Every day, something seems to change in the world of college football recruiting. Ohio State certainly isn’t exempt from the tumult that can make or break a recruiting class, but for the most part, the Buckeyes have been able to maintain their spot atop the Big Ten’s recruiting rankings.
Every year since Urban Meyer’s arrival, Ohio State has finished with the conference’s top-ranked recruiting class and it once again finds itself in the pole position in 2019.
What players would ensure another first-place finish? There are dozens of prospects still getting major attention from Ohio State, so as we try to pare down the list to just a few key names, we have to acknowledge that things — as always — can change.
Here’s the Lettermen Row 10 most wanted for the Buckeyes class of 2019, as of Aug. 12, 2018.
No surprise here, Zach Harrison, the 5-star defensive end from Olentangy (Ohio) Orange High School is the most important recruit on the board for Ohio State in 2019.
The Buckeyes are fighting off Michigan and Penn State to land him. A decision will come whenever Harrison has made up his mind, and he’s already made an official visit to all three of his top schools.
Ohio State has been at the top of the list for Jameson Williams for months but the recent termination of wide receivers coach Zach Smith may have helped open a door for Oregon, Nebraska and Alabama.
Williams took an official visit to Ohio State in June. There are no current plans for a return to Columbus. He’s the Buckeyes top remaining target at wide receiver.
The Buckeyes are searching far and wide for another offensive tackle and the country’s No. 1-ranked player at that position is Wright, who has visited Ohio State regularly for the last two years.
Alabama and Tennessee are the main competition for Ohio State, and right now the Buckeyes are probably slightly trailing that pair.
He has an official visit to Ohio State remaining, if he chooses to take it.
As with Darnell Wright, there’s a need for another offensive tackle and Walter Rouse is one of the country’s fastest-rising prospects at the position.
He made his first visit to Ohio State at the end of July and now the Buckeyes are hoping to earn a return visit — of the official visit variety — in order to try and overtake Stanford, Notre Dame and a host of other schools that are heavily involved.
When Ohio State decided to move on from wide receivers coach Zach Smith, the “board” at the position was turned upside down a bit and Wandale Robinson is one player that’s become more of a priority because of it.
Alabama and Michigan are probably ahead of the Buckeyes, but new receivers coach Brian Hartline has helped Ohio State make a big push in recent weeks. Now they just need to get him on campus for an official visit this September before a decision is made at the end of that month.
Ohio State would like to land a defensive tackle or two in 2019 and Faatui Tuitele is one of the best around. He’s the No. 3-ranked prospect at the position and though Alabama and USC are considered the favorites, he did make an April visit to Columbus and there remains conversation about a return this fall.
Larry Johnson’s history as a recruiter and a coach will keep this door open.
Ohio State wants another cornerback in 2019 and few have been targeted as hard or as consistently as Kairr Elam throughout the process.
Urban Meyer’s relationships with his family — Meyer recruited his uncle Matt to Florida — are key in this race and Elam has plans to make an official visit this fall.
Though he’s backed off a planned decision date in August as he considers his recent offer from Oklahoma, Peyton Powell has been a top target for the Buckeyes over the past few months.
A quarterback at legendary Permian High School in Odessa, Texas, Powell is being recruited by the Buckeyes as a cornerback.
A new decision date is planned for late September.
The Buckeyes could’ve had a commitment from Ellies in late July had they decided to accept it, but now — thanks to recent offers from Florida and Penn State — the waters are a bit muddied in this race.
The Maryland native doesn’t have the recruiting accolades, but the country’s No. 27-ranked defensive tackle has big offers and more are going to come his way as he enters his senior season.
It’s not likely that Ohio State decides to take a second running back in 2019, but if they do, you’d be hard-pressed to find one more worth chasing than the IMG Academy’s Trey Sanders.
The nation’s top-ranked running back is strongly considered Alabama, Texas, LSU and a host of others, but running backs coach Tony Alford has kept Sanders close. Could this be an Urban Meyer special?