Buckeye Recruiting 2015 By the Numbers

Outside of Ohio, what state has Urban Meyer gone to the most for future Buckeyes? How many linemen has he signed versus skill players? We answer those questions and more.

Ohio State finished No. 1 in the Big Ten in recruiting for the fifth straight year and the seventh out of eight.

Joey Burrow is the first offensive or defensive player from Southeast Ohio to sign with Ohio State since 2008 and only the fourth at any position in the past 16 years, joining Drew Basil, Nathan Williams and Ben Hartsock.

With three signees from Florida, Meyer doubled his total of players from the Sunshine State in his first three Ohio State classes. The six signees from Florida are the most from any state other than Ohio.

Joshua Norwood is the fifth player from Georgia to sign since Meyer became Ohio State head coach. That is the No. 2 state behind Florida in terms of out-of-state recruits in that time. Ohio State has signed a player from Georgia in five of the last six years, beginning with Bradley Roby of Suwanee Peachtree Ridge.

Ohio State signed six offensive linemen this week, the most on one signing day for Ohio State since at least 1988. Sixteen offensive linemen have verbally committed to Ohio State and signed with the Buckeyes since Meyer became head coach of the Buckeyes.

Ohio State signed six of Ohio's top 10 prospects. After sweeping the top six players in Ohio last year, Ohio State got only half of that group in 2015, including missing two of the top three. While securing a signature from Cincinnati St. Xavier linebacker Justin Hilliard, Ohio State lost No. 2 prospect Hubbard running back L.J. Scott to Michigan State and No. 3 Lakewood St. Edward cornerback Shaun Crawford to Notre Dame.

The in-state signees are the most for Ohio State since 2012, when 15 Ohioans were part of a class that was a combination of players recruited by Urban Meyer, Jim Tressel and Luke Fickell. In Tressel's 10 full-year classes, the average number of in-state recruits was 12.4.

Ohio State signed players from 13 different states, including offensive lineman Grant Schmidt, the program's first player from South Dakota.

The 15 out-of-state signees represent a new high for Ohio State over the past 31 years, the span of time covered in our BSB recruiting database. The Buckeyes have set a new high three consecutive signing days, going from 13 in 2013 to 14 last year.

Since Meyer became head coach, his 17 defensive line recruits (not counting players who committed before he was hired) are the most of any position. Offensive line is second at 16 followed by defensive back (15) and wide receiver (nine).

Ohio State has signed 18 players from Northeast Ohio over the last three years, most among the state's regions. Central Ohio is second with seven while Southwest Ohio has had six players. One apiece have come from the southeast and northwest.

Meyer has gotten signatures from players from 22 different states since becoming head coach of the Buckeyes. This year along with South Dakota he added Minnesota, Maryland and Arkansas to the list.

The 27-member class is Ohio State's largest since 1986, when head coach Earle Bruce brought in 28 players. At least one expert rated the class among the top five in the country, and the headliners included Middletown offensive lineman John Peterson, Cincinnati St. Xavier quarterback Greg Frey, Westerville North offensive lineman Jeff Davidson and Youngstown Cardinal Mooney safety Mark "Bo" Pelini. Urban Meyer was a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes that year.

For the first time since 2001, Ohio State did not sign a player from Cleveland Glenville.

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