Penn State picked up two big commitments tonight. First, Pittsburgh (PA) Baldwin offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins became the Nittany Lions' first top 100 commit in the 247Sports Composite rankings. Then Jersey City (NJ) St. Peters Prep quarterback Brandon Wimbush ended his recruitment and also committed to Penn State.
Let's not act surprised that Jenkins is going to Penn State. He had been favoring the Nittany Lions ever since they hired James Franklin back in January. He took a visit to Happy Valley yesterday and his choice was pretty obvious heading into today. The Buckeyes finished second in his recruitment ,and while they had a small chance at landing him, they never really had a great one.
Wimbush is a much bigger loss for Ohio State as he was a player the coaching staff really wanted to have in this recruiting class. He was one of the Buckeye's top two targets at the position along with Fort Lauderdale (FL) American Heritage quarterback, Torrance Gibson.
Where do the Buckeyes go from here? At offensive tackle, they'll stay on course. I don't think the coaching staff ever thought they had a good chance a landing Sterling Jenkins, especially after Franklin took the helm of the Penn State football program.
The bigger question comes at the quarterback position. It's pretty clear the top target going forward is Gibson, who has the Buckeyes fourth on his newly released list of top schools. Some might worry about the position the Buckeyes are in with him, but when we spoke earlier tonight, he was very, very clear that the Buckeyes were only in fourth because he has yet to make the trip to Columbus, while he has visited the other top schools.
I think the burning question is who the Buckeyes number two target will be going forward. Lorenzo Nunez is committing pretty soon and I would be pretty surprised if he announced for the Buckeyes, so you can likely cross him off the list. The two names that come to mind are Deondre Francois and Travis Waller.
Francois received an offer a couple of months ago and the Buckeyes are in his top five or six schools. However, I think it will be pretty difficult to beat the likes of Florida State and Oregon. Waller has yet to receive an offer from the Scarlet and Gray, but I think that happens in the near future. If an offer comes his way, I'm sure he would take a long, hard look at Ohio State.
It's important to remember that we're nine months away from National Signing Day 2015 and there's absolutely no reason to worry about the slower progress of this recruiting class than the rest of Urban Meyer's recruiting classes at Ohio State.
When he first took over the Ohio State football program, Meyer turned an average class into a top five class in the country to just over two months. He has gone on to sign top five classes in each of the last two years as well. There's no reason not to trust what Urban and his staff are able to do from a recruiting standpoint.
Here on some names remaining on Ohio State's recruiting board: Gibson, Justin Hilliard, Damien Harris, Christian Kirk, Jerome Baker, Christian Wilkins, Rashad Roundtree, Drew Richmond, Ricky DeBerry, Matthew Burrell, Larry Scott, and Hale Hentges. Those are just some of the 247Sports Composite top 100 recruits still considering the Buckeyes.
I would be surprised if the Buckeyes didn't finish with the Big Ten's best recruiting class when it's all said and done next February.