Urban Meyer’s second recruiting class at Ohio State has been completed, and like several of his at Florida, it’s one of the best in the country.
As of late Wednesday afternoon, the four major recruiting web sites had the Buckeyes’ class ranked as following:
The biggest thing that stands out is speed on both sides of the ball. Ohio State signed five “play-makers” on offense (either wide receivers or running backs) and six defensive backs. Urban Meyer often lamented the lack of speed and players who could “make guys miss” last season. They’ll be freshman in 2013, but those players (James Clark, Ezekiel Elliott, Jalin Marshall, Corey Smith and Dontre Wilson) should get an opportunity to play right away.
All said, the Buckeyes have signatures from 24 players, including 10 from right here in Ohio. The lone player from Central Ohio is New Albany’s Darron Lee, who could wind up at safety or even linebacker.
The 14 players from out of state are the most for any OSU class since 1996. If you recall, that class boasted names like David Boston from Texas, as well as Na’il Diggs and Michael Wiley from California.
The 11 different states (including Ohio) are the most of any class signed by Ohio State over the past 21 years.
Here is a further breakdown of player rankings, again from the four major recruiting web sites.
You can’t help but be impressed with the 15-month run that Urban Meyer is on. He put together a top-five class in a short period of time last year, followed up by a perfect, undefeated 12-0 season on the field. In his own words, Ohio State is certainly “the flavor of the month”.
The so called recruiting “experts” rated Florida’s 2007 and 2010. Meyer also captured the 2006 and 2008 BCS Championships while in Gainesville.
Buckeye fans anxiously await the first he can bring back to Columbus.