Already boasting a one of the top recruiting classes in the 2016 cycle (third in overall points, second in average star rating), Ohio State is well-positioned to keep its College Football Playoff championship momentum going in the class of 2017.
In Scout's newest '17 ratings released this week, the Buckeyes' six commits in the class are all in the Scout 300, and the Buckeyes are well positioned to garner commitments from some of the other top players in the nation.
Highlighting that list is the nation's No. 15 overall player and one of 15 new five-star prospects in the class, Miamisburg, Ohio, offensive lineman Josh Myers. The talents of the 6-5, 285-pound Buckeye commit are so strong that he's the top-rated player in the Midwest for the cycle.
"Myers is a really good all around athlete with size, intelligence and the right demeanor along with the physical tools to be an outstanding college lineman," Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu writes. "He's been a varsity starter since his freshman year and he impressed at The Opening Columbus in the spring. He just needs to keep getting bigger and stronger while keeping his athleticism. He also needs to continue to work on his pass protection but he is farther along there at this point than some may have expected him to be."
Next up is Shaun Wade, who is rated the No. 51 player in the nation and sixth overall corner. From Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian, Wade committed to Ohio State in January but is still being pursued by Stanford, though he said he was happy with his pledge when he visited Columbus for the spring game.
“(My favorite part) was how many people were at the spring game," he said. "I’ve been to a couple spring games and there wasn’t any other spring game that was like that, I know the fans showed a lot of support."
Ohio State's third commit in the Scout 100 for 2017 is a local prospect, Westerville South athlete Marcus Williamson. The nation's No. 11 cornerback and the top corner in the Midwest, the 5-10, 170-pound Williamson is an elite athlete rated 80th overall in the nation.
"Williamson is a good all around athlete who changes directions really well and has good closing speed," Trieu writes. "He has a knack for making plays, but he also is willing and able in run support. We'd like to see him go against some top level receivers and continue to get stronger."
The rest of the Buckeyes' 2017 commits check in among the top 300 prospects in the nation. Cocoa, Fla., athlete Bruce Judson pledged the day after OSU's national championship win and is a 5-10, 171-pounder listed as Scout's No. 15 athlete in the class. He will still take visits this summer and is expected at Friday Night Lights in July.
Checking in at No. 229 is Akron Hoban running back Todd Sibley. Long thought to be one of the top backs in Ohio, the 5-10, 202-pound Sibley pledged the day after OSU's spring game, and the No. 20 RB in the nation picked the Buckeyes over Michigan.
Sibley's new teammate, quarterback Danny Clark, is also in the Scout 300 with Scout's No. 242 rating. A Buckeye pledge since he bcame the first freshman ever to start at Massillon Washington, Clark is now rated the No. 22 quarterback in the nation with a chance to improve that in his new locale.
But the Buckeyes are far from done there. In fact, OSU could add another five-star prospect in the near future in Trevon Grimes, the No. 1 wideout in the nation in 2017 at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas.
To see Ohio State's total list of top 2017 prospects and where they fall in the newest Scout.com rankings click here.