Not only that but Ohio State has already secured eight commitments in the 2017 class, all in the initial Scout 300 for that cycle.
Scout's Derek Young and Bill Greene answer some questions regarding Ohio State's recruiting efforts, including the historical relevance, what it can compare to, the strongest position group, remaining needs, and what to expect for the rest of the 2016 period, especially Friday Night Lights.
HOW SPECIAL IS THIS OHIO STATE CLASS?
"They are ranked number one right now, and in terms of average star ranking, it will be close to four which is amazing. It might be tough to hold the number one spot because of quantity. For me, it comes down to if you're getting the kids you want. Ohio State is. I thought they took some second choices last year. They're not this year. Every kid is a monster. Every kid is among the best at his position in the country." - Bill Greene
"They are on their way to filling every need in the class and then some. The guys they have aren't just spot-fillers, though. They have brought in a stud at every position. They have so few misses on guys they really wanted, that it's amazing to think about. It might not finish number one, but it'll be everything they need plus more." - Derek Young
WHAT WOULD YOU COMPARE THE RUN OHIO STATE IS ON TO?
"I almost look at it as a two-year thing. I would group the 2016 and 2017 classes together. Their 2017 class would be ranked higher than some good 2016 classes. It's unbelievable. I've never seen Ohio State produce anything like this in back-to-back years. It's amazing what they're doing. They're also filling needs.
I'd compare it to what Nick Saban has done at Alabama the last five to six years where he got everyone he wanted. It would rival what Pete Carroll did at USC as well." - Bill Greene
"When you consider what they have compiled in the last few classes, this one, and already in 2017, they're finishing in the top five in the country nearly every time. That's only been done a few times since recruiting became such a fad, and that would be the primes of USC, Florida State, and Alabama. Almost every class is consisting of 50 percent Scout 300 prospects, and 80 percent four-star prospects or better." - Derek Young
WHAT POSITION GROUP STANDS OUT ABOVE THE REST?
"For me it is the defensive linemen. They've had to turn away stars like Auston Robertson and Josh King. Those are sensational players that they would have taken last year. They have monsters in Jonathon Cooper, Terrell Hall, Nick Bosa, and a nice defensive tackle in Malik Barrow." - Bill Greene
"The defensive line class in 2016 is obviously in a league of its own. Looking at it from a different angle, they could land a special defensive back crop in 2016 when its all said and done, in addition to a spectacular class at the position in 2017. They're also getting one of their top options at quarterback in every class." - Derek Young
WHAT DO THEY STILL NEED TO FINISH THE CLASS?
"I think they still need a big, massive run-stuffing defensive tackle. I'm not sure if Malik Barrow fits that role. They need a true defensive tackle and they may get him in Antwuan Jackson. I think they're in a good spot for him.
They're looking for two to three more defensive backs as well. I think they get Andrew Pryts. They have a great shot at Damar Hamlin, but you're always weary of the kids from Pittsburgh. Jaylon Jones had a great visit with his father, and an official visit could put the Buckeyes in a good spot. They may not even need him at that point.
They'd like another wide receiver but they will be fine either way. I don't think they take Ahmir Mitchell unless he forces his way into the class with a sensational performance at Friday Night Lights. He'd probably commit on the spot if offered, but if not, he'll likely commit to Michigan the next day. The longer Donnie Corley goes without committing to Michigan State, the less of a lock to the Spartans I think he is. He's going to visit Ohio State and Michigan again.
Landing Binjimen Victor is possible, but not probable. I think they have no shot at Nate Craig-Myers. They want one more at this position, but he has to be a stud." - Bill Greene
"Bill obviously laid it out perfectly. I think they finish up with Antwuan Jackson at defensive tackle, and then Andrew Pryts and Damar Hamlin in the secondary, filling those areas of need. They'd like one more receiver, but I don't feel optimistic about their chances with Corley, Craig-Myers, or Victor." - Derek Young
WHAT SHOULD EVERYONE WATCH FOR AT FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS?
"For me, I will be curious to see what happens with Antwuan Jackson. That's a long way to travel on two different occasions on your own dime. It'll be interesting to see how Ahmir Mitchell does. Luke Farrell will be there. I think he is in, but I don't know if it happens on Friday. Andrew Pryts will be there and that's another situation to watch closely." - Bill Greene
"I'm not sure how quickly it will happen, but I think Friday Night Lights will lock up Antwuan Jackson and Andrew Pryts for Ohio State. I think Luke Farrell is already locked up." - Derek Young
IS THERE ANYTHING WORTH WATCHING IN THE 2017 CLASS IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
"I think they might want to move a little slower now that they already have eight commits in the class. Trevon Grimes is going to jump in sometime. It's just impossible to know when, much like Nick Bosa." - Bill Greene
"They'll eventually land Trevon Grimes, and another commitment that could happen in the near future for Ohio State would be safety Isaiah Pryor of Georgia." - Derek Young