With all the social media and recruiting websites out there, I must admit that I have issues with recruiting rankings.
I mean the kids love it, but to me it just does not matter as much as The Ohio State coaches evaluation of said recruits.
I believe in most cases, coaches recruit to fill specific needs in regards to the depth chart.
With that being said, you will always have a handful of players you give scholarships regardless. Once you get to a certain point in your class though — just like the NFL draft – you take the best available players and let them earn a spot on the depth chart.
Now I want to stress that in the same breath, the staff needs to get the best players in Ohio every year. This keeps the border protected around the Buckeye State and somewhat makes it a huge pipeline.
Who I would love to see be the next five commitments to The Ohio State in the class of 2015?
Here is my list, or as we called it in the Air Force, my “Dream Sheet”.
1. Josh Sweat, DE, Oscar Smith HS, Chesapeake, VA. — Sweat has drawn comparisons to Jadeveon Clowning due to his freakish athletic ability and sudden burst. Last year, the 6’4’’, 240-pound All-American put himself at the center of the national recruiting radar, when he totaled a whopping 22 sacks and 94 tackles, including 31 tackles for loss. Although it’s going to be a dogfight to land this recruit, he did enjoy his visit to Ohio State.
Only question left is, does Ohio State get an Official Visit? It also helps that Hilliard and Cornell are recruiting dynamos.
Well, the critics have spoken, and we’re excited to have Mike join us in the Tuesday Morning slot full time.
State of The Ohio State Football Recruiting and my reasons not to get your panties in an uproar:
I know when fans look at where we are with only two verbal commits for 2015, Jamel Dean and Eric Glover-Williams; they think it’s time to hit the “Panic Button”. Well, I look at it differently and what needs to be remembered are several items of note.
These are only verbal, non-binding promises. As seen with Ben Edwards’s verbal, things can change quickly with these young men. I know Edwards said he was committed 100 percent to Ohio State (don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do), but as with any young person making the biggest decision of their life up to this point, minds can change. I understand that our fan base (which I consider the best in College Football) is passionate about the Buckeyes and the recruits coming in every year. But, these things are beyond our control, so we should trust the staff and especially Urban Meyer, who has proven he is a STUD recruiter and probably top 3 in the nation. I just cannot imagine Urban having a sub-par recruiting year.
It’s so early in the game, and we still have approximately 10 months until signing day. It’s almost silly to complain or criticize when we have a proven coach that continues to reload every year. If for some reason you think we will not have a top 10 (more likely top 5) class, go ahead and wake yourself up from your bad dream. Meyer’s first three classes were ranked in the top 5 by almost every recruiting service. I have faith in Urban, not to mention Chris Ash and Larry Johnson. Johnson has been known as one of the best recruiters nationally for years and I see no reason for that to change now!
I would like to add one more item about us as fans. Is it really necessary to contact a player on social media and talk crap to them? I find it reasonable to think that most of the offenders would not dare say the things they do on social media to that player’s face. It is a disgrace in my opinion to verbally attack a young man for making a life decision. We all need to police ourselves in this area, you know, be accountable for our own actions as ADULTS!! Sorry for the rant, but I needed to get that off my chest. Thanks for understanding.
If I am not mistaken, Ohio State currently has 15 unofficial spots open for 2015. Most fans understand with attrition, injuries and transfers that that number should be approximately 18-21 when all said and done. Now, I am thinking more conservatively at 20 but that could change at any time. So I want to look at who might be most likely to commit in the near future to Ohio State. Read More
It’s still too early to know the exact numbers in the class, especially the numbers they would take at specific positions (and that is variable anyway) but I feel compelled to put together a list.
QB is pretty easy. They’d like to take two (in line with not taking any in ’16 to clear the way for Danny Clark in ’17) and their top targets are Wimbush and Torrance.
Wimbush is down to Penn State and Ohio State with the whole head/heart thing but it seems likely that Ohio State will win that battle- especially the longer it drags out.
Torrance is going to go down to signing day but Meyer has already worked his magic and is amongst the top schools without a visit. Getting him on campus is going to be huge and then we will go from there.
RB is also fairly easy. It looks like they are going to take two with the top target being Damien Harris. I personally would give the nod for the second spot to LJ Scott given the whole in-state thing, but there are plenty of offers and alternatives floating around.
WR: 5. Van Jefferson
Unlike QB and RB, WR is hard to get a handle on. Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I can tell Van Jefferson is just about the only guy with positive OSU buzz surrounding him right now.
With Johnnie Dixon, Noah Brown, Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel, James Clark, Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson all coming in over the past two recruiting classes, it seems likely they won’t be targeting too many receivers in ’15, but will they only take one?
Plus you have the ATHs like Eric Glover-Williams and Christian Kirk factoring in.
I have no idea, so I’ll go with the safe pick for now. Read More