2007 Recruiting Class Grade: B

Ohio State's 2007 recruiting class only numbered 15 members, but Jim Tressel once again added future starters and key reserves to an already stacked roster.

In what was looked at as a filler class with only 15 members, Jim Tressel maximized his bang for the buck by adding seven milti-year starters and a few key reserves in 2007.

The class was ranked at number-16 in the country, but was bolstered by an average star rating of 3.73.

FIVE-STAR PROSPECTS:

Eugene Clifford. Colerain. Safety. Arguably the most talented member of the class, the number-two ranked safety had personal issues from the get-go at Ohio State and never made an impact on the field. Left the program after a few years.

FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS:

Nate Oliver. Lakewood St. Edward. Safety. The number-11 ranked safety in the country was the classic tweener, in not big enough for linebacker and not athletic enough for safety. He contributed on special teams and was a great program player.

Brandon Saine. Piqua. Runningback. It ended up being a good, but not great, career at Ohio State for the nation's number-11 runningback. He started several games and contributed off the bench, doing whatever the coaching staff asked of him.

Dane Sanzenbacher. Toledo Central Catholic. Wide receiver. Came in as the number-58 ranked wideout in the country, and more than lived up to the four-star rating. Had an excellent career as a multi-year starter and dependable possession receiver for the Buckeyes.

Dan Herron. Warren Harding. Runningback. Left Ohio State after several successful seasons and more than exceeded his ranking as the number-27 runningback in the country.

Taurian Washington. St. Mary (MI). Wide receiver. Definitely had major skills, but inconsistency catching the football cost him regular playing time. Ranked as the number-40 wide receiver in the country.

Devon Torrence. Canton South. Safety. Never played safety at Ohio State, but spent one year at wide receiver before moving to cornerback and starting for two seasons. Was always willing to do what was asked by the coaching staff.

Brian Rolle. Immokalee (FL). Linebacker. Was yet another multi-year starter for the Buckeyes, after making his mark on special teams as a freshman. Came in as the number-six weak-side linebacker in America, and lived up to that rating.

James Scott. Seabreeze (FL). Cornerback. The number-12 ranked cornerback in the country fell into the doghouse early in his career and never made any mark in the program. Left after a short stint with Ohio State.

Jermale Hines. Glenville. Linebacker. Made the transition from high school linebacker to safety successfully, and became a multi-year starter at Ohio State. Ranked as the number-16 strong-side linebacker in the country.

Cameron Heyward. Suwanee (GA). Defensive tackle. Might have been the most productive member of the 2007 recruiting class, starting several years on the defensive line. Came in as the number-20 defensive tackle in America, and more than lived up to that billing.

THREE-STAR PROSPECTS:

Donnie Evege. Huber Heights Wayne. Cornerback. Made his mark as an excellent special teams player, and was another great program guy for Ohio State. Ranked as the number-59 cornerback in the country.

Evan Blankenship. Monaca (PA). Guard. Was the only offensive line commit for 2007, and started the ball rolling in the message board community against line coach Jim Bollman. Ranked as the number-50 guard in the nation and never saw the field much during his career.

Solomon Thomas. Lakota West. Defensive end. Came in as the number-43 defensive end in America, and only made one play Buckeye fans will remember, but it was a beauty. Picked off Ryan Mallett in the waning seconds of Ohio State's Sugar Bowl win over Arkansas.

TWO-STAR PROSPECTS:

Rocco Pentello. Westerville South. Safety. Came in as an unranked recruit and transferred after a few years in the program. Career highlight was running the Wishbone in the fall jersey scrimmage in preparation for Navy, and scoring a touchdown.

CLASS OVERVIEW: I would say Jim Tressel got exactly what he was looking for out of the 2007 recruiting class, which was looked at as a stop-gap class because of low numbers. They ended up with a lot of plug-and-play contributors.


Buckeye Sports Top Stories