Ohio State football: Buckeyes win big on National Signing Day; Greg Schiano will return in 2018
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Ohio State inks best recruiting class in program history
Ohio State did not finish the 2018 recruiting cycle with the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class. That distinction went to Georgia, which edged Ohio State for the top spot on Wednesday. But every other aspect went in the Buckeyes’ favor on National Signing Day. The Buckeyes finished with the highest-ranked class in their history, which was boosted from some big name commitments at the last minute.
Here’s a breakdown of Land of 10’s National Signing Day coverage of the Buckeyes, who again proved why they are a premiere college football program in the 2018 class:
- Ohio State’s day started out with a commitment from Nicholas Petit-Frere, the top-ranked tackle in the 2018 class. To make the commitment even sweeter, Petit-Frere picked the Buckeyes over Michigan (among others) and Jim Harbaugh even scheduled a bowl practice at his high school in late December.
- Petit-Frere’s commitment was somewhat expected. Javontae Jean-Baptiste’s pledge to the Buckeyes was not. Jean-Baptiste, a 4-star defensive end, picked the Buckeyes over Nebraska, Texas A&M and others to give Ohio State a 25-player class.
- Land of 10 recruiting analyst Ryan Donnelly recapped the Buckeyes’ class, describing just how impressive this group is for Urban Meyer. Donnelly also handed out his grades for class (spoiler alert: there are a lot of A’s).
- Finally, Land of 10’s Austin Ward explained why Wednesday was a great excuse to celebrate where Ohio State is as a program.
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Greg Schiano will be back at Ohio State in 2018
Ohio State fans finally know the answer about Greg Schiano’s future. After being linked the opening for the New England Patriots’ defensive coordinator job earlier in the week, Schiano is staying in Columbus for the 2018 season. Urban Meyer confirmed the news during a Wednesday press conference after it was reported by Bruce Feldman.
Greg Schiano tells me he is staying at #OhioState contrary to reports from Monday that he was leaving for the Patriots. Big day for the Buckeyes. Schiano played a key part in landing top OT Nick Petit-Frere out of Tampa.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018
Schiano has spent the last two seasons as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator, and Meyer said he had multiple offers to leave his staff this offseason.
Ohio State, Urban Meyer working on contract extension
Speaking of staying at Ohio State for longer, that’s what Meyer would like to do. The Buckeyes coach is in talks with the school about a contract extension, he said Wednesday.
“I feel great,” he told reporters on National Signing Day when asked about rumors he was nearing the end of the road. “I don’t know where that’s coming from. We’re getting ready to sign an extension and get more years put on my contract.”
Keita Bates-Diop lifts Ohio State to huge road win over No. 3 Purdue
There was even more good news regarding the Buckeyes on Wednesday night. Ohio State basketball picked up its biggest win of the season and put itself in the driver’s seat to win a Big Ten title with a 64-63 win over No. 3 Purdue on the road. Keita Bates-Diop tipped in a shot with 2.8 seconds left to hand the Boilermakers their first loss since Thanksgiving.
No. 14 @OhioStateHoops has gone into Mackey and snapped No. 3 Purdue's D-I leading 19-game winning streak!
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) February 8, 2018
It’s hard to overstate what the win means for Chris Holtmann’s team. It’s a signature win over one of the country’s best teams — a victory that lets the nation know the Buckeyes are for real. It also came on the road in a game when the Buckeyes trailed by 14 points in the second half and solidified Bates-Diop’s position as the front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year.
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