Recruiting Classes: Do They Live Up To The Hype?

Written February 5th, 2014 by Scott

Today is the offseason day college football junkies love.

It’s National Letter of Intent Day. The day high school seniors can make official their college choice. At the end of the day, or actually the signing period to be more exact, the so-called experts will rank the classes.

Ohio State is hoping to claim the No. 2 spot behind the Crimson Sabans. But do the rankings really mean anything or are they more like a ticket to see the Florida Marlins play the Houston Astros — crap? Will a top class bring a national title in a couple years?

With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to look back to 2012, when Urban Meyer inked his first class. He had 25 players, 12 on offense, 12 on defense and one who was termed an “athlete.”

That class was ranked No. 4 behind Alabama, Texas and Florida. By the way, how did those high rankings work for you, Texas and Florida fans?

After taking a look back, I’m not quite sure I would rank OSU’s class so high. Maybe top 10. Maybe. But definitely not top five. OSU went undefeated that season but certainly not because of anything major any of these recruits did. Some redshirted, others played mostly special teams. Read More

Grading Ohio State’s 2012 Recruiting Class: Defense

Written February 7th, 2012 by Joe Laing

Defense: Upgraded. (Noah Spence)

With the class all but over, and signing day come and gone, we take a look at the defensive portion of Ohio State’s 2012 class.

Defensive Line (4)


Not enough can be said about how Meyer came in and loaded up at the defensive line.  While his offensive line and linebacker recruiting were impressive as well, the defensive line stands above the rest.

The top four players in the class may all be d-linemen. These guys were all over the all-star game circuit making noise.

Meyer knows that it takes studs up front to win national titles- just ask Troy Smith about the ’07 National Title game.

Noah Spence (6’4’’ 240)

-          Rivals’ Take – 5*, #1 DE, #9 Nationally, #1 in PA

-          Scout’s Take – 5*, #2DE, #5  Nationally, #1 in PA

-          ESPN’s Take – 5*, #2DE, #4 Nationally, #1 in PA

-          Joe’s Take – 5*

Look up speed rusher in the dictionary and you see a picture of Noah “Beep Beep” Spence. Read More

Grading Ohio State’s 2012 Recruiting Class: Offense

Written February 5th, 2012 by Joe Laing

With the 2012 class all but over, and signing day come and gone, we take a look at the offensive portion of the 2012 class.  Tomorrow we will cover the defensive side of the ball.

Cardale Jones

Quarterback (1)


In a year when the QB position was down overall nationally, we were able to hold on to a kid that is now one year removed from high school, with a year of prep school at Fork Union under his belt.

Cardale Jones (6’5’’ 220)

-          Rivals’ Take – 3*

-          Scout’s Take – 3*

-          ESPN’s Take – 3*

-          Joe’s Take – 4*

I may be showing my OSU bias on this one, but I still remember watching him in the Ohio state playoffs his senior year and being very impressed. His film from Fork Union reminded me of that same player.

Give him a redshirt year and then two more years to sit behind Braxton in Meyer’s system and I see him being able to step in and take the reigns.

He has the ability to throw and run and has the huge body type that is hard to bring down in the pocket.  I am really excited about Jones.  I am surprised to see all the services have him as a 3 star. If he buys in to Meyer’s system and puts the time in he could be a star. Read More

Ohio State Recruiting: NLOID

Written February 1st, 2012 by Jim

The Super Bowl of recruiting is finally here.

[Update] Don’t forget to check out the Signing Day Chat with Bill Greene. Bill is the best in the business and it is well worth your time.

[Update II] You can also go back and view Kyle Dodson’s announcement if you missed it, which featured a unique way of choosing the Buckeyes that is worth watching.

Welcome to The Buckeye Battle Cry’s signing day headquarters for Ohio State’s 2012 class!

For people that follow recruiting obsessively, this is like the Super Bowl.

Below you will find all of the latest information on the players that may be deciding to join Ohio State’s class today, as well as the latest on the verbally committed players that have signed and faxed their letters of intent to Ohio State.

Please feel free to join the conversation in the comments section and to follow the links for the latest information and discussion via

Ohio State may get all of the signing day targets below, or they may get none of them. It should make for an interesting day.

Regardless of what happens with the players making decisions today, this is an outstanding class for the Buckeyes and it will be a lot of fun watching develop in the years to come. Click through for all the details on this epic day.

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Kyle Dodson is a Buckeye!

Written February 1st, 2012 by Joe Laing

Big man on campus.

Ho hum, another day in Buckeye land with another commitment.

The latest comes from Cleveland Heights offensive tackle Kyle Dodson (6’6″ 310 lbs).

Dodson is the finishing touch on what has turned into a solid group of 2012 offensive linemen for the Buckeyes.

He  joins Taylor Decker, Joey O’Connor, Patrick Elflein, and Jacoby Boren in the class.

At one point not that long ago, this group looked like it could be in serious trouble.

Filling the depth at tackle was  particularly concerning for the future.

Thankfully, Meyer turned that around in a big way- securing commitments from Dodson and Decker at tackle and throwing in O’Connor for good measure.

Despite the strong finish from Meyer, Dodson’s decision to be a Buckeye was far from a sure thing throughout his recruitment.

After saying that Ohio State was his dream school early on in the process, Kyle committed to Wisconsin over the summer after Coach Tressel left Ohio State. Read More

Jamal Marcus is a Buckeye!

Written February 1st, 2012 by Jim

Jamal Marcus becomes the next LB in the 2012 class looking to make an instant impact on Ohio State's defense.

The incredible infusion of talent into the Silver Bullet defense continues today with the verbal commitment of NC LB Jamal Marcus.

Within days of each other, linebackers David Perkins, Camren Williams and now Jamal Marcus have chosen to be Buckeyes. It can’t by emphasized enough how exciting that is for the future of the defense.

The pitch to the recent 2012 recruits is a chance for early playing time after a very down year in 2011. That message has hit home with Jamal Marcus and the other LBs, who are poised to make a major impact right out of the gate (similar to what Ryan Shazier did as a true freshman in 2011).

It wouldn’t be surprising to see all three get on the field next season- although a redshirt year for at least one of them is likely.

The competition will be intense to see who gets on the field, and that will lead to improved play from the group. Read More

Signing Day Live Chat with Bill Greene

Written February 1st, 2012 by Jim

Bill Greene is without a doubt the best in the recruiting business. The Live Chat will start at 1 p.m.


Ohio State Recruiting Update: Weekend Roundup

Written January 30th, 2012 by Jim

Urban Meyer doesn't make it easy keeping up with recruiting news in Columbus these days.

With national letter of intent day only 48 hours away, the 2012 class is quickly winding down. Our predictions from last week still stand for the most part, but here are a few minor updates:

While things are winding down in 2012, they are just getting started in 2013. Read More

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