Rea's Day Blog: Catching Up With Class Of '85

Recruiting has evolved over the past two dozen years, and never is that more evident when looking back at Ohio State's class of 1985. The Buckeyes signed only four out-of-state players in a 22-member class, and only two went on to enjoy pro careers in the NFL.

Ohio State football fans had plenty to cheer about Wednesday as head coach Jim Tressel restocked his roster with 25 new players including five-star recruits Dorian Bell, Melvin Fellows and John Simon.

Every reputable recruiting service seems to agree the class put together by Tressel is one of the best in the nation – even rated it No. 1 – and several of the freshly-minted players are expected to see immediate playing time for the Buckeyes in 2009.

The consensus wasn't quite as rosy two dozen recruiting classes ago as head coach Earle Bruce signed a defense-heavy class of 22 high school prospects. No one was blogging about recruiting in 1985 mostly because the Internet was in its infancy. Additionally, there weren't nearly as many recruiting experts back then and the ones who were in the business decided the Buckeyes' efforts rated only a C+.

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