With most of the National Letters of Intent signed and sent, National Signing Day has been wrapped up, and now it’s time to grade the Ohio State football recruiting class for 2017.
To preface this, Urban Meyer didn’t need to get a complete overhaul with his 2017 class. Most of Ohio State’s 2016 team will return in 2017. But the Buckeyes did need to address the secondary, and they did that.
After leading the 2017 recruiting class rankings for most of the cycle, Ohio State couldn’t hang onto that top spot. But it did finish at No. 4 and was near the top in the Big Ten recruiting class rankings.
With that said, let’s take a look at the entire Ohio State Buckeyes recruiting class from 2017, and hand out a few grades.
They lost Danny Young to the Kentucky Wildcats, but the Buckeyes will gladly take 5-star quarterback Tate Martell. He’ll sit behind J.T. Barrett, Dwayne Haskins and Joe Burrow, but he’ll learn a lot while doing that.
Running Back: B
Ohio State went down into Texas to snag J.K. Dobbins, and he’ll be in line to see a few touches next season.
Wide Receiver: B+
With Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor on the roster from last year, Ohio State didn’t need a lot of wide receivers, but it came away with three. The most highly touted one is Trevon Grimes. He’s recovering from a torn ACL but should be good to go for the 2017 season. Jaylen Harris and Elijah Gardiner were late additions after 4-star receiver Tyjon Lindsey left the class and went to Nebraska, but this is a talented group.
Tight End: F
This one is a bit misleading. Yes, they get an F for not signing any tight ends. But Ohio State signed four quality tight ends in last year’s class.
Offensive Line: B+
Well, Jake Moretti ended up flipping to Colorado. So, that wasn’t great. But the Buckeyes did hang on to 5-star offensive guard Wyatt Davis. Plus, they added 4-star offensive guard Josh Myers and 4-star offensive tackle Thayer Munford. That’s not a bad collection of big guys up front.
Defensive Line: B+
Five-star defensive end Chase Young is the big fish in this part of Ohio State’s class. His game screams future fist-round pick. Adding him to 4-star defensive tackles Haskell Garrett and Jerron Cage will give the Buckeyes plenty of firepower in the trenches. However, they did come up short on 5-star defensive tackles Marvin Wilson (FSU) and Jay Tufele (USC).
Ohio State continued its run on Texas prospects by adding 5-star outside linebacker Baron Browning, and he slots right next to Young as that future first-round pick caliber of player. Flipping 4-star outside linebacker Peter Werner was also a huge move. But that’s where the linebacker river stopped flowing for Meyer’s team.
Defensive Backs: A+
Now, here’s where the Buckeyes really excelled. Getting Shaun Wade out of Jacksonville was huge. They even had to fend off Alabama and Florida to keep him. But they ended up adding 5-star JUCO cornerback Kendall Sheffield and 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah. Tack on 4-star cornerbacks Amir Riep and Marcus Williamson — plus 4-star safety Isaiah Pryor — Ohio State’s depleted secondary is suddenly stacked with blue-chip players again.
Ohio State Football Recruiting Class Overall Grade: A-
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.