In Scout.com's newly unveiled team rankings for the class of 2016, Ohio State is fifth overall but No. 1 in star average. The Buckeyes don't have the numbers to compete with current No. 1 Miami (Fla.), which has amassed a stunning 19 commitments with more than 10 months to go in the recruiting cycle. But with six four-stars and one five-star, the Buckeyes are sitting pretty with an average star rating of 4.14.
The Hurricanes are followed by Florida State, Mississippi, LSU and Ohio State in the top five. Ohio State has the least commits (seven) of any top five team.
“I can see it being the No. 1 class for 2016,” Scout.com recruiting analyst Bill Greene said on BuckeyeSports.com's Buckeye Beat podcast on March 20. “At worst, it’s a top five class. This is going to be an amazing class. They’re walking away from kids now that a year ago you would have killed to get.”
The Buckeyes have been buoyed by a top-heavy in-state class that has included several early commitments. Not having to work so hard in Ohio has also allowed the coaching staff to spend more time chasing premium prospects around the country.
"With the 2016 group, they targeted them early, offered them early, got in on them early, loved them up early and you’re seeing the fruits of that now," Greene said. "Jake Hausmann committed, Jonathon Cooper, Kierre Hawkins, George Hill, Tyler Gerald – although he’s not playing in Ohio right now, Tyler Gerald is an Ohio kid that they targeted early. They did a good job. That’s the main difference – they really targeted the Ohio kids early, got the offers out, got the relationships established and then went chasing national kids where you can get Kareem Walker and Terrell Hall out of the East.”