Rating Details: With a 25-member class that was its largest since 2002, Ohio State finished the 2009 recruiting cycle ranked No. 1 in the country by Scout.com. The Buckeyes outpaced Alabama and LSU for the title thanks to an average star rating of 3.80. The only other conference schools to place in the top 30 were Penn State (11) and Michigan (14).
The Big Gets: The Buckeyes wrapped up the class with seven members of the Scout 100. That included Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway linebacker Dorian Bell; Garfield Heights, Ohio, defensive end Melvin Fellows; Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney defensive tackle John Simon; Cleveland Glenville offensive lineman Marcus Hall; Miami Palmetto running back Jaamal Berry; Monroeville Gateway defensive back Corey Brown; and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Duron Carter. Bell, Fellows and Simon were five-star prospects.
The Story: The size of the class, which had already swelled to 25 by Sept. 1, 2008, threatened the comfort level of recruiting coordinator John Peterson. The Cleveland Glenville pipeline to Columbus continued in fine fashion, as defensive end Jonathan Newsome pledged to the Buckeyes and Hall followed him just two days before pen met paper. Hall and Berry were late pledges to the Buckeyes to top off the class, as was three-star quarterback Kenneth Guiton, the nation's No. 53 signal caller who only pledged after the Buckeyes missed out on other prospects.
How They Did: This class hit a ton of attrition, as a full 10 members never got to Senior Day at Ohio State including Bell and Fellows (injury). But there was a fair share of hits, as well, including Simon, who finished his career as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 2012; Jack Mewhort, a four-star lineman from Toledo who was a senior captain in 2013; C.J. Barnett, a multiyear starter from Clayton Northmont at safety; Jordan Hall, a Jeannette, Pa., native who chipped in at key times; Youngstown Boardman offensive lineman Corey Linsley, a two-year starter at center; Zach Boren, a fullback-turned-linebacker from Pickerington (Ohio) Central whose move to the defensive side spurred the undefeated 2012 campaign; Reid Fragel, who moved from tight end to right tackle for his senior year of 2012; Carlos Hyde, the dominant running back who spurred on the offense in 2013; and Hall, who started for two years at right guard and left OSU under memorable circumstances.
Four-Year Record: Using the four-year record is tough for this crew because so many were key parts of the 2013 team, so we'll give both. The four-year mark was 41-10 while the five-year mark was 53-12, and there were plenty of memorable campaigns included. As freshmen, the group watched OSU win the Rose Bowl vs. Oregon and 2010 brought another Big Ten title and Sugar Bowl win, but the Tatgate scandal cost the Buckeyes the records from that season as well as head coach Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes then went 6-7 in 2011 but bounced back under Urban Meyer in 2012 and '13 with 24 straight wins at one point. Members of the 2009 class were clear emotional leaders for each team, helping overwhelm any negativity from the attrition that hit the class.