The new trend in recruiting seems to be bad news in the 2012 class (Greg McMullen commits to Nebraska, Kyle Kalis de-commits and visits Michigan) balanced by exciting news in the 2013 class (Jalin Marshall impresses at camp and earns an offer, Derrick Green earns an offer and vows to “bring #27 out of retirement”).
In a lot of ways, this trend makes perfect sense. Many of the players in the 2012 class are being scared off by the current uncertainty at Ohio State and are deciding to commit elsewhere.
The players that wait until the end of the recruiting process will have plenty of time to see some stability return to Columbus (whether it be a new head coach or Fickell with a long term contract) and the NCAA storm that’s currently brewing will be cleared… the trick is getting enough players in 2012 to be patient enough to wait it out.
In contrast, the 2013 players know that by the time it’s their turn to sign on the dotted line, the current storm and uncertainty will be long gone.
While a lot of the weekend camp buzz involved 2013 players, there are some encouraging stories in the 2012 class as well. Read More
This post might be more accurately titled “Ohio’s Top Prospects Waiting on an Ohio State Offer”.
Either way, it is well documented how stacked the Buckeye state is with talent in the 2012 class, and unfortunately that creates a situation were some very talented players aren’t being considered by the home team… yet.
With summer camps currently in progress, many players will be looking to earn an offer not yet received. And some players not even on Ohio State’s early radar will likely emerge, meaning that the big board will likely need some heavy renovations over the next several weeks (which I, of course, will be more than happy to do).
Truth time, I started this list several weeks ago and I have literally had to cut it in half due to numerous players originally on the list verbally committing to other schools.
Those other schools (namely, Michigan and Michigan State) have really benefited from the talent in Ohio combined with the limited number of scholarships available to Ohio State.
While that was inevitable with this class, here’s hoping that patience pays off with some of the remaining players. Read More
Now that the ink has dried on the 2011 recruiting class, it is officially time to start looking ahead to 2012… recruiting has no off season. The 2012 class is projected to have a relatively low number of scholarships, which is a shame given the huge amount of talent present in Ohio and across the country.
With 5 players already in the fold, the Buckeyes will be looking to add approximately 10-15 additional prospects over the next 12 months. Like 2011, the class will fill up quickly (primarily with in-state players), leaving the coaches plenty of time to focus on a small number of elite out-of-state targets that will take a bit longer to reel in.
Regardless of who the Buckeyes sign, disappointment is inevitable in 2012. Ohio State will miss on some extremely talented players simply because there won’t be room for them. The in-state players heading abroad will be particularly difficult to witness, but you play the hand you are dealt.
For the record, number crunches like Ohio State is facing in 2012 are exactly why oversigning provides such a huge advantage for certain teams, but I digress.