OSU's No. 1 Classes: 2013

Our look at Ohio State's national recruiting champions over the past 30 years concludes with a group from the Urban Meyer era. The Buckeyes were Scout's top team in the 2013 class, and the group has spurred the program's recent success.


Rating Details: Ohio State had a nip-and-tuck battle with Michigan to the end but the commitment of five-star safety Vonn Bell helped push the Buckeyes over the top as OSU's class edged the Wolverines' by nine points. OSU also had a star rating of 4.04 in the class, while UCLA, Alabama and Notre Dame finished the top five.

The Big Gets: Ohio State brought in four five-star prospects, tied with Michigan for most in the nation, a group that included Bell of Rossville (Ga.) Ridgeland, Texas linebacker Mike Mitchell, Florida defensive end Joey Bosa and Middletown, Ohio, athlete Jalin Marshall. Missouri running back Ezekiel Elliott, Texas running back Dontre Wilson, California tight end Marcus Baugh and Centerville, Ohio, tackle Evan Lisle were also top 100 choices.

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The Story: A full 19 of 24 prospects were Scout 300 choices, and the Buckeyes went all over the country to put together the class, hauling in 11 Ohioans to go with three Texans and six players from the southeast. Urban Meyer also survived some late drama in reeling in the impressive class. The second-year coach landed a pair of signing day pledges in Bell and New Smyrna Beach, Fla., four-star wide receiver James Clark. On top of that, he also earned the services of a trio of stars whose commitments were far from firm. Wilson, Elliott and Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett four-star linebacker Trey Johnson all headed to Columbus on a wild signing day for the Buckeyes.

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How They Did: Nine players were part- or full-time starters for the Buckeyes on the most recent team that won the national championship and many were impact players including Texas quarterback J.T. Barrett (Big Ten record 45 TDs, fifth in Heisman voting); Elliott (1,878 rushing yards, second in OSU history); Bell (team-high six interceptions, 92 tackles); Bosa (13.5 sacks, second in school history); and four-star linebacker Darron Lee of New Albany, Ohio, who burst onto the scene as a redshirt freshman with 81 tackles, 16.5 TFL, 7.5 sacks, two interceptions and two fumble return TDs. That list doesn't include Scout freshman All-Americans Billy Price (starting left guard) and corner Eli Apple (starting corner) plus contributors like Corey Smith, Dontre Wilson, Christopher Worley and Cameron Burrows, just to name a few. This class could go down as one of the best in OSU history -- Bill Greene already has it as the best OSU class of the Scout era -- and the sky is truly the limit for this group.

Two-Year Record: How about a 26-3 record not to mention Big Ten, Sugar Bowl and College Football Playoff championships this season? This group was stocked with talent but has already in many ways become the face of Meyer's OSU program. Time will tell exactly how things turn out as many members of the class could leave early, but there are still some talented youngsters who could help the team for years to come. This truly could be one of the most defining recruiting classes in college football history if it stays on its current track.

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