Ohio State Signing Day 2014: By The Numbers

Urban Meyer unveiled his third Ohio State recruiting class yesterday, and we looked through it to find the trends that emerged. How many states are represented? How many might player early? We look at those questions and more.

Ohio State topped the Big Ten in the recruiting rankings for the fourth straight year.

Three of the newest Buckeyes were part of OHSAA state championship teams last fall – Dante Booker and Parris Campbell of Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary and Sam Hubbard of Cincinnati Moeller.

The four linebackers Ohio State signed – Booker, Hubbard, Kyle Berger and Raekwon McMillan – all ranked in the top five at their position. Hubbard, Berger and Booker ranked 2-4, respectively, at OLB while McMillan is the No. 5 MLB.

Ohio State's class ranks fifth in the nation behind No. 1 Alabama, LSU, Florida State and Tennessee. This marks the third straight top five class for the Buckeyes after they ranked No. 6 in 2011 and 20th in 2010. They were first in 2009 and fourth in 2008.

Ohio State signed the top six prospects in Ohio – No. 1 Hubbard, No. 2 Erick Smith, No. 3 Marshon Lattimore, No. 4 Berger, No. 5 Booker and No. 6 Campbell.

Ohio State's 10 top 100 players tied Alabama for the most in the nation and represent almost 59 percent of the total top 100 players signed by Big Ten schools. That includes newcomers Maryland and Rutgers.

Through the course of his press conference on signing day, Meyer mentioned 10 players he wants to see push for playing time right away or who have at least a chance to crack the depth chart – linebackers Berger, Booker, Hubbard, McMillan, defensive backs Smith, Lattimore and Damon Webb and offensive linemen Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox and Brady Taylor.

Since Urban Meyer was introduced as the new head coach of the Buckeyes at the end November 2011, he has recruited more defensive linemen (12) than any other position. That includes three this year in Jalyn Holmes, Darius Slade and Dylan Thompson.

Meyer said 16 scholarship offensive linemen is the ideal number. After signing four this year, Ohio State is scheduled to have 14 or 15 depending on which side of the ball Chase Farris plays this fall. Meyer has signed 10 linemen since being introduced as OSU head coach.

In the Meyer era, Ohio State has signed players from 18 states, including 12 this year. Texas and Georgia are tied for the most with four apiece while Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey and Florida have all produced three future Buckeyes. (Excluding players who signed in 2012 but committed before Meyer officially was hired.)

34 of the 58 players to commit or recommit and sign with Ohio State since Meyer was named head coach have been from out of state. That is 58.6 percent.

Per the release handed out by Ohio State, the biggest member of the 2014 recruiting class is Marcelys Jones. The Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman is listed at 6-4, 340. The smallest member of the class (per Ohio State) is cornerback Damon Webb at 5-11, 180, an inch shorter and the same weight as safety Marshon Lattimore of Glenville.

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