Breaking Down The Class Of 2010

Eighteen top high school prospects put pen to paper for Ohio State on Wednesday, but did the Buckeyes get what they truly wanted and needed? Take a look at this position-by-position breakdown to see what OSU gained compared to what it lost, and see what the Buckeyes will need to do as the class of 2011 now starts to take shape.

Additions: Taylor Graham, Wheaton (Ill.) North; Verlon Reed, Columbus Marion-Franklin
Comments: The Buckeyes didn't get a star like Nick Montana or Devin Gardner in the class, but they did get two three-star prospects who perhaps have untapped potential. Terrelle Pryor has at least one more year as the undisputed starter, leaving Graham and Reed to battle with Joe Bauserman and Kenny Guiton for whatever scraps of playing time are left in 2010. All will have another year to develop should they need to be ready for 2011, and the lack of true star power among the group means the Buckeyes will still have a chance to add a signal caller in the next class.

Additions: Roderick Smith, Fort Wayne (Ind.) Paul Harding; Carlos Hyde, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
Losses: None
Comments: Ohio State is building up quite the depth at running back, with only Brandon Saine set to be a senior in 2010. Smith has the potential to be a difference maker according to many, while the Buckeyes like Hyde enough to have stuck with him throughout a year at prep school. Some were disappointed that Ohio State didn't end up with Erick Howard, but there's still plenty to like in this group. Such depth gives OSU the luxury to pick and choose when putting together the class of 2010.

Additions: Corey Brown, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara; James Louis, Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic; Tyrone Williams, East Cleveland (Ohio) Shaw
Losses: Ray Small, Lamaar Thomas
Comments: The Buckeyes have welcomed in talented groups the past few seasons as wideout, as players such as Taurian Washington, Grant Schwartz, Chris Fields and James Jackson haven't even really had the chance to show what they can do on the field for an extended time. Then there's Duron Carter, who got his feet wet last season, and stalwarts DeVier Posey and Dane Sanzenbacher. Adding such players as Brown, Louis and Williams gives the Buckeyes even more talent at wideout. There shouldn't be a lack of depth here in 2010, but Ohio State might have to dip into the reserve of younger players this time around.

Additions: None
Losses: Jake Ballard
Tight end certainly will be a focus for the Buckeyes in 2011 after not pulling in a player at the position in this class. Jake Stoneburner should provide the Buckeyes a receiving threat here in 2010, and Reid Fragel can block, but his frame may lead him to the offensive line at some point. The Buckeyes' failure to find a tight end in this class shouldn't result in deep trouble in 2010, but they certainly will want to add at least one tight end in the next class.

Additions: Andrew Norwell, Cincinnati Anderson
Losses: Jim Cordle, Andrew Moses
Comments: The Buckeyes lost only one lineman who came in on scholarship in Cordle, so adding only one isn't the world's biggest disaster, but there's no doubt two or three would have been better for OSU. Though it's anyone's guess how the Seantrel Henderson saga will end, it appears the Buckeyes will have to make do with Norwell, who is one of the top linemen in the country and just a smidge below Henderson on most boards. As Jim Bollman said on signing day, Ohio State will be fine on the field in 2010 (and should be good in 2011 as well), but the offensive line has to become a position of focus in the next class or the Buckeyes' future prospects will be in trouble.

Additions: J.T. Moore, Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman; Darryl Baldwin, Solon, Ohio
Losses: Thaddeus Gibson, Lawrence Wilson
Comments: Factoring in Willie Mobley, the Buckeyes have lost two players at this spot in the past six months, but there are still plenty of riches here. Cameron Heyward will be an All-America candidate in 2010, while Nathan Williams has shown potential and will have the chance to show what he can do in an increased role. Then there's Melvin Fellows and Keith Wells, both of whom redshirted last year. That's enough talent to fill the two-deep, so Moore and Baldwin will have a chance to learn from some talented players. The 2011 class already includes Kenny Hayes and Steve Miller, so opposing quarterbacks shouldn't be too comfortable any time soon in passing situations.

Additions: Johnathan Hankins, Detroit Southeastern
Losses: Doug Worthington, Todd Denlinger, Robert Rose
Comments: Losing Sharrif Floyd was a blow for Buckeye fans, but the depth in 2010 shouldn't be hurt. Ohio State still will have 300-pound run-stuffer Dexter Larimore to pair with John Simon, whose playing time increased almost by the game in '09. Then there are Garrett Goebel, who will still be a sophomore, and Adam Bellamy, who redshirted a season ago, plus Heyward can be expected to play tackle at times. Hankins is a bit of a project, some say, and there's no doubt defensive tackle will be a focus in 2011, but it's too early to say the loss of Floyd will prove crucial.

Additions: Jamel Turner, Fort Union (Va.) Military Academy; David Durham, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian; Scott McVey, Cleveland St. Ignatius
Losses: Austin Spitler
Comments: Sure, Ohio State wanted five-star linebacker Jordan Hicks of West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West, but if there's any position the Buckeyes can afford to miss out on a prospect, it's at linebacker. Ross Homan and Brian Rolle will return as starters in 2009, joined by a deep crew including Etienne Sabino, Tyler Moeller (hopefully), Andrew Sweat, Dorian Bell, Jonathan Newsome and Jordan Whiting. Adding Turner, Durham and McVey is just another case of the rich getting richer here.

Additions: Christian Bryant, Cleveland Glenville; Bradley Roby, Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge
Losses: Andre Amos
Comments: Starters Chimdi Chekwa and Devon Torrance will be back in 2010, and there's no lack of help behind that group even though we didn't see much of it in '09. Travis Howard is still billed by many as a future star, while Donnie Evege can play corner in addition to his special teams role. Freshmen Corey Brown and Dominic Clarke are coming off of a redshirt year, and classmate C.J. Barnett could wind up back here after dabbling at safety during the last campaign. The Buckeyes have plenty of talent at corner, and any need was filled in the class of 2010.

Additions: Chad Hagan, Canonsburg (Pa.) Canon-McMillan
Losses: Kurt Coleman, Anderson Russell, Rocco Pentello
Comments: The Buckeyes could also lose Aaron Gant, who was injured for all of 200 and might not be able to go in '10. If he joins Coleman, Russell and Pentello, that would be a four-spot of depth suddenly gone in the snap of fingers. Jermale Hines is a dependable starter, but presumed starter Orhian Johnson as well as Barnett, Nate Oliver, Zach Domicone and Jamie Wood haven't proven themselves on the field yet. Safety is one spot you can expect Ohio State to focus on in the future, though Reed could end up here as well depending on the situation under center.

Additions: Drew Basil, Chillicothe, Ohio
Losses: Aaron Pettrey
Comments: Basil joins a long line of specialists who will be competing for a chance in 2010. Devin Barclay will want to hold on to the placekicking job after stepping in for Pettrey, while Ben Buchanan has the skill to take over at either kicker or punter. Add in the competitive factor with Basil and there are enough strong legs for Jim Tressel's special teams to be in good hands – or feet, shall we say – in 2010.

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