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Which incoming freshman can make the biggest impact for Ohio State next season?

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Much like the spot, the Buckeyes’ 2017 recruiting class (and our newest podcast) is good

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We don’t like to redshirt around here.

While Urban Meyer’s usual signing day statement about incoming freshmen has become somewhat of a running joke among Ohio State fans, no one will blame him for saying it about the Buckeyes’ incoming recruiting class.

With national signing day 2017 a week away, Ohio State currently sits at No. 2 in the 247Sports composite rankings, while having the highest average player rating at 95.19. On paper, it’s the best class in school history, and one filled with players who may see significant playing time next season.

On this episode of The Hangout in the Holyland, Matt Brown and Colton Denning talk about another drama-free (probably) signing day for Ohio State, which recruits they think will make an impact in 2017, and why it’s likely that one (or more) of the Buckeyes’ talented defensive back recruits become a household name by the start of the season.

They also take a look at the rest of the Big Ten’s recruiting, including:

  • Maryland(!) having a secretly good class
  • Why Minnesota hiring PJ Fleck should make Iowa and Northwestern nervous
  • Why Nebraska’s uptick in recruiting will turn up the pressure on Mike Riley and co. to win the Big Ten West soon

Finally, the guys pick which program they think can become the first school since Florida in 1996 to win its first national championship, and whether or not it’s possible for it to happen in the playoff era. For reference, you can find a list of schools that have claimed at least one national championship here, and leave us a comment if you have a program you think can pull it off.

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