Dallas Gant (Scout)

Comparing Ohio State's 2018 Recruiting Class To Select 17

With Ohio State's 2018 recruiting class reaching the double-digit threshold yesterday, we're taking a look back at how the Buckeyes' haul matches up with the 2017 group at this point.

On May 16, Ohio State picked up the 10th commitment in its 2018 recruiting class when four-star linebacker Dallas Gant pledge to the Buckeyes. 

So far, all of Ohio State's commits are four-star prospects and six of them are among the top 100 prospects in the nation. The Buckeyes have a better star average than the two schools ranked ahead of them (Miami Fla. and LSU) and have more top 100 commits than any other team in the nation. Miami, with 17 commits, and LSU, with 15, are ahead purely on numbers alone.

For mid May in the recruiting cycle, that's a pretty impressive haul, and people might not realize that the Buckeyes could be ahead of their pace from a year ago. Ohio State ended up signing arguably the most talented class in the nation last year, and Urban Meyer's team could be poised to do even better this time around.

As of May 16, 2016, the Buckeyes were sitting pretty with 12 commits, but they were in a bit of a lull. Four-star athlete (RB) J.K. Dobbins committed to Ohio State on March 6, but the Buckeyes wouldn't get another verbal until five-star quarterback Tate Martell announced his decision June 12 of that year and in that time four-star running back Todd Sibley walked back on his commitment.

At this stage in the 2017 cycle, Ohio State had commitments from one five-star (OL Josh Myers, who ended up being a four-star), 10 four-star prospects and a three-star (kicker Blake Haubeil). Out of those 12 commitments, only eight actually ended up signing with Ohio State. Sibley, Jake Moretti, Danny Clark and Antjuan Simmons all ended up pursuing other options.

Of those who signed with the Buckeyes, just four of the eight were in the top 100 while six of the eight were in the Scout 300. This time around, Ohio State is two commitments ahead of that pace (not counting the decommits) and nine of the 10 are among the top 135 prospects nationally. The 10th, cornerback Sevyn Banks, is ranked No. 292.

And, just as a reminder, the Buckeyes are in on some of the best players in the nation who still remain uncommitted. Ohio State is widely considered among the leaders for the No. 2 overall player Micah Parsons and two others in the top 10 nationally: running back Zamir White (No. 5) and cornerback Anthony Cook (No. 8). Then there's linebacker Teradja Mitchell at No. 16, who is expected to choose between Ohio State, LSU and Florida State in coming weeks.

That doesn't even take into account some of the top remaining in-state prospects who could end up in Columbus, like offense tackle Jack Carman, the nation's 31st-ranked player.

So, far as good as Ohio State's 2017 class was, the Buckeyes at least have a chance to bring in an even better recruiting haul this time around.

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