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Early signing day success for Ohio State
What a day it was Wednesday for Ohio State during the national early signing day, as the Buckeyes closed on 14 new prospects in the Class of 2019. The main name that will likely stand out when all is said and done was local 5-star defensive tackle Zach Harrison, who chose to wear Scarlet and Gray for his college career over maize and blue or blue and white
That group currently ranks as the Big Ten’s third-best and the 12th-ranked class nationally, according to the 247Sports.com composite rankings. But as Birm noted following the day’s events, this is a good, solid recruiting class in a year that the Buckeyes showed their program’s strength not by who they signed, but who they held on to in the face of considerable adversity.
Harrison hype heating up
If the buzz around Zach Harrison might have felt strangely muted over the last few months considering he’s just up the road from the Buckeyes, that’s all going to change now. After the country’s No. 4-ranked prospect announced he was a Buckeye, the thought that he would join Larry Johnson’s lineage of rushmen was not the only thing on Buckeyes fans’ minds.
Harrison also played tight end at Olentangy Orange, raising the question of if he may be brought in on red zone opportunities for the Buckeye to provide another big body to block and possibly even catch a touchdown. Could he do it? I personally think Harrison has all the athletic ability in the world to possibly be thrown in at tight end on some plays, and Ryan Day seemed to think so too.
“Yeah, I mean, when you look at somebody who runs a 10.8-second 100-meter dash at his size and the potential that he has, all you think of is the Bosa [brothers] and some of the top defensive ends in all of America,” he said. “It isn’t all going to happen at once, but the ceiling for Zach is really, really high.”
Lettermen analyze 2019 class film
Who knows what it takes to play at Ohio State than the guys who did it themselves? We agree.
Former Buckeyes linebacker Zach Boren and former offensive lineman Reid Fragel were back in Lettermen Row HQ this week to take a look at some of the highlights of new Buckeyes Harry Miller and Tommy Eichenberg to break down just what Ryan Day and Co. are getting from these two talents.
Understanding recruiting by the numbers
With players graduating, leaving early, scholarship limits and early enrollments, the numbers involved with recruiting can be a bit confusing if you’re not someone that follows it closely. Each year, programs across the country are all trying to reach that magic number of 85 scholarships, which is the NCAA’s limit for scholarships in Division I football.
So with the 10 seniors leaving the program after the Rose Bowl, three players in Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones and Mike Weber headed for the NFL Draft with others possibly on the way and 14 new signees, where do the Buckeyes stand? Some simple math will tell you that.
Class of 2019 still has needs
Overall, it was a very good early signing period for Ohio State, but there are definitely areas it will need to address before the February signing period arrives in six weeks. Three positions, specifically, stand out as needing attention: quarterback, defensive back and offensive line.
Obviously, the name that has been lighting up social media and the college football world as of late has been future Georgia transfer Justin Fields, but there are still a number of other options Ohio State could work with at the position that are still unsigned. Doug Nester, the first commitment in the Class of 2019, also remains the lone unsigned commitment for Ohio State and the Buckeyes lost four-star defensive back Jordan Battle to Alabama Wednesday.
So, where do the Buckeyes go from here at those positions?
Hoops heading to the Windy City
Riding four-straight wins, Ohio State men’s basketball is heading to Chicago this weekend to take on UCLA in the CBS Sports Classic at the United Center. The Buckeyes are looking to start the season 11-1, while UCLA is hoping to bounce back from back-to-back losses against Belmont and Cincinnati.
The game will be televised on CBS and tips off at 3 p.m. ET.
- Ohio State basketball vs. UCLA: 1 day
- Rose Bowl: 11 days
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