It’s almost time. Tomorrow night, the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Clemson Tigers in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The long awaited matchup between two of the top four teams has been brewing throughout the week as some “barking” by Clemson has given Ohio State a little extra motivation–– if that is even possible. With many players on both rosters recruited by both opposing staff’s in the past, the game tomorrow night is sure to be one of the best semifinals in the College Football Playoff’s short tenure.
But before the game takes place, there are some notes from the never ending recruiting trail.
OSU DB commit shining
It seems that nearly every single Ohio State commit in the 2017 recruiting class is playing in a post-season competition honoring the top senior football players in the country. Between the US Army All-American game played in Texas and the Under Armour All-American game played in Florida, the Buckeyes are more than well represented with 2017 recruits.
The Under Armour All-American game in Florida currently has two Ohio State 2017 commits playing in the competition. The two are none other than Isaiah Pryor and Marcus Williamson, who are also roommates at Florida’s IMG Academy.
So far, the pair have been nothing but impressive, but Pryor is the one making serious conversation as of late. The nation’s fifth best safety in the country and ninth best prospect in the entire state of Florida is turning heads and proving why he was a key piece for Urban Meyer and Ohio State’s 2017 class.
With Pryor’s 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame, he possesses the body-type that can not only defend the pass as a ball-hawk, but also has the bulk to be a serious run-stopping threat for the Silver Bullets in the near future. With Pryor’s speed and athleticism, look for him to come in and compete right away for a spot in the two-deep at safety for the Buckeye defense.
OSU among the top recruiting programs
In college football, recruiting is one of the key aspects that a program must be successful in to reach the pinnacle of the 128 FBS schools. A national championship is the ultimate goal of each team at the start of every season, but before each season starts, the players in the football program are directly the ones besides the coaches that will be the factors on whether or not a program reaches its final goals.
Fortunately for Ohio State, the Buckeyes have had nothing but success in the recruiting business ever since Urban Meyer has been at the helm of the Buckeye football program.
That same success continued this year in the 2017 class as Nike’s premier recruiting event “The Opening” dawns more than impressive host of future Ohio State players. Among Ohio State, the Alabama Crimson Tide are right at the top with the Buckeyes as the team with the most commits that were invitees to Nike’s headlining circuit. With Alabama and Ohio State, the first two winners in the College Football Playoff and back once again this year, recruiting once again cements its importance.