With the 2017 Ohio State recruiting class, it's ALWAYS been about numbers more than talent, so rest assured once the numbers are figured out this is going to be another special group of recruits.
The Buckeyes have 13 commits right now, with seven targeted for the defensive side of the football. While the bulk of the remaining class will probably be on the opposite side of the ball, there is still much to watch on defense.
DEFENSIVE LINE: They have recruited a lot of defensive tackles the past few classes, and there are two pretty good ones committed for 2017 in Jerron Cage and Haskell Garrett. They are still chasing superstars like Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele, but I'm not seeing either of them signing with the Buckeyes. They will get a stud going forward, or stick with Cage and Garrett.
Defensive end is another matter, and they are in hot pursuit of Chase Young, from Maryland. The Buckeyes have had great success in Maryland recently, and they are in a great position to land the five-star Young. If forced to predict, I would say Ohio State signs Chase Young on the first Wednesday in February.
LINEBACKER: It's not a given that Isaiah Pryor and/or Brendon White play linebacker for the Buckeyes, but that's where I see both playing at the next level. While White could play wide receiver and Pryor play safety, I think both fit perfectly as outside backers. That would probably only leave room for a stud middle linebacker, and hopefully the next Raekwon McMillan.
While there aren't many future Raekwon McMillan's out there, I love the potential of Baron Browning. He is listed as an outside linebacker, but I think he is the perfect MIKE backer for Ohio State to succeed McMillan. He can run sideline to sideline, and will play college football near 250-pounds. He has visited Ohio State already, and the return trip will mean business.
SAFETY: They really need cornerbacks in this class, and the line is blurred between safety and cornerback anymore anyway. You need safeties that can cover, so the Mike Doss types now play linebacker. The one they want most has a chance to be a bigger, more physical, Vonn Bell.
After seeing Jeffrey Okudah at the Future-50 camp in Orlando last January, I was instantly sold on this kid as a future All-American. He has visited Ohio State, and things are great with the staff. I have the Buckeyes as the leader to sign Okudah next February, and a summer commitment would not shock me at all. If I could only have one defensive back for 2017, it would be Okudah.
CORNERBACK: Ohio State is chasing a lot of talented players for their cornerback spots, and they are all really good players. If I could only have one cornerback, I would take the guy that is already committed in Shaun Wade. To me, Wade is a recruit you need to chase hard as if he were uncommitted, because that's basically how I see this kid. He is taking visits, but will be at Ohio State this summer. He is the most talented of all the promising corners they're after.
Darnay Holmes, Amir Riep, Lamont Wade and Jamyest Williams are all potential stars at the college level. Ohio State has a shot at all four, with Riep and Wade being the most likely. I don't have either one as locks to Ohio State at all at this time. If they could pull two from this group, and hang onto Shaun Wade, that would be a major recruiting haul.