NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS: I'm told that 22 or 23 would be a challenge, but probably doable for this class. That would mean Ohio State could take three or four more in this class, which I think works. Now if big-timers you didn't count on decide they want in, you make room, but barring a Trey Smith or Donovan Peoples-Jones flip I'm feeling like 23 will be the number. Just not sure you're going to see projects added at the end this year like we saw in 2016 with Jahsen Wint or Rodjay Burns, two guys that have probably been recruited over already. Regardless, this is a great class if they stop right now. They addressed needs and added major talents.
WIDE RECEIVER RECRUITING: The decommitment of Tyjon Lindsey hurt and was not expected, and they're looking to replace him in the class. Could they look in-state to Danny Davis or Lynn Bowden? I'm not feeling either player at this time, but if I had to pick one it would be Davis. I think Ohio State made an early decision on Bowden, and it was final. Two out of state names that have popped up are Washington commit Ty Jones and St. Thomas Aquinas' Josh Palmer. I have only seen film on Jones, and he looks OK. I have seen Palmer and do not think he's OSU material, compared to who they've taken in the past two classes. They will keep shaking every bush and looking at every commit in America, because they want to add a third. Right now, I don't see that third guy sticking out.
OFFENSIVE LINE RECRUITING: The decommitment of Jake Moretti left a hole in this position group, and he has not been replaced yet. There's no way they only want to add two linemen to this class, so they will ABSOLUTELY take a third, but who will it be? We've had Thayer Munford on the "possible" list since Moretti decommitted, and it's now time to move him to the "probable" list. Urban Meyer spent Saturday night at Massillon watching Munford play basketball, and that wasn't a social visit. The staff has been undecided on Munford, but O-line coach Greg Studrawa has been pushing for the kid. Have to think Meyer's appearance shows that Munford is close to being offered. Will he take it if offered? I have Munford going to Kentucky, but I have to think a Buckeye offer would change things and he would take it.
DEFENSIVE TACKLE RECRUITING: The more games I watched this past season, and the more people I spoke to that I trust, I'm not seeing this position group as a weakness at all. I would have Haskell Garrett as a player that fits well with the guys they've been recruiting, and Jerron Cage would be behind Garrett but not miles behind, in my opinion. The development of Dre'Mont Jones, DaVon Hamilton and Robert Landers is right on track, and there are good reports coming out on Malik Barrow. Would they kill for either Marvin Wilson, who they have no shot at, or Jay Tufele, who do they have a shot at? Of course they would love either. Will they reach on another tackle if they miss those two big fish? I don't think so, as I would put wideout and O-line as much higher priorities.
RUNNINGBACK RECRUITING: I believe they need another back in this class, and I think the staff agrees. Do they take a project here to provide depth? Do they stick with J.K. Dobbins and take three next class? These are question answered by Meyer only, but I think this position is one where you can reach a little bit because it's highly unpredictable to project. Local product Morgan Ellison can play Power Five football in my opinion, although I'm not sure it's at the Ohio State level. If you were going to roll the dice a little bit, this would be a good one to gamble on. He has a Big Ten body, decent speed and can catch the football. He just was hurt both his sophomore and junior years, and has not played a lot of football.
DEFENSIVE BACK RECRUITING: Landing Kendall Sheffield is a short term grand slam, but aside from him this position group is a monster class. Shaun Wade and Jeffrey Okudah are interchangeable talents that could play any position in the secondary and might start next year. Marcus Williamson and Amir Riep might be a tad behind those two, but they compare very favorably to Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley coming out of high school. Isaiah Pryor is a wildcard, but might end up an All Big Ten safety. I don't see them adding another one here, and Darnay Holmes would have been icing on the cake. However, if a highly rated player drops into their laps they could stretch the class and take him.
WHO GETS ADDED? Let's say they grab four more to get to land on 23, who do they take? Let's go with a wideout, an O-lineman (Munford), a runningback and a highly rated wild card that could be from any position group.