Ohio State’s 5 Biggest Recruits after National Signing Day
The Ohio State Buckeyes had a successful National Signing Day. Here are their five biggest recruits after National Signing Day.
The Ohio State Buckeyes had a good National Signing Day, signing 21 players to their letter of intent to play for the scarlet and gray. The Buckeyes 2017 recruiting class is chock full of highly-rated and much-needed prospects.
Head coach Urban Meyer hit the recruiting trail heavily in 2017, and as a result he acquired a variety of talent. Meyer and company signed five five-stars, 14 four-stars and two three-stars to this year’s class, according to 247 Sports. The Buckeyes finished with the second-ranked recruiting class in the nation and the best in the Big Ten Conference after National Signing Day.
After an abysmal 31-0 performance in the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Clemson Tigers, the Buckeyes made getting some offensive playmakers a priority.
In the latter part of the season, Ohio State’s passing offense struggled. They signed three wide receivers to this year’s recruiting class, all of them are 6-foot-3 and over. With an emphasis on downfield threats, Ohio State should be a stronger offensive team in 2017.
The Buckeyes also got some help on the offensive line. They signed three offensive lineman to their recruiting class, putting some pressure on the upperclassmen to perform at a higher level. Ohio State allowed 28 sacks last season, eighth in the conference.
5. Trevon Grimes, WR
Wide receiver Trevon Grimes is one of three prospects looking to change the Ohio State Buckeyes’ fortunes in the passing game. The four-star prospect is out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, which is also where former defensive end Joey Bosa went to school.
Grimes is a 6-foot-3, 202-pound wide receiver who had his season cut short due to a torn ACL. He ranks 39th in the nation, fifth by position and seventh in the state of Florida, according to 247Sports. If this injury taught him anything, it taught Grimes how to increase his work ethic and prepare for the college game.
The Buckeyes were sixth in the Big Ten last season with 213.9 passing yards per game. They’ll look to change all that next season with this year’s crop of wide receivers. In their 31-0 loss to Clemson last season, the Buckeyes had zero passing touchdowns, two interceptions and just 127 passing yards in the game.
Despite finishing second in the conference in passing touchdowns (26), the Buckeyes struggled on the main stage. Adding Grimes to the fold should change things sooner rather than later.
4. Chase Young, WDE
The Ohio State Buckeyes went all the way to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., to acquire to key talent and strengthen their pass rush on defense. Weakside defensive end Chase Young is a five-star prospect out of Dematha Catholic High School. He ranks as the eighth overall player, second-best at his position and first in the District, according to 247Sports.
The 6-foot-5, 251-pound prospect committed to the Buckeyes after being called out by another prospect at their camp, ironically. Young racked up 119 tackles, 37 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, five forced fumbles and two defensive touchdowns in his senior season at Dematha. He finished the season undefeated while leading Dematha to its fourth straight title.
The Buckeyes ranked seventh in the Big Ten last season with 28 sacks, well behind Michigan’s conference-leading 46 sacks. Young looks to strengthen a defensive unit in need of depth and talent at the position. Playing time will be hard to come by, but if anybody can crack the starting lineup, its Young.
3. Josh Myers, OG
The Ohio State Buckeyes have some offensive line issues to solve, particularly in pass protection. The signing of Josh Myers should change things sooner rather than later. The 6-foot-6, 306-pound offensive guard prospect is rated 54th in the nation, second by position and first in the state of Ohio, according to 247Sports.
Getting Myers to stay close to home played a factor, but getting him to enroll early also gives the Buckeyes a leg up on developing him at a quicker rate. The Buckeyes will 13 offensive lineman on the roster next season but Myers presence will certainly push the current roster of talent.
With an opening at starter at the right guard position, Myers is doing his best to impress early. He’s already gotten the attention of his Ohio State coaches. The Buckeyes allowed 28 sacks a season ago, Myers looks to change all of that by possibly cracking the starting lineup as a true freshman.
2. Shaun Wade, CB
Shaun Wade is one of two five-star cornerbacks to enroll early with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wade ranks 17th in the nation, second by position, and fourth in the state of Florida, according to 247Sports. He chose the Buckeyes over Alabama and Virginia Tech, strengthening a secondary in need of depth.
Wade had 63 tackles (42 assisted, 21 solo), seven interception, nine pass breakups and three defensive touchdowns in his senior season at Trinity Christian Academy. He’s a ballhawk that will bring back memories of former Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple, now with the New York Giants.
The Jacksonville native won the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year award for his performance on the football field. Enrolling early allows the 6-foot-1, 177-pound prospect to get acclimated to the speed and conditioning of the college game. He’ll look to challenge for a starting spot amongst fellow five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah among others.
1. Kendall Sheffield, CB
As a junior college transfer, cornerback Kendall Sheffield brings a totally different dynamic to the fold. He was at Alabama before signing to play at Blinn College in 2016. With experience under his belt, Sheffield can look to challenge for playing time as a junior entering the 2017 season.
Sheffield comes out of Blinn College as the third rank JUCO prospect nationally, first at his position and second in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports. He signed with the Buckeyes over Texas A&M, giving Ohio State another conference victory in the recruiting battles.
The 6-foot, 185-pound prospect will enroll at Ohio State in March, just in time for spring ball. He highlights a growing need for another playermaker on the defensive side of the ball. Not to mention, after the season Michigan safety JaBrill Peppers had, the Buckeyes certainly need to strengthen their defense likeso.
Sheffield will compete with five-star prospects Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade for the starting corner role opposite junior Denzel Ward.
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