It’s been an eventful week for the Ohio State Buckeyes. On Monday, defensive end Noah Potter committed to the program. Then, late Wednesday, four -star running back/linebacker Steele Chambers (Roswell, GA / Blessed Trinity Catholic) committed to the program—adding another layer to the amount of talent in the Buckeyes’ 2019 recruiting class.
The addition of Chambers signifies a couple things. First, he’s the sixth member to the ‘19 class for OSU. Second, he helps the Buckeyes in their quest to climb up the recruiting rankings. While 247sports grades Chambers as a .8950, OSU’s average recruit grade is 92.63—which is good enough to lead the Big Ten. Overall, the Buckeyes move up in the team rankings from No. 18 to No. 14.
OSU has 129.36 points, and to move up to No. 13, they’ll have to overtake South Carolina, a program that holds 139.33 points off of six three-star commitments, and three four-star commitments. Right now, the Bucks have five (!) recruits that hold four-star status. Urban Meyer and company may be out of the top-10 in the 247sports rankings, but that can change in a hurry.
For those curious: Oklahoma (202.19) leads the 247sports recruiting rankings for 2019, and is followed by Florida State (193.41) and Ole Miss (189.22).
It would be wise to keep him local
In the 2019 class, Zach Harrison is one of the best. He’s the No. 1 recruit in Ohio, the No. 2 weak-side defensive end and the No. 3 overall prospect. Over 15 schools have sent the five-star an offer, and expect that number to keep on climbing.
On Wednesday, Harrison showed off just how athletic he was in a dual track meet.
Zach Harrison of Olentangy Orange ran 10.82 for 100 meters and 21.55 for 200 in a dual track meet against Olentangy Liberty tonight in the rain. Those are ridiculous times for a guy about 6-5, 230. That's why he's the top rated junior football prospect in the country.— Steve Blackledge (@BlackiePreps) April 19, 2018
As Steve Blackledge reported, those times are pretty good. Like, really really good. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Harrison is just up the road from campus—Lewis Center, Ohio, is about 20 minutes north of the OSU campus. In a way, this was a PSA of not just how good he is on the gridiron, but in athletics in general.
We’ll keep you posted on the Harrison-to-OSU watch, as all 12 of the predictions in his 247sports crystal ball profile point to the Buckeyes being the team he’ll commit to.
An instant impact?
On Wednesday, offensive lineman Matthew Burrell declared his intent to transfer. The redshirt sophomore was thought to be in contention for one of the offensive line roles this season.
There are a handful of options the Buckeyes could go to on the O-Line. However, we may have gotten a glimpse of what is to come from Meyer. After the spring game, the head coach gave his thoughts on the offensive line shuffling between Thayer Munford and Isaiah Prince. Meyer mentioned a rotation of players on the line—and one of those potential members hasn’t arrived on campus yet.
Five-star member of the 2018 class Nicolas Petit-Frere was mentioned by Meyer in his post-game presser after the spring game. With one of the more experienced members of the offensive line leaving in Burrell, if there was a need to fill the void as fast as possible, then Petit-Frere fits the bill.
“A guy that’s been here, watching,” Meyer said of Petit-Frere after the spring game. “A very talented young man.”
Talent is something that’s been a constant around the Ohio State football program, but the Tampa native will be arriving in Columbus as the No. 1 offensive tackle in the ‘18 class. There aren’t too many people at 6-foot-6 walking around with the athletic ability of NPF. Meyer realized that Petit-Frere was taking in what he was seeing at the visits—and was paying attention. That could go a long way when he arrives on campus, as he may be seeing playing time right off the bat.