Ohio State football recruiting targets with a week to go until National Signing Day.
The Ohio State steam engine has been chugging along, making other programs look like model trains recently.
The Buckeyes are sitting at No. 2 in the class rankings for 2016 with 22 total commits, five of which are in the top 100 recruits.
But, while Urban Meyer has been out-recruiting just about everyone except for Les Miles, that doesn’t mean he’s even close to being done. He still has a week to put the finishing touches on yet another top-notch class for Ohio State.
That’s right. We are finally in the 11th hour before National Signing Day, and Meyer knows exactly who he wants to reel in. Here are five targets for the Buckeyes in the week leading up to National Signing Day.
Note: Scout.com rankings and ratings used in this article.
Five Ohio State Football Recruiting Targets
Mecole Hardman Jr.
Rating/Rank: 5-star, No. 2 ATH, No. 16 Overall
Biggest Competitors: Georgia Bulldogs, Alabama Crimson Tide
Mecole Hardman Jr. is the kind of athlete who can drop your jaw on both sides of the ball. He’s quick, agile and capable of delivering explosive impact plays at any moment. While the Alabama Crimson Tide are the favorite to land Hardman, it’ll also be tough to fight off the in-state Georgia Bulldogs. That won’t keep Meyer from trying to sway him.
Rating/Rankg: 4-star, No. 10 CB, No. 127 Overall
Biggest Competitors: Michigan Wolverines, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Jordan Fuller is solid in press man coverage and shows a lot of tenacity. He’s the type of corner who doesn’t give up on the ball after it’s been caught — he’ll swipe, poke and jab at it. The Buckeyes appear to be the favorite to land him, but Notre Dame and Michigan aren’t too far in the background in his recruitment.
Rating/Rank: 4-star, No. 13 CB, No. 138 Overall
Biggest Competitors: Florida State Seminoles, NC State Wolfpack
Carlos Becker is an absolute stud of a cornerback who reacts very well to the ball in the air and reads quarterbacks’ eyes with ease. He sheds blocks quickly to make plays in the flats and bring down ball carriers. Both Florida State and NC State are pushing hard for Becker, but Meyer knows he has a real shot at him.
4-star, No. 18 CB, No. 221 Overall
Biggest Competitors: Penn State Nittany Lions, Pitt Panthers
Damar Hamlin is the type of cornerback you want on your roster. He’s aggressive, loves to press, has excellent hip control and finds the ball in the air. Penn State seems to be the favorite as of now, but Pitt will get his last official visit this weekend. Ohio State isn’t out of it, though, having hosted Hamlin for an official visit this month.
Rating/Rank: 3-star, No. 52 ATH, Unranked
Biggest Competitors: Indiana Hoosiers, Wisconsin Badgers, Michigan State Spartans
Malik Harrison is the definition of a football player. At 6-foot-4 and 215 lbs, he can play both sides of the ball and make plays at whichever position you put him at, but his size and skills would tranlate best to linebacker. The Buckeyes are the clear-cut favorite to land him, and it doesn’t appear to be a close race.