Wednesday marked the beginning of the first year of the early signing period in college football. Going into the day, Ohio State possessed the number one class in the recruiting world. A roller coaster of a day ended well for the Buckeyes, but enough damage may have been done to take away their top ranked class.
First, a look at the 21 players who signed to attend The Ohio State University in 2018. Listed in chronological order by signing:
- Taron Vincent (5* defensive tackle)
- Teradja Mitchell (4* linebacker)
- Dallas Gant (4* linebacker)
- K’Vaughan Pope (4* linebacker)
- Jaelen Gill (5* running back)
- Brian Snead (4* running back)
- Marcus Hooker (3* cornerback)
- Tyreke Johnson (4* safety)
- Blue Smith (4* wide receiver)
- Max Wray (4* offensive tackle)
- Matthew Baldwin (3* quarterback)
- Master Teague (4* running back)
- Jeremy Ruckert (4* tight end)
- Sevyn Banks (4* cornerback)
- Kamryn Babb (4* wide receiver)
- Josh Proctor (4* safety)
- Tommy Togiai (4* defensive tackle)
- Antwuan Jackson (4* defensive tackle)
- Alex Williams (3* defensive end)
- Matt Jones (4* offensive guard)
- Cameron Brown (4* wide receiver)
The biggest stories going into the day were Jackson Carman, Emory Jones, and Jaiden Woodbey. Ohio State fans thought that they had a good shot at Carman, considering that he is the top ranked player in the state of Ohio. Nonetheless, Carman chose to take his talents to South Carolina to play for Clemson. Emory Jones committed to Florida, which was not a surprised. Jaiden Woodbey, committed to Ohio State up until tonight, flipped to Florida State late Wednesday night. While the Buckeyes certainly have pulled in an incredible recruiting class, missing on many of their top targets gives it a bittersweet taste.
What the future looks like
There is nothing, and I mean nothing, that I am more excited for than the future of Zone 6. In this class alone, the Buckeyes pulled in three four-star wide receivers. You have the speedy Cameron Brown with decent size, Kamryn Babb who is balanced in his speed and size, and the 6-6 Blue Smith who will be a force to reckon with. This receiving core is going to be awfully fun to watch.
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