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Urban Meyer saw Ohio State's top-ranked 2018 recruiting class get even better Tuesday night.

Ohio State football: Buckeyes land 4-star CB Tyreke Johnson; Ryan Shazier in ‘good spirits’ after scary hit

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Another win on the recruiting trail

Ohio State’s impressive 2018 class got even better Tuesday night as 4-star cornerback Tyreke Johnson committed to the Buckeyes. Johnson is considered the No. 38 overall player in his class, according to the 247Sports composite ratings. He picked the Buckeyes over other big name programs such as Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and Miami.

With Johnson’s commitment, Ohio State’s top-rated 2018 class now has 19 commits.

Ryan Shazier update

Former Buckeyes standout Ryan Shazier was involved in a scary hit Monday night when he tried to make a tackle. The linebacker had to be carted off the field in the first quarter of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Cincinnati Bengals and was treated for a spine injury. There was an update on Shazier’s injury Tuesday afternoon.

Steelers safety Mike Mitchell tweeted that Shazier was in “good spirits.”

There was also an update from the medical staff at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, which said Shazier will continue testing and evaluation until he’s cleared to return to Pittsburgh.

Urban ad-Meyer-er

Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes will be facing Clay Helton’s Trojans in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29, and the Southern California coach has a lot of respect for his counterpart. Helton, 45, took over the USC job at the start of the 2016 season, and he said Tuesday that Meyer has always been one of his head coaching role models.

Helton referred to Meyer as a “legend” and spoke about what the matchup means to him.

“To have the opportunity to compete against an Ohio State, to have the opportunity to be on the same field as a Coach Meyer, it’s one of those things you dream about when you grow up and you’re a young football coach,” Helton said.

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