The 2018 Ohio State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 7
Ohio State Recruiting Class Overview
Another year, another special haul of new NFL talents migrating to Columbus.
There might have been a few misfires – losing QB Emory Jones to Florida stings a wee bit – but that’s like criticizing Rihanna for dancing too fast at the Grammy’s.
The receivers are amazing, with 6-5 Blue Smith and St. Louis native Kamryn Babb future stars who might be too good to keep off the field right away.
More elite running backs are coming in, Tyreke Johnson leads an amazing group of defensive backs, and Teradja Mitchell is destined to be the next great Buckeye linebacker. However …
The Ohio State Class Is Heavy On (so far) …
As if the Buckeyes needed more talent for the defensive front, in comes Tyler Friday and Tyreke Smith in the next wave of NFL-caliber pass rushers, and going national to get Aaron Vincent (Florida), Tommy Togial (Idaho) and Antwuan Jackson (Texas) for the interior.
With the three great-looking linebackers coming in, Urban Meyer cranked up another phenomenal defensive front seven for the near-future.
The Star of the Ohio State Class Is …
LB TEradja Mitchell, 6-3, 232
A case could be made for defensive back Tyreke Johnson as the star of the show, and Smith and Friday on the ends are special, but Mitchell was the great get early on to set the tone for the rest of the class.
Smart enough be wanted badly by Stanford, talented enough to be given the full-court press by Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, and all of the other big boys, the Virginia native was all in on Ohio Stat. It was over after he visited. With his range, size, and hitting ability, this will someday be his Buckeye defense.
The Ohio State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
It’s not that bad a situation, but other than a sure-thing starting quarterback, there isn’t any one area of massive concern for another fantastic Buckeye team that’ll be front and center in the race for another Big Ten title.
Jerome Baker left early after leading the team with 62 tackles, and Chris Worley is done, too, after coming up with a big year in the middle. Mitchell has the body type to be ready right away, but Dallas Gant and K’Vaughn Pope could use a little time in the weight room.