COLUMBUS, Ohio — On National Signing Day, Ohio State signed a historic 2017 recruiting class. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ 2017 haul laid claim to a school-record five 5-star prospects and the highest composite average of any class in 247Sports history.
Below is a list of each Ohio State commit in its 2017 class, including their positional ranking, star rating, hometown and more.
Some prospects, such as Jeffrey Okudah, Baron Browning, Shaun Wade and Tate Martell, are already enrolled at Ohio State. But on Wednesday, one of the best — if not the best — classes in program history finally made it official.
Ohio State 2017 recruiting class, rankings
|5-star CB||Jeffrey Okudah*||1||Grand Prairie, TX|
|5-star LB||Baron Browning*||1||Kennedale, TX|
|5-star CB||Shaun Wade*||2||Jacksonville, FL|
|4-star APB||J.K. Dobbins*||2||La Grange, TX|
|4-star OT||Josh Myers*||11||Miamisburg, OH|
|4-star QB||Tate Martell*||2||Las Vegas|
|4-star Saf.||Isaiah Pryor*||7||Bradenton, FL|
|4-star ATH||Brendon White*||3||Powell, OH|
|4-star CB||Marcus Williamson*||27||Westerville, OH|
|5-star DE||Chase Young||2||Hyattsville, MD|
|5-star OG||Wyatt Davis||1||Bellflower, CA|
|4-star WR||Trevon Grimes||5||Ft Lauderdale, FL|
|4-star DT||Haskell Garrett||6||Las Vegas|
|4-star CB||Kendall Sheffield||1 *||Missouri City, TX|
|4-star CB||Amir Riep||23||Cincinnati|
|4-star WR||Jaylen Harris||30||Cleveland|
|4-star DT||Jerron Cage||13||Cincinnati|
|4-star LB||Pete Werner||16||Indianapolis|
|4-star OT||Thayer Munford||28||Massillon, OH|
|3-star WR||Elijah Gardiner||170||Kemp, TX|
|3-star K||Blake Haubeil||1||Buffalo, NY|
* – denotes JUCO ranking
What is Ohio State’s recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 9
5-star commits: 5
4-star commits: 13
247Sports composite ranking: No. 2
Big Ten ranking: 1
Ohio State’s 2017 home-run signees
5-star CB Jeffrey Okudah
The top-ranked cornerback and No. 7 overall player in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports, Okudah arrives at Ohio State as the highest-ranked member of the Buckeyes’ 2017 class.
But just because Okudah is currently listed as a corner, that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily the position he’ll wind up playing throughout his college career. Over the course of his recruitment, recruiting services have also listed the Grand Prairie, Texas, native as a safety, athlete and even as a wide receiver.
5-star DE Chase Young
Unlike Okudah, Young won’t arrive in Columbus until June.
But even without the benefit of being an early enrollee, the No. 8 overall player in the 2017 class is plenty capable of making an instant impact in his college career.
At 6-foot-5 and 251 pounds, the Hyattsville, Md., native already possesses the size necessary to play at the college level. And on last Friday’s “Inside the Shoe” podcast, 247 recruiting insider Steve Wiltfong proclaimed that Young had the potential to one day turn into a No. 1 overall NFL draft pick.
With Ohio State returning its top four defensive ends from a season ago, immediate playing time for the nation’s No. 2 weak-side defensive end may be hard to find. But having recorded 37 tackles for loss and 19 sacks in his senior season at DeMatha Catholic, Young also possesses the type of talent that’s tough for Meyer to keep off the field.
5-star LB Baron Browning
Before Luke Fickell left for Cincinnati and Tim Beck took the offensive coordinator job at Texas, the two now-former Ohio State assistants left the Buckeyes with a parting gift. And it came in the form of the top-ranked outside linebacker in the 2017 class in Browning.
A 5-star prospect, Browning possesses the versatility to play wherever his team needs him to on any given down.
Need someone to man the middle of your defense? Browning can do it. Looking for a playmaker who can drop into coverage from the outside? Browning can do that, too. Trying to keep opposing offenses guessing and on edge? The 6-foot-2, 229-pound prospect can put his hand in the dirt and play on your defensive line.
4-star WR Trevon Grimes
A onetime 5-star prospect, Grimes saw his recruiting ranking drop after a serious knee injury brought his senior season to an early end.
But assuming the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas product gets back to full health, Grimes possesses the potential to be unlike any other receiver Ohio State has recruited in the Meyer era.
At 6-3 and 202 pounds, Grimes already possesses the type of size that could make him an instant target for J.T. Barrett in Kevin Wilson’s offense in the coming season. But he’s more than just a big body — he also has the talent to match, as evidenced by his ultra-impressive highlight reel.
4-star APB J.K Dobbins
Although 4-star prospect Dobbins ranks as the nation’s No. 2 all-purpose back, the La Grange, Texas, native is the prototype for what Meyer and his staff look for at the running back position.
At 5-9.5 and 199 pounds, Dobbins can run for power between the tackles and can also use his speed to break to the outside. During his recruitment, Meyer compared Dobbins’ play to that of a familiar face for Buckeyes fans — former star RB Ezekiel Elliott.
“Coach Meyer said I was better than Zeke when he was my age,” Dobbins told the Austin American-Statesman last fall.