WHERE DOES THE 2016 CLASS RANK? Currently, Ohio State holds the number-two spot with 16 commits and an average star ranking of 3.81. Of course, there is still a long way to go with this class, and they're expected to land even more highly rated recruits. How does this class compare with the past few seasons? Let's take a look:
THE 2012 CLASS: This was Urban Meyer's first class as he tried to salvage the "Three-Star Heaven" group he inherited. He finished in the number-three spot, averaging 3.76 per recruit. The class was led by five-star prospects Noah Spence, Tommy Schutt, Adolphus Washington and Brionte Dunn.
THE 2013 CLASS: Meyer's first full class was his best to date, and the Buckeye class finished in the top spot in America, averaging an amazing 4.04 per recruit. The class was headlined by five-star recruits Vonn Bell, Mike Mitchell, Joey Bosa and Jalin Marshall.
THE 2014 CLASS: This class was led by only one five-star (Sam Hubbard), but finished ranked at number-five, averaging 3.78 per recruit. The class also landed 16 highly-rated four-star prospects, including Raekwon McMillan, Curtis Samuel and Johnny Dixon.
THE 2015 CLASS: Last year's effort was the poorest yet, but still ended up ranked number-eight in the country, averaging 3.52 per recruit. Last year's group had no five-stars, but did sign 15 four-star recruits, including Torrance Gibson, Isaiah Prince and Mike Weber.
WHERE DOES THE 2016 CLASS END UP? Of course that's impossible to answer, but the Buckeyes are going to land five-star defensive end Nick Bosa at some point, which will give them a boost. They should add 2-3 more defensive backs, and everyone they're looking at is ranked at four-star or better. They are also in on several highly rated wide receivers, and landing one or two of those guys also jumps up the ranking. This class will challenge for the top spot in the country before all is said and done.
WHICH 2016 COMMITS MOVE UP? Another tough one to answer at this point in time, but three players stood out this summer as candidates to see a climb in the rankings. The most obvious is Jonathon Cooper, and he gets a shot at all the big boys next month in Oregon at The Opening. A jump from four to five is highly possible for the Gahanna Lincoln defensive end. Next up is Demario McCall, and he will also be showing his stuff in Oregon. It's tough for runningbacks to impress in that type of setting, but McCall will put up huge combine numbers, and be an impossible cover in space. He is in the mix for five-star status. Lastly, three-star center Jack Wohlabaugh impressed at Ohio State's camp last week. To go to the four-star level, he will need game film from the first couple weeks that matches what we saw last week.
QUICK LOOK AT 2017: There are no rankings yet for this class, but they're coming soon. It's tough to see this group not being ranked at, or near the top. They have six current commits, with one five-star (Josh Myers) and five four-stars. Look for Marcus Williamson to make a run at five-star status in the coming year. The Buckeyes are also in on several highly rated prospects, so the 2017 class should be a mirror image of the 2016 group, and challenge for the top spot in America.
Here is video of Cooper in action from The Opening Regional, recently held in Columbus: