MONDAY CLASS RANKING UPDATE: As of right now, Ohio State has the fourth rated class with 19 commits, and the average star rating is the highest at 4.26. More importantly, this class filled needs and that trumps where your class ends up being rated. They did a great job plugging holes on the roster, and next year's class is set to do the same thing. There are no reaches in this class, and not one player I would say they probably should not have taken.
THIS WEEKEND'S VISITORS: I moved Thayer Munford from "PROBABLE" to "IN" last Monday, and after this past weekend's visit he is more "IN" if that's possible. As I reported Sunday afternoon, Munford will be signing with Ohio State. No clue when he makes it public, but you can BANK that he will be in the class on National Signing Day. I also feel just as strongly that James Robinson is OUT. No need to go much further into detail with him.
NEXT WEEKEND'S POSSIBLE VISITORS: I could see zero visitors and they stand pat, or maybe they get Oliver Martin or Josh Palmer to take an official. Neither player excites me all that much, to be honest. There's no need to bring in guys you will likely want to see leave the program in two years. Get better players next year. In Martin's case, he has talent, but the Terrelle Pryor act would give me pause. Holding five schools hostage one week before Signing Day might work for Jadeveon Clowney, but this is not that type of player. I see a signing in February and a transfer by the following February. Not for me, but Ohio State knows who they need better than I do.
THE TWO STUD DEFENSIVE TACKLES: I keep writing that I don't see either Marvin Wilson and Jay Tufele at Ohio State, and I still feel that way. But I preface that by saying these are the types that Urban Meyer pulls as well as any coach in America, and I know that. When you start saying "No Way" for guys like Meyer and NIck Saban late in the game, you need to be prepared to be dead wrong. I would have Tufele higher in probability than Wilson, but I'm still going with neither to Ohio State.
FEELING THE BURN: I'm sensing a little bit of frustration on the message boards with the close to this class, and I do not get that at all. I get that people love the flash and dash associated with late pulls, but do you really want to see OSU get another Jahsen Wint ot Rodjay Burns? As the voice of reason, let me once again state how great this class is. Ohio State saw Malik Hooker, Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley walk out the door early. All high draft picks. How in God's name can anyone replace those types of players? How about with instant starter Kendall Sheffield, future superstars Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade, and oh yah, two guys I would have as highly rated as Conley and Lattimore coming out of high school in Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson. This five alone make this class. Throw in Trevon Grimes and Jaylen Harris as the two bigger outside wide receivers you really need. The O-line? Two givens in Josh Myers and Wyatt Davis, and a third in Munford, that I would take all day over Feder, Bowen, Burrell, Jurkovic and Schmidt. Elite playmaker? How about J.K. Dobbins? Then the best LB in the country in Baron Browning, and a beauty in Pete Werner. The best DE in the country is an afterthought in Chase Young? Tackles Jerron Cage and Haskell Garrett might not be Wilson and Tufele, but they fit with Jones, Hamilton, Barrow and Landers. Tate Martell is one of the top QB's in the country, and you need a legit QB every year, not a clipboard holder. How about some ATH-A-LETES in Brendon White and Isaiah Pryor? This is a GREAT class in my opinion, and I do not use GREAT every year like some analysts do. So in the words of Arnold:
TWO "OTHER" IMPORTANT RECRUITS: If you've been around here awhile, you know that I NEVER crack on coaches and call for them to be fired. Not my style. I did write that what Ohio State had on offense was not championship quality coaching on the field. Not in playcalling. Not in game-planning. And I think Tim Beck is a great recruiter and he could do well at Texas under Tom Herman. And Ed Warinner just might be the best O-line coach in the country. But what we saw the last two years was not the right mix, and not a group that was going to get it done. As much as Chris Ash and Greg Schiano transformed Ohio State from bad defense to championship defense, I'm ABSOLUTELY expecting the same thing out of Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day. DO NOT underestimate how impactful these guys can be on the offensive side of the football. NOBODY in college football has two coordinators that can top the combination of Schiano and Wilson. I'm expecting big things on both sides of the football next season, even with another team hurt by NFL departures.