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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Should we be panicked by the way things are going or simply par the course? Should we expect day to be able to be close to recruiting levels of urban or more like tressel?
— Alec (@OSUBucksfan09) December 16, 2018
I want to attack this question in a few tiers, if that’s OK.
First and foremost, no, there is no reason for Ohio State to panic about the recruiting class of 2019 or 2020, period.
In fact, the Buckeyes should be celebrating. Urban Meyer retired almost two weeks ago, and the Ohio State coaching staff with new head coach Ryan Day running the show has managed to keep every single 2019 commit in the mix.
Yes, they may be close to losing Jordan Battle, but the truth is that may have happened no matter who the coach was. The same could be said for Doug Nester, who continues to flirt with other schools. But it’s important to recognize that started months ago when he visited both Virginia Tech and Penn State during the season.
A program does not lose a coach with the legacy and history of Meyer without some hiccups. What Day and Ohio State have done is near miracle to this point, and it speaks volumes about his potential and the strength of the Ohio State brand.
In two days, Ohio State is going to sign at least 13 players in the Class of 2019. Steele Chambers isn’t going to sign, but he will in February. Battle’s status is up in the air and Nester is going to wait until February before he makes a final choice. As things stand right now, the Buckeyes have the third-best class in the country according to the 247Sports.com “player average” metric.
But make no mistakes, this 2019 class is going to be smaller than usual for Ohio State, and that’s going to impact its final ranking. But there’s absolutely no reason to panic.
For a program to undergo the type of around-the-clock scrutiny that Ohio State has this season and to still be on the verge of signing at least two 5-star prospects in Harry Miller and Garrett Wilson — and maybe a third if Zach Harrison picks the Buckeyes — is incredible. To go through what the Buckeyes have and not suffer a decommitment from the current recruiting class is incredible.
Now to the second part of your question.
Jim Tressel beat Michigan nine out of 10 times. His recruiting classes were always excellent, though sometimes they were a little lower-ranked because there was not nearly as much roster management in those days of Ohio State football as there is now. However, Tressel’s last four classes at Ohio State finished first, first, third and first in the Big Ten, so even if Day’s recruiting dips from Meyer’s level to Tressel’s level, things are still going to be pretty damned good for Ohio State.
Meyer didn’t handpick Day to take over for him on a whim. He knows what he’s capable of, and the families recruited by Day know as well. Outsiders are going to find out soon enough, but to expect everything to go perfect and to finish with a top-three national group in a class that will likely number 17 or 18 guys isn’t realistic.
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