Bank Blog: Riep And Young Bolster Dream Class

The number-one ranked class in America got even stronger this past weekend when Ohio State accepted the commitments of Chase Young and Amir Riep. What's next for the Buckeyes?

To nobody's surprise, Ohio State saw their top-ranked 2017 recruiting class get even stronger after the Friday Night Lights camp when five-star Chase Young and four-star Amir Riep pledged to the Buckeyes. 

Ohio State now has 16 commits with an average star rating of 4.19. What does the 4.19 mean? The past years the highest rated classes have been 2016 Alabama with 3.88, 2015 USC with 3.88, 2014 Alabama with 4.04, 2013 Ohio State with 4.04 and 2012 Texas with 3.82. 

The current Ohio State class features four players ranked as five-star recruits, and 11 four-star prospects. More importantly than just collecting stars, the Buckeyes are filling needs with "first-choices" on their recruiting board. 

The commitment of Young should wrap up defensive end recruiting, but the Buckeyes would still like to another defensive tackle to go with Jerron Cage and Haskell Garrett. I would think Jay Tufele would be the guy they are targeting most for the third tackle.

Riep's addition helps clarify the secondary a bit more, but they are still looking to add more to this position group. I have Jeffrey Okudah in the class as a safety. They still need to keep recruiting Shaun Wade even though he is listed as a commit. Would they take two more after Riep and Okudah? Hard to see that, but Darnay Holmes was amazing Friday and Lamont Wade keeps showing up on campus. I would think Jamyest Williams is either PLAN-B or off the board right now.

The Buckeyes are still chasing both Texas linebackers Anthony Hines and Baron Browning, and they would take either/both. This would take care of the defensive side of the ball for all intents and purposes. 

On offense, they are done at quarterback and there won't be a tight end added. They still need to pick up another runningback and offensive lineman, if possible. Cam Akers would be a great RB to add and they are still in pursuit. For the offensive line, I'm not as confident they can get Trey Smith, who I think stays south. There's no doubt Thayer Munford opened some eyes the other night with his performance, and he has to be a player they will at least monitor going forward.

That leaves wide receiver, and it sure appears things are done and settled with both Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey. Two in-state receivers are good enough to play for Ohio State, but will numbers allow a spot for either Jaylen Harris or Lynn Bowden? Tough to see that right now, but maybe later on this fall? Let's see. 

If they add six more recruits, that stretches the class to 22, which would be about the breaking point in my mind. I have Okudah, Grimes and Lindsey as dead locks for the class. That leaves two or three more. Who will it be? 


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