Ohio State has the country’s top-ranked recruiting class.
It includes 11 players ranked in the 247Sports Top 100 for 2018. There are 10 players regarded as one of the top 5 players nationally at their positions.
Simply put, it’s a remarkable assembly of top-tier football prospects and there are still five months of class-building to do for Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes.
As good as this current group is, there are a few players who seem to avoid the “too much press” bug that haunts so many Ohio State-level athletes these days. For whatever reason, whether they consciously avoid the media and/or social media spotlight, or they play a position that doesn’t bring huge statistics no matter how impactful their play, some guys just don’t get the “love.”
Today in 3 for 3, our weekly recruiting reachout, we’re asking two Ohio State analysts which players currently committed to the Buckeyes aren’t getting enough attention.
My friends Alex Gleitman, from 247Sports.com and Andrew Ellis from elevenwarriors.com, chimed in this week with their thoughts.
Alex Gleitman, Bucknuts:
To me, it’s Taron Vincent.
You have a kid who is a 5-star, tops at his position, and a top 10-20 prospect, depending on who you talk to, yet nobody really brings him up too much.
I think it is a combination of the fact that many expected him to end up in the class, he’s not that active on social media, and plays a position where you’re not going to see ridiculous highlight-reel plays, like you would with a quarterback, receiver, running back, or even a defensive back or linebacker.
Vincent is the top-ranked player in the Buckeyes class, yet he’s almost taken for granted by those following OSU recruiting.
Andrew Ellis, Eleven Warriors:
Right now I think Sevyn Banks is the commit that’s not being talked about enough. However, I also think there’s a pretty fair reason for that.
Banks is extremely athletic and has the size Urban Meyer and Greg Schiano covet. But, the 4-star prospect missed his junior season due to a knee injury, so there’s just not a whole lot of live film and evaluations out there right now.
The Banks commitment caught a lot of people by surprise, and I fully admit to being one of those people. However, since recovering from the torn ACL, he’s put on a show at a number of different camp settings including The Opening finals in Oregon.
Banks is long and fast and I expect him to continue his rise up the recruiting rankings. He’s the only cornerback committed right now, and while Buckeyes fans continue to watch Anthony Cook and Tyson Campbell, it’s good to know that one really good one is already in the fold.
Jeremy Birmingham, Land of 10:
I’m going to go with the guy who was the first commitment in the Class of 2018, Seffner (Fla.) 4-star running Brian Snead.
He’s the country’s fourth-ranked running back, and he’s from Florida. That combination of “metrics” would usually inspire fan base and lead to an undeserved Hall of Fame nomination, yet Snead is pretty much an afterthought, it seems, in the public eye.
Why? I think it’s because for all his on-field talents, Snead seems to go out of his way to stay as far away from the media mess as possible. He doesn’t chase recruiting drama. He doesn’t visit other schools, or retweet offers or interest from other schools. Since he committed to Ohio State in July 2016, Snead has done nothing but work on his game, prepare his body and build an incomparable relationship with his future position coach, Tony Alford.
Yet, in the last year, most of the talk around him was, “OK, when is he going to de-commit? There’s no way he’ll stay committed the whole time, right? Shouldn’t the Buckeyes chase other running backs harder because Snead will probably de-commit?”
I know that when it comes to recruiting, drama sells. But if you’re an Ohio State fan you should be absolutely thrilled that Brian Snead is coming to Columbus — and with the way he’s handled his recruitment. He’s got superstar potential for the Buckeyes.