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Ohio State recruiting: State Secrets, 1/5 - National Signing Day in review

Get caught up with the latest Ohio State recruiting news.

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It was a bit of a hectic scene yesterday due to the magnitude of National Signing Day. However, the show must go on, and indeed it will here at Land Grant Holy-Land. Let's take a look at how Ohio State was able to finish with the No. 6 ranked recruiting class in the country.

Bucks finish strong:

It was a relatively smooth but successful finish to National Signing Day for Urban Meyer and the rest of the coaching staff. Three prospects came into the day already committed to Ohio State, but their respective recruitments came down to the wire. Also, two uncommitted prospects were still possibilities, and the Buckeyes are surely very pleased with snagging those additions.

It was Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes who were reportedly still in play for '15 OL/DL Joshua Alabi, but those rumors were put to rest when the three-star prospect faxed in his LOI to the Buckeyes at 7:30 AM on Wednesday. Shortly after Alabi's letter came through the fax machine, it was time to learn Ohio State's fate with '15 QB/ATH Torrance Gibson. After taking official visits to Auburn, LSU, and Miami (FL) in recent weeks, the Buckeyes were also able to hang on to Gibson and received his LOI at approximately 9:48 AM. The last prospect that seemed to really hang in the balance was '15 RB Mike Weber. The Cass Tech (MI) star seemed to be stressed out and not a very big fan of having to turn down one of either Ohio State or Michigan. However, when pen hit paper, it was the Scarlet and Gray that came out victorious in the recruitment of Weber, as the Buckeyes received his signature at 10:57 AM.

The other good news for Ohio State was securing the pledges of two four-star prospects. '15 WR K.J. Hill, a former Arkansas commit, pledged and signed with the Buckeyes over the Razorbacks and Crimson Tide early Wednesday morning. Additionally, OSU was able to hold off the Maryland Terrapins to ink '15 OT Isaiah Prince, a one-time Alabama commit.

All in all, Ohio State had a great day yesterday. They were able to fight off a handful of big-time programs who made last-ditch efforts to take away committed players. Of course, the additions of Hill and Prince were the icing on the cake for yet another talented recruiting class under head coach Urban Meyer.

Price gets OSU mail:

Despite National Signing Day being right behind us, it's time to move on to the 2016 guys. On Wednesday, '16 OT E.J. Price shared on Twitter a piece of mail that he received from the Buckeyes.

The 6'7, 307-pounder is a player that is already being courted by many of the best programs in the country. Price holds 31 offers at this point in the process and has already started narrowing things down. A little over one week ago, the Archer (GA) offensive lineman named a top ten that included Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and USC.

Price currently grades out as the 65th-overall prospect in the upcoming class. He also finds himself as the ninth-best offensive tackle in the country and the ninth-best player from the Peach State.