TFF: Buckeyes among top recruiting classes of 2017 and program history
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer typically assembles stellar recruiting classes, and analysts say 2017 is one of his finest ever.
With minimal drama, the Buckeyes signed 21 players on Wednesday, including five rated 5 stars by recruiting analysts. Nine recruits have already enrolled. Analysts say Ohio State's recruiting haul is second only to Alabama.
Other things to know:
- Top 25 Class: Yes
- Best in class: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, South Grand Prairie, Texas. With the loss of starters Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore, the 6-1 1/2, 190-pound Okudah could start immediately. He could also get a look at safety to fill the hole left by All-American Malik Hooker, who declared for the draft.
- Best of the rest: Chase Young, DE, Hyattsville, Maryland. The 6-5, 251-pounder enters crowded field of Ohio State defensive linemen, including veteran starters Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis. He's been rated the second-best defensive end prospect in the nation.
- Late addition: Thayer Munford, a 6-foot-6, 320 pound offensive tackle from Massillon, Ohio, chose Ohio State Wednesday over 15 other offers.
- One that got away: Four-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey from Las Vegas committed to the Buckeyes last summer, then backed off and chose Nebraska.
- How they'll fit in: Okudah, 5-star cornerback Shaun Wade from Jacksonville, Florida, and the other DBs will get a chance to contribute immediately. Five-star recruits Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis could provide some depth on an offensive line that struggled at times last season. Running back J.K. Dobbins -- rated the best all-purpose back in the country despite sitting his entire senior season with an injury -- could be utilized in all sorts of ways in an offense that lost its best playmaker, H-back Curtis Samuel, to the draft. Baron Browning can play all three linebacker spots and could see significant minutes right away. Four-star dual-threat quarterback Tate Martell from Las Vegas also joins a crowded stable of quarterbacks led by J.T. Barrett, and will compete with Joe Burrow and others to be Barrett's backup.
2017 Ohio State Recruiting Class Roster
- Baron Browning LB 6-4 230 Fort Worth, Texas/Kennedale
- Jerron Cage DT 6-3 280 Cincinnati / Winton Woods
- Wyatt Davis OL 6-4 310 Bellflower, Calif. / St. John Bosco
- J.K. Dobbins RB 5-10 199 La Grange, Texas / La Grange
- Ellijah Gardiner WR 6-4 200 Kemp, Texas / Kemp
- Haskell Garrett DT 6-2 286 Las Vegas / Bishop Gorman
- Trevon Grimes WR 6-4 202 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
- Jaylen Harris WR 6-5 205 Cleveland / Cleveland Heights
- Blake Haubeil K 6-3 200 Buffalo, N.Y. / Canisius
- Tate Martell QB 5-10 203 Las Vegas / Bishop Gorman
- Thayer Munford OL 6-6 325 Cincinnati / Massillon Washington
- Josh Myers OL 6-6 306 Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg
- Jeffrey Okudah CB 6-1 190 Grand Prairie, Texas / South Grand Prairie
- Isaiah Pryor S 6-2 195 Bradenton, Fla. / IMG Academy
- Amir Riep CB 5-11 183 Cincinnati / Colerain
- Kendall Sheffield CB 6-0 183 Missouri City, Texas / Blinn College
- Shaun Wade CB 6-2 175 Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy
- Pete Werner LB 6-3 215 Indianapolis / Cathedral
- Brendon White ATH 6-2 205 Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty
- Marcus Williamson CB 5-10 170 Westerville, Ohio / IMG Academy
- Chase Young DE 6-5 240 Hyattsville, Md. / DeMatha Catholic