How did all of the Big Ten teams do this recruiting season? Here are the rankings after National Signing Day, along with the stars, and three other things that matter.
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5. Ohio State’s weird class
The 2002 Ohio State recruiting class was fantastic.
As you’d expect, it was good enough to be among the best in college football, and it was big. Without a ton of scholarships to give up, the 2003 class – despite things rocking and rolling under Jim Tressel – was stunningly weak, to the point of being among the bottom half of the Big Ten.
And then came 2004, and everything was back to normal.
Tressel went through all of his issues after the 2010 season, leading to the coaching change to Luke Fickell in 2011, and then the move to Urban Meyer in 2012. Did the recruiting take a step back? Not a chance.
Thoughts & Analysis On Every Big Ten Recruiting Class
East Indiana | Maryland | Michigan | Michigan State
Ohio State | Penn State | Rutgers
West Illinois | Iowa | Minnesota | Nebraska
Northwestern | Purdue | Wisconsin
The 2011 class was among the best in the country, the 2012 version was even better, and the machine ramped up to a whole other level as Meyer did his thing.
The point? Coaching changes haven’t meant much to recruiting at OSU. The program brings in the talent no matter what. Which makes this season’s yawner a class a tad puzzling.
Granted, getting Justin Fields from Georgia was better than landing any prep player coming into the college football world this year, but overall, this is a mediocre haul of talent.
Is there ever a blip at Alabama? How about at Georgia now? Or even USC or Oklahoma? Nah. But Ohio State’s 2019 class is barely top 20-worthy, and it’s well behind Michigan and Penn State.
To be fair, the 2018 class was a whopper with both quality and quantity. There weren’t a ton of scholarships to offer – Illinois was the only Big Ten team to sign fewer players – but the five-star types weren’t rolling in to make up for the lack of quantity.
Boo hoo – at least 100 other schools would dream of this class. And double boo hoo – Ryan Day and the Buckeyes are already putting together a whopper for 2020.
But for this year, it’s the minor step back the rest of the Big Ten has to somehow take advantage of.