What started out as a fairly ordinary Monday quickly turned into a news-filled beginning to the new week, as Ohio State added a new commitment to their recruiting class. '16 defensive end Terrell Hall becomes the newest member of the Buckeyes class of 2016, the seventh such recruit to commit to Urban Meyer and the coaching staff in the class of '16. The commit gives Ohio State a nice boost in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings, bumping the Buckeyes up to fifth nationally and first in the Big Ten.
We're just under a month removed from National Signing Day for the class of 2015, and already in the early going, Ohio State has continued their dominance in the recruiting landscape. The Buckeyes' class is impressive thus far, with every commit ranked as a 247Sports Composite four-star or higher, including Hall. As far as what Hall will bring to the field himself, Land-Grant Holy Land's Christopher Jason has a breakdown of his skills:
Terrell Hall already possesses very good size, standing at 6'5 and 250 pounds. He has a muscular frame that stands out on the field, meaning he is a weight room warrior at a young age. When watching Hall's tape, his speed and athleticism jumps off the screen and one can tell that he is very passionate about the game of football.
Hall has a lightning quick first step, which is his greatest attribute. Whether it is against the run or against the pass, he is typically the first player off the football, giving him the advantage over the opposing lineman. He has a non-stop motor and plays until the whistle. Hall does not take plays off and is constantly in pursuit of the ball carrier. Hall needs to do a better job at keeping his center of gravity lower to gain leverage against stronger linemen, but that will come with better coaching in college. He will also be able to add an arsenal of pass rushing moves at the next level.
Overall, Hall is already there physically and athletically, but with proper coaching he will be an early contributor for the Buckeyes. Hall is an elite talent who will be a household name during his time in Columbus.
Moving on to the class of 2017, another class that Ohio State has had a strong start in, '17 athlete Bruce Judson has been committed to the Buckeyes since Jan. 15 of this year. Such an early commitment might bring some wariness as to whether or not the commitment is as serious as any other commitment. Since he's still visited other schools, it's not unusual for people to question how firm his commitment to Ohio State is. Regardless, his stance hasn't changed, even saying in a recent report that he's "way firm" in his commitment.
That being said, it is worth keeping on an eye on the 5'10 athlete. With his 4.41 40-yard dash time and versatile abilities, Judson is a recruit that could end up being a homerun for a recruiting staff. Despite being committed to the Buckeyes, Judson does point out that Florida and Florida State (along with Clemson) are his number two and number three schools, respectively, with the Tigers a somewhat distant fourth. We'll keep you up to date with the latest on Judson's recruitment.
Keeping it in the class of '17, Alex Gleitman of 247Sports has a name for Ohio State fans to keep in mind: '17 athlete Kevin Mensah. Mensah, a 5'9, 180-pound running back that has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.57 and hails from the state of Massachusetts. While he's mostly played on the offensive side of the ball in high school, mainly in the backfield, he could potentially play on both sides of the ball once he gets to the next level. For now, Mensah doesn't hold any offers from schools, but as he attends schools' camps and gets his name out there, it shouldn't be long before he starts getting some mail and receiving some calls.
Even without any offers this early in his recruitment, Mensah already has his eyes set on Columbus as a potential destination for his college ball. He lists his top schools as Florida State, Ohio State, and Arizona State. He's also receiving interest from Clemson, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pittsburgh, South Florida, and Tennessee. Check out what Mensah can bring to a team with his sophomore year highlight film below: