2009 Recruiting Class Grade: B

Jim Tressel followed up on landing the Brew Crew by bringing in an even higher-ranked group in 2009, and the Buckeyes landed the number-one class in the country. Did this class meet those expectations.

While still basking in the glow of landing the Brew Crew, Jim Tressel and Ohio State didn't rest on their laurels, and went back out and landed an even higher rated class in 2009.

The 2009 Ohio State recruiting ended up at number-one in the country, and featured three 5-star and 14 4-star prospects. The class had an average star rating of 3.80 among 25 signees.

FIVE-STAR PROSPECTS:

John Simon. Cardinal Mooney. Defensive tackle. The number-five defensive tackle in the country had an amazing career at Ohio State, leaving as one of the school's all-time greats. The people that came to Ohio State from Florida compare Simon to Tim Tebow. There is no higher praise they can bestow on an individual.

Dorian Bell. Gateway (PA). Weak-side linebacker. The number two prospect in the country at his position, Bell had as much raw talent as any linebacker in the Tressel Era, but off-field issues doomed his career. He had size/speed/athleticism in droves.

Melvin Fellows. Garfield Heights. Defensive end. Injuries wrecked what could have been a great career for the nation's number-two defensive end. Fellows could have been a multi-year starter at Ohio State.

FOUR-STAR PROSPECTS:

Storm Klein. Licking Valley. Strong-side linebacker. Following a great career as a runningback, Klein entered Ohio State as the number-10 strong-side linebacker in the country. He got off to a strong start as a true freshman, but never reached the heights predicted for him. Started off and on throughout his career.

Jack Mewhort. St. John's. Offensive tackle. Following a redshirt year, the nation's number-10 offensive tackle has become a multi-year starter and excellent player on the offensive line.

C.J. Barnett. Northmont. Cornerback. Ranked as the number-14 cornerback in the country, Barnett has rebounded from a serious knee injury to be a multi-year starter at safety for Ohio State.

Jamie Wood. Pickerington Central. Safety. Injuries also wrecked the career of the nation's number-nine rated safety. Wood has continued to be a high-character person within the program and is very well-liked by his teammates.

Corey Linsley. Boardman. Guard. Rated as the number-eight guard in the country, Linsley stepped in at center for Michael Brewster and continued the strong play at the position. QA multi-year starter.

James Jackson. Grand Ledge (MI). Wide receiver. Never found his mark at Ohio State, and the nation's number-32 ranked wideout left the program after a few seasons.

Reid Fragel. Grosse Pointe (MI). Tight end. Moved to tight end as a senior by Urban Meyer, and his career flourished into an NFL draft pick. One wonders how the career could have gone playing tackle for five years, and taking a redshirt year. Came in as the nation's number-12 ranked tight end.

Dominic Clarke. Frederick (MD). Cornerback. Showed flashes when given the opportunity to play, but off-field issues contributed to the transfer of the nation's number-26 ranked cornerback.

Duron Carter. St. Thomas Aquinas (FLA). Wide receiver. Grade issues ended the promising career of the Ohio State legacy. Started as a true freshman on a team that beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, but the nation's number-10 ranked wideout never played in that game or ever again for Ohio State.

Carlos Hyde. Naples (FLA). Fullback. The number-one ranked fullback was forced to attend Fork Union Military Academy, and delayed his entry to Ohio State until the following season.

Corey Brown. Gateway (PA). Cornerback. A serious knee injury halted his progress at safety, but the nation's number-nine ranked cornerback is still a valuable contributor within the program. Has one year of eligibility remaining.

Jonathan Newsome. Glenville. Defensive end. Personal issues ended his career at Ohio State just as the number-27 ranked defensive end was starting to earn playing time at linebacker. Transferred to Ball State.

Jamaal Berry. Miami Palmetto. Runningback. Personal and grade issues also derailed the career of the nation's number-eight ranked runningback. Showed flashes before being shown the door by Meyer.

Marcus Hall. Glenville. Offensive tackle. After looking like a bust early in his career, Hall flourished under Meyer and will be a multi-year starter this season. Ranked as the number-five offensive line prospect in the country.

THREE-STAR PROSPECTS:

Jordan Whiting. Trinity (KY). Middle linebacker. Left the program after a few years and was never a contributor during his time at Ohio State. The nation's number-16 ranked middle linebacker.

Adam Homan. Coldwater. Fullback. Came in behind his older brother, Ross, but never played much at Ohio State. The nation's number-10 ranked fullback was one of the high character players in the program.

Chris Fields. Painesville Harvey. Wide receiver. The game-saving touchdown against Purdue is the highlight of an otherwise nondescript career at Ohio State. Ranked as the number-46 wideout in the country.

Jordan Hall. Jeanette (PA). Runningback. Has been a solid contributor throughout his Buckeye career, starting several games. Came in as the number-38 runningback prospect in the country, and far exceeded that rating at Ohio State.

Zach Boren. Pickerington Central. Middle linebacker. One of the greatest three-star pickups in the Tressel Era, and a player that made a huge impact in the Tressel offense as a fullback. Lost his role on offense with the Meyer spread, but helped key the undefeated season by playing linebacker and solidifying the defense.

Adam Bellamy. Aurora. Defensive tackle. Left the team just as he was becoming a very productive player for the Buckeyes. A high character individual who lost his desire to play football, Bellamy was the number-42 ranked defensive tackle.

Sam Longo. Bellbrook. Offensive tackle. Was buried on the depth chart and left Ohio State soon after arriving. Came in as the number-23 ranked offensive tackle in America.

Kenny Guiton. Houston Eisenhower. Quarterback. Nearly was forced to leave the program when Meyer first arrived, but ended up saving the season against Purdue filling in for Braxton Miller. Now a highly-regarded team leader. Came in to Ohio State as the number-53 ranked quarterback in the country.

CLASS OVERVIEW:

Another tough class to judge, but ten busts sort of overshadows the eight starters and seven contributors in this class.

The busts could have been multi-year starters for the most part and really hurt the depth on this team.

But, any class that produces the likes of Johnny Simon, Zach Boren, C.J. Barnett, Jordan Hall, Corey Linsley, Reid Fragel and Jack Mewhort cannot be rated lower than a B.


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