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Ohio State 2018 class in good shape to finish second
Ohio State had a bit of a disappointing end to the early signing period with 5-star tackle Jackson Carman choosing Clemson, 5-star safety commitment Jaiden Woodbey flipping to Florida State and 4-star quarterback commitment Emory Jones flipping to Florida.
The defections dropped the Buckeyes from the No. 1 spot in the 247Sports composite team rankings, but it wasn’t a steep fall. As of Tuesday, Ohio State is still ranked second, behind Georgia.
It’s going to be a challenge for the Buckeyes to reclaim the top spot from the Bulldogs, but the good news is that they seem primed to finish no worse than second. Ohio State is trailed by Texas and Penn State, and neither of them have a ton of open spots left to make up ground. If the Buckeyes sign around 25 players (they’re currently at 21) they should probably hold on to that second spot.
There have also been some positive developments lately, as it now seems likely Cleveland Heights, Ohio, 4-star defensive end Tyreke Smith will pick Ohio State over Penn State when he announces his decision Jan. 4. Smith is the No. 4 weakside defensive end and No. 60 overall prospect according to the 247Sports composite.
There’s also a chance that Urban Meyer and defensive line coach Larry Johnson could make it a daily double on Jan. 4, with Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy 4-star DE Jayson Oweh also announcing that day at the Under Armour All-American Game. Oweh, who is also being pursued by Penn State and Michigan, is the No. 5 strongside defensive end and No. 106 overall prospect.
Adding two of the top 110 players in 2018 would obviously bolster the Buckeyes’ class to a tremendous degree, especially at a position of such need. The Buckeyes could also end up signing a top tackle, though they’ll be playing from behind in the case of each of the three top-6 tackles who remain unsigned:
- Nicholas Petit-Frere, Tampa (Fla.) Berkley: 5 stars, No. 3 T, No. 17 overall
- William Barnes, Apopka (Fla.): 4 stars, No. 5 T, No. 46 overall
- Rasheed Walker, Waldorf (Md.) North Point: 4 stars, No. 6 T, No. 81 overall
Walker is probably the most likely candidate to end up in Columbus, and even that would be described as an unlikely get. But Ohio State has made a habit in the past of picking up some January wins on the recruiting trail. If the Buckeyes add one from that group, it would really help complete their 2018 class.
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