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Early Signing Period: All of the official members of Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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Matt Tamanini Matt Tamanini is the co-managing editor of Land-Grant Holy Land having joined the site in 2016.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The air is chilled, lights are hung, gifts are about to be given, what more could you possibly want from a holiday? So, after months of planning and weeks of increasing anticipation, happy first day of the NCAA’s Division I Football Early Signing Period, friends!

Though the departure of co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley has thrown a bit of a wrench into some of the Ohio State Buckeyes’ plans for the next three days, for the most part, things have gone about as well as could be anticipated for the first true Ryan Day recruiting class.

Coming into the day, the Buckeyes have the fourth-rated class nationally, and could theoretically move up to third at around 12:30 p.m. ET with the commitment of the second quarterback in their class, but more on that in a minute.

We will update this article as the National Letters of Intent are officially confirmed by Ohio State. As Gene Ross wrote in this morning’s State Secrets column linked above, there aren’t many surprises expected today, but there is one announcement that the Buckeyes will be watching.

Because of the transfers of Tathan Martell and Matthew Baldwin, and flip of D’wan Mathis to Florida State, the OSU quarterback room is not as deep and talented as Day and his staff would like. So, the plan has been to sign two QBs in the 2020 class, in hopes of stabilizing the position behind Justin Fields next season and providing a base moving forward.

Four-star Arizona quarterback Jack Miller, the No. 290 player in the country (thanks primarily to recurring injuries), has been committed to the Buckeyes since July of 2018, but today, OSU will hope to add the No. 2 prostyle quarterback, and No. 83 player overall, CJ Stroud. He will commit in a ceremony at his high school in Rancho Cucamonga, Cali. at 9:30 a.m. PT. More on that this afternoon.

Now, let’s welcome all of the new officially signed Buckeyes:

Jakob James | Offensive Guard

Cincinnati, Ohio
6-foot-5, 285 pounds
National: 834 | Position: 53

Trey Leroux | Offensive Tackle

Norwalk, Ohio
6-foot-8, 355 pounds
National: N/A | Position: 89

Lejond Cavazos | Safety

Bradenton, Fla.
6-foot-1, 196 pounds
National: 159 | Position: 26

Jacolbe Cowan | Defensive Tackle

Charlotte N.C.
6-foot-5, 262 pounds
National: 161 | Position: 15

Julian Fleming | Wide Receiver

Catawissa, Penn.
6-foot-2, 199 pounds
National: 2 | Position: 1

Cody Simon | Linebacker

Jersey City, N.J.
6-foot-1, 218 pounds
National: 123 | Position: 9

Grant Toutant | Offensive Lineman

Warren, Mich.
6-foot-7, 320 pounds
National: 464 | Position: 37

Luke Wypler | Offensive Center

Montvale, N.J.
6-foot-3, 285 pounds
National: 96 | Position: 2

Mitchell Melton | Linebacker

Olney, Mary.
6-foot-3, 235 pounds
National: 541 | Position: 37

Joe Royer | Tight End

Cincinnati, Ohio
6-foot-5, 225 pounds
National: 406 | Position: 11

Ty Hamilton | Defensive End

Pickerington, Ohio
6-foot-3, 250 pounds
National: 753 | Position: 36

Paris Johnson Jr. | Offensive Tackle

Cincinnati, Ohio
6-foot-7, 290 pounds
National: 7 | Position: 1

Jake Seibert | Kicker

Cincinnati, Ohio
6-foot-1, 190 pounds
National: N/A | Position: 2

Miyan Williams | Running Back

Cincinnati, Ohio
5-foot-10, 210 pounds
National: 622 | Position: 46

Josh Fryar | Offensive Guard

Beech Grove, Ind.
6-foot-5, 305 pounds
National: 428 | Position: 20

Jaxon Smith-Njigba | Wide Receiver

Rockwell, Texas
6-foot-1, 188 pounds
National: 33 | Position: 5

Mookie Cooper | Wide Receiver

Maryland Heights, Mo.
5-foot-8, 193 pounds
National: 82 | Position: 15

Darrion Henry | Defensive Tackle

Cincinnati, Ohio
6-foot-4, 279 pounds
National: 166 | Position: 16

Lathan Ransom | Safety

Tucson, Ariz.
6-foot, 193 pounds
National: 79 | Position: 5

Ryan Watts | Cornerback

Little Elm, Texas
6-foot-2, 187 pounds
National: 258 | Position: 17

Jack Miller | Quarterback

Scottsdale, Ariz.
6-foot-4, 210 pounds
National: 290 | Position: 14

Gee Scott Jr. | Wide Receiver

Sammamish, Wash.
6-foot-2, 207 pounds
National: 62 | Position: 12

Kourt Williams | Linebacker

Bellflower, Cali.
6-foot-1, 216 pounds
National: 153 | Position: 11

CJ Stroud | Quarterback

Rancho Cucamonga, Cali.
6-foot-2, 194 pounds
National: 83 | Position: 2