Rea's Day Blog: Where Were You In '82?

Ohio State's recruiting class of 1982 had some definite star power with the likes of running back Keith Byars and linebacker Pepper Johnson. But it also had some significant misses as OSU head coach Earle Bruce signed 23 players in that class.

Where were you 27 years ago? If you were an Ohio State football fan, you might have been poring over a list of head coach Earle Bruce's newest recruits. It was a 23-member class that was top-heavy on in-state talent and split almost evenly between offensive and defensive prospects.

Just a week before signing day in 1982, Bruce was beginning to wonder about his recruiting numbers. The class number was stalled at 17, making the final weekend of official visits crucial for the Buckeyes. Unlike in recent years, though, OSU closed with a big finish, getting six verbal commitments just hours before National Signing Day dawned.

Among that half-dozen were two of the best players in Ohio – offensive lineman Bob Maggs of Youngstown Cardinal Mooney and running back Keith Byars of Dayton Roth. Both players were somewhat of a pleasant surprise for Bruce. Maggs was thought to be leaning toward a commitment to either Notre Dame or Penn State before signing with the Buckeyes. Meanwhile, Byars was thought to be headed for UCLA before deciding to play his college ball a little closer to home.

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