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Urban Meyer and Ohio State are in position to land the nation's top recruiting class.

Ohio State football: Buckeyes battle to land Nicholas Petit-Frere; Gene Smith calls coaches’ salaries ‘ridiculous’

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Decision day for 5-star T Nicholas Petit-Frere

There’s a good chance that Ohio State’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class gets even better on National Signing Day. The Buckeyes are the leaders to land highly ranked tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere on Wednesday, according to the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Petit-Frere is the top-ranked tackle, a 5-star recruit and the No. 7 player in the 2018 recruiting class. He’s picking between Ohio State, Florida, Michigan and Alabama. Petit-Frere is set to announce his decision at 10 a.m. ET. Land of 10’s Ryan Donnelly breaks down what his commitment would mean for the Buckeyes’ already terrific class:

Landing Petit-Frere would give Ohio State its best odds of retaining the country’s No. 1 recruiting class, ahead of Georgia. He would give the Buckeyes their top-rated prospect in the 2018 recruiting class and their third 5-star recruit overall, joining fellow Floridians Taron Vincent and Tyreke Johnson. The Buckeyes are in a close back-and-forth with the Bulldogs for that top spot.

Gene Smith calls coaches’ salaries ‘ridiculous’

Do you think college coaches get paid too much money? You’re not alone. On Tuesday, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith called out the high salaries of college football coaches, saying they are “ridiculous.” Smith was specifically talking about the 10-year, $75 million contract Jimbo Fisher recently received at Texas A&M.

“I don’t even put Texas A&M in our sphere because I’m considering Urban [Meyer]’s situation with three years left on his contract,” Smith said, per The Lantern. “Talking with [Susan Basso, vice president of human resources] and [Joanna McGoldrick, associate vice president of total rewards], that’s not even someone that we’re comparing with because it’s so ridiculous.

“It’s the same way with Alabama and their total salary. Take it off the sheet because it doesn’t matter. Because it’s just no value to it. It’s a reactionary type of management.”

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Why Ohio State is in position to beat TCU in 2018

Yes, there are more than seven months until Ohio State faces its first big test of the 2018 season and plays TCU on Sept. 15 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. But Land of 10’s Austin Ward has already laid out a reason for optimism for Buckeyes fans:

Ohio State has made the Lone Star State something of a home away from the Horseshoe. And the Buckeyes actually might be even more comfortable at Jerry World than at TCU in what normally would amount to a quasi-home game for the program from Fort Worth. At this point, there’s no reason to expect that Urban Meyer’s next trip to Texas ― Sept. 15 against TCU ― will be any different from the visit for the 2015 National Championship Game or the dominant defensive outing in the Cotton Bowl to wrap up the 2017 campaign.

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