COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State is set to sign its most talented class of the internet era, and there’s been no shortage of attention lavished on its members.
And for good reason — with one day until National Signing Day, the group is composed of 20 of the most talented players in the country. Five have earned 5-star status in the 247Sports composite rankings. All but two own the blue-chip label that comes with being a 4- or 5-star prospect. A dozen of them rank among the top five recruits at their respective position.
There are virtually no projects in this class, no prospects that might need three years before being considered ready to play at a school like Ohio State. Several should play in at least some capacity this season, and a couple may be even good enough to start as true freshmen despite limited available starting spots. And yet, despite all that, there are still some players who have flown under the radar during the recruiting cycle. What’s even more amazing is that most could be the cornerstone of a class had they committed elsewhere.
Take, for instance, 4-star offensive guard Josh Myers. Until the final rankings came out, Myers was a 5-star prospect and top-10 overall prospect. Even after a drop, he’s still the No. 2 offensive guard and No. 54 overall prospect. However, he’s been covered as virtually an afterthought because he issued a rock-solid commitment more than two years ago. He did so to free up the staff to chase other 5-stars.
“Ohio State was where I wanted to be,” Myers told Land of 10. “I went to all the schools that I felt there was a chance I could go to and might like. After all those trips, I just knew. The recruiting process is stressful for players and for coaches, in my opinion. I didn’t want to waste anyone else’s time. I didn’t want to waste Ohio State’s time, and I didn’t want to waste my time.”
When Jerron Cage committed to Ohio State over Notre Dame, it was a big deal. His brother Daniel plays for the Irish. Furthermore, Notre Dame had beaten the Buckeyes for Liam Eichenberg and Tommy Kraemer not too long before that. In the year and a half since he pledged, however, he’s been overshadowed by OSU’s pursuit of 5-star defensive tackles Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele.
Here’s how much better Ohio State’s class is than Notre Dame’s: Cage owns a higher 247Sports composite ranking than 12 Notre Dame commits but just three Ohio State commits.
Take one look at Amir Riep’s offer list and you’ll wonder how he’s not the star of the class. Here’s a sample of the Power 5 schools that have offered him: Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
That’s an outrageous list for anyone, much less someone who’s been a pretty quiet part of a recruiting class. But Riep, a cornerback, ranks fifth among Ohio State’s six defensive back commits in the 247Sports composite.
Ohio State’s top-end talent is some of the best ever assembled in one class, but the legacy of the class may end up being its complete lack of weak links. Virtually anyone in the class could have played anywhere in the country, but they all chose Ohio State.