2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

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2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Ohio State Buckeyes Recruiting Class Overview

Obviously, Ohio State is always going to be at or near the top of any list of schools with the best recruiting class. Obviously, Urban Meyer and his staff were able to get more than their share of superstar prospects on a national scale to be the next NFL prospects up in the rotation, helped by guard Wyatt Davis out of California, LB Baron Browning out of Texas, QB Tate Martell out of Las Vegas, and DE Chase Young out of Maryland. And those are just the stars from outside of Ohio. It’s more of a defensive-leaning class, but that’s hardly a shock considering the last two Buckeye recruiting seasons focused a bit more on the offensive side. Overall, though, if you’re looking for strength in numbers from an NFL potential aspect, this is a tremendous recruiting season, even for Meyer.

The Ohio State Buckeyes Class Is Heavy On …

Defensive backs. Get ready for a theme here. Ohio State needs defensive backs, and Meyer and his staff more than got them with great talent after great talent. Jeffrey Okudah will eventually be the best of the lot at one corner spot, but Shaun Wade isn’t all that far behind – if at all – in upside and skills. For almost any other team, Marcus Williamson, Amir Riep and Isaiah Pryor would be hailed as signature stars. For Ohio State, they’re just more phenomenal prospects added to the mix. But early on, the best of the defensive back bunch should be …

The Star of the Ohio State Buckeyes Class Is …

CB Kendall Sheffield, 6-0, 180, Blinn College – Who better to help fill in the holes in a depleted secondary that a JUCO transfer with the upside and ability to be the next great Buckeye corner? Ohio State loaded up with talent after talent at several positions, but Sheffield could’ve been the most important get considering the mass exodus of defensive back stars to the NFL. The former Alabama recruit has special speed and silky smooth movement, with the ability to play almost anywhere in the secondary if needed.

The Ohio State Buckeyes Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Defensive back. The Buckeyes always have pro talent across the board, but they were loaded with NFL starters in the secondary last season. Malik Hooker, Gareon Conley and Marshon Lattimore are all first round draft picks who’ll need to be replaced, but it’s Ohio State. There are more where they came from. Early on, though, even with the great class coming in, this will be the one area that needs a ton of attention on another loaded team.

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