ohio State has offered prospects in 29 states already in the 2019 class — they offered prospects in only 27 states in 2018 — including some rare territories they don’t often spend time in. Particularly notable are offers to 4-star Rhode Island tackle Xavier Truss and 4-star Iowa quarterback Max Duggan. The Buckeyes have never landed a scholarship football recruit from either state.
No state has received more offers from Ohio State than Florida, which leads the way with 26 prospects holding Buckeyes offers. Georgia is second at 25 offers with Texas third with 22 offers to prospects from Ohio State.
Florida also led the way in the 2018 class, but the gap was much wider. Sunshine State recruits received 43 offers from Ohio State in the previous class. Georgia and Texas tied for second among all other state with 22 offers each in the last class.
The most notable upticks by state in the 2019 class are Michigan (5 more offers than 2018), Indiana (4 more), Georgia (3 more), Maryland (3 more), and Virginia (3 more). It’s obviously very early and these states could see significantly more offers go out, but the largest declines are as follows: Florida (17 fewer), Pennsylvania (7 fewer), New York (4 fewer), California (3 fewer), New Jersey (3 fewer), and Ohio (3 fewer).
Nearly 75 percent of Ohio State’s offers (74.3 percent, to be exact) come in the top nine states they recruit — Florida, Georgia, Texas, Ohio, California, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Maryland, and North Carolina. Some of those are perfectly explainable as either the top states nationally (Florida, Georgia, Texas, and California) or being the closest territories to home (Ohio and Pennsylvania), but others require somewhat more explanation.
Ohio State’s efforts in Maryland (and Washington D.C. as well) seem to be a direct result of defensive line coach Larry Johnson’s deep roots in the state after more than 40 years of coaching experience in Maryland. Although he’s not as much of a long-term recruiter in the area, Ohio State running back coach Tony Alford’s efforts in Tennessee and the relationships he’s built there seem to directly translate to the Buckeyes’ sharply increased interest in the Volunteer State.
There’s not as clear of an explanation as to why North Carolina has received as many offers as some of these other states. The Buckeyes have landed only three prospects from the state since Urban Meyer arrived at Ohio State — 2012 defensive end Jamal Marcus, 2013 defensive end Tyquan Lewis, and 2016 running back Antonio Williams.
Breaking down the numbers for Ohio State
Below is a full list of the count of Ohio State’s offers in the 2019 recruiting class, in order of scholarships issued to each state. Florida (26), Georgia (25), Texas (22), Tennessee (9), Maryland (8), North Carolina (8), Ohio (7), Virginia (6), California (5), Michigan (5), Missouri (5), New Jersey (4), Indiana (4), Alabama (3), Kentucky (3), Pennsylvania (3), Arizona (2), Connecticut (2), Illinois (2), Kansas (2), Oklahoma (2), West Virginia (2), Arkansas (1), Colorado (1), Iowa (1), Minnesota (1), Oregon (1), Rhode Island (1), and South Carolina (1).
Here’s how Ohio State’s offer broke down at the end of the 2018 recruiting class: Florida (43), Georgia (22), Texas (22), Ohio (10), Pennsylvania (10), Tennessee (10), California (8), New Jersey (7), North Carolina (6), Maryland (5), Missouri (4), New York (4), Oklahoma (3), Virginia (3), Nevada (2), Alabama (1), Colorado (1), Idaho (1), Illinois (1), Iowa (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Massachusetts (1), Minnesota (1), Mississippi (1), South Carolina (1), and Washington D.C. (1).