2016 Ohio State Football Recruiting Class: Another year, another amazing recruiting class for the Buckeyes to keep them among the national superpowers for a long time to come.
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Ohio State Football Recruiting Class Overview
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Jim Harbaugh and Michigan made a ton of noise thanks to all the theatrics and all the big moves, but Ohio State did its part. It was just another typical top five overall recruiting class getting just about everyone Urban Meyer really, really wanted to pick up. With more four-star talents than anyone in the Big Ten, it made up for the absence of too many elite of the elite superstar, top 100 talents – at least compared to some of the other elite programs.
The Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive ends. The Buckeyes got their normal share of next-level talents across the board, but the standouts are on the defensive front starting with Nick Bosa – Joey’s brother – and continuing with Jonathon Cooper and Malik Barrow. This wasn’t a defensive tackle-heavy class – the Buckeyes went after the pass rushers with this crew. The receivers – Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor – aren’t bad, either.
The Star of the Class Is …
DE Nick Bosa, 6-3, 265 – It’s not a bad thing when your older brother is about to become a top NFL draft pick and you have similar skills. Nick might not be quite the athlete that Joey is, but he has the ready-made size, the power, and the pass rushing motor to become another superstar. All the typical big teams made their push including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, and just about anyone else you want to name, but Bosa ended the drama early on in the process – he was a Buckeye from the start.
The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …
The defensive line. There’s enough talent to help fill in the gaps in the receiving corps and on the offensive line, and there are always all-star prospects waiting in the wings, but even for Ohio State the loss of Joey Bosa hurts, along with tackles Tommy Schutt and Joel Hale. Everything will be more than fine, but it might take a little bit to come together, especially with the loss of Joshua Perry from the linebacking corps.
2016 Ohio State Football Recruiting Class
Malik Barrow DL 6-3 287 Tampa, Fla. / Catholic & IMG Academy
Tuf Borland LB 6-1 228 Bolingbrook, Ill. / Bollingbrook
Nick Bosa DL 6-4 265 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / IMG Academy
Rodjay Burns DB 6-1 180 Louisville, Ky. / Trinity
Drue Chrisman P 6-3 190 Cincinnati, Ohio / LaSalle
Jonathon Cooper DE 6-3 224 Gahanna, Ohio / Lincoln
Gavin Cupp OL 6-5 295 Leipsic, Ohio / Leipsic
Wayne Davis DB 5-11 187 Norfolk, Va. / Lake Taylor
Luke Farrell TE 6-6 240 Perry, Ohio / Perry
Kareem Felder DB 5-10 165 Baltimore, Md. / St. Frances Academy
Jordan Fuller DB 6-2 200 Old Tappan, N.J. / Old Tappan
Tyler Gerald- OL 6-5 348 Portsmouth, Ohio / East & IMG Academy
Malik Harrison ATH 6-4 215 Columbus, Ohio / Walnut Ridge
Dwayne Haskins QB 6-3 204 Potomac, Md. / The Bullis School
Jake Hausmann TE 6-5 240 Cincinnati, Ohio / Archbishop Moeller
Kierre Hawkins TE 6-4 225 Maple Heights, Ohio / Senior
Keandre Jones LB 6-3 205 Olney, Md. / Good Counsel
Michael Jordan OL 6-7 316 Canton, Mich. / Plymouth
Austin Mack WR 6-2 210 Fort Wayne, Ind. / Bishop Luers
DeMario McCall RB/WR 5-11 180 North Ridgeville, Ohio / North Ridgeville
Malcolm Pridgeon OL 6-8 325 Central Islip, N.Y. / Nassau C.C.
Binjimen Victor WR 6-4 173 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Coconut Creek
Antonio Williams RB 5-11 215 New London, N.C. / North Stanly
Jahsen Wint S 5-11 186 Brooklyn, N.Y. / Erasmus Hall
Jack Wohlabaugh OL 6-4 285 Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit