While we’re still three days out from real life Ohio State football taking place, it’s already been quite the eventful week the Buckeyes. Not only have we been celebrating current players as many have received their Big Ten awards this week, but Wednesday was also National Signing Day— and folks, if you didn’t already know, the future of Buckeye Football is looking real bright.
In case you missed it (you likely did because all 21 commits signed before noon), check out this thread of graphics that our own oh-so-talented Gene Ross made via the link below.
ICYMI: Ohio State signed all 21 of its 2021 commits before lunch time on Wednesday. Let's run through all of the newest Buckeyes in what is an absolutely stacked class for Ryan Day and his staff. https://t.co/XxLTg5FxiI— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) December 16, 2020
As always, Ohio State absolutely dominated compared to the rest of the conference in terms of signing the nation’s top talent. A tale as old as time.
Ohio State signed 12 of the top 100 players in the country. The rest of the Big Ten combined signed eight of the top 100. The Big Ten signed seven five-stars -- five are going to Ohio State. Wisconsin and Michigan signed the other two.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) December 16, 2020
They also finished with the No. 2 overall recruiting class with a score of 310.39, finishing just under Alabama who scored 315.72.
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 16, 2020
Join us live on the Big Ten Network for #NationalSigningDay coverage. pic.twitter.com/bgdMmP3YF3
And as it stands right now, Ohio State currently holds a verbal commitment from the top overall recruit in the 2022 class, QB Quinn Ewers.
.@OhioStateFB becomes the first program in the ESPN 300 era (since 2006) to sign the top overall recruit in back-to-back classes.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 16, 2020
2021: DE Jack Sawyer
2020: WR Julian Fleming pic.twitter.com/cLAXRTAZLQ
Here’s what the masters themselves had to say about the legendary class they put together.
Ryan Day believes he and his staff have secured “the best class in the country for Ohio State,” and Mark Pantoni says “winning is a great recipe for recruiting.” https://t.co/AXQoxDqGBm— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 16, 2020
The Big Ten announced its defensive awards today and, quite frankly to everyone’s surprise, Shaun Wade was named the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year.
We all know Wade is talented and—when he’s on his A-game—deserves this title and then some, however we haven’t really seen A-game-Wade come out to play much this season. In his defense though, he hasn’t had many chances to... literally come out and play, so all things considered, this was a good call by the B1G imo.
They call @OhioStateFB DBU for a reason. ♂️— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) December 16, 2020
Congrats to @shaunwade24 on winning the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year Award. #B1GAwards pic.twitter.com/lTcLiVFIQL
Here is where the rest of the Buckeyes stand in the All-Big Ten Football Team (defense), starting with the media’s selections. Tommy Togiai was named second team All-Big Ten, while Jonathon Cooper and Pete Werner were named third team.
- ( ) . pic.twitter.com/qfAXtjwq3i— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 16, 2020
A lot more Buckeyes found themselves on the coaches’ selection however. Pete Werner joins Shaun Wade as first team All-Big Ten. Zach Harrison joins Togiai as second team All-Big Ten, while Haskell Garrett and Baron Browning join Cooper as third-team.
- ( ) . pic.twitter.com/z3BsdLfgbv— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 16, 2020
Ohio State is standing strong in the No. 4 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, despite not having played over the weekend. It’s safe to assume a win over Northwestern will sign seal and deliver their way into the playoffs, and may even bump them to No. 3 considering the committee won’t want another Notre Dame/Clemson matchup for the third time this season.
Here are the #CFBPlayoff selection committee’s top four before Selection Weekend.— College Football Playoff (@CFBPlayoff) December 16, 2020
1️⃣. Alabama // @AlabamaFTBL // #RollTide
2️⃣. Notre Dame // @NDFootball // #GoIrish
3️⃣. Clemson // @ClemsonFB // #AllIn
4️⃣. Ohio State // @OhioStateFB // #GoBucks
Who’s in? Tune in Sunday.
From around the hardwood...
I told you this week, specifically today, was an eventful one! It was announced that the Ohio State men’s basketball team will now face UCLA this Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic instead of North Carolina.
“The revised schedule was created to more closely align COVID-19 testing protocols between the competing programs and their respective conferences,” the CBS Sports Classic said.
North Carolina vs. Kentucky will now be at 2:00 p.m., followed by Ohio State vs. UCLA at 4:15 p.m. on Saturday.
Ohio State will now face UCLA on Saturday in the CBS Sports Classic instead of North Carolina. FREE on @Bucknuts247https://t.co/ZWSVGBvsWO pic.twitter.com/Kjn6hitTO5— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy) December 16, 2020
Don’t forget Ohio State Hoops also has a game against Purdue tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET! Connor has your game preview and prediction here: