As the February signing period nears, Ohio State is hoping to continue building on their elite 2021 class. Though the staff is not fully back to work yet in Columbus after some much needed time away, it’s safe to assume that the recruiting efforts never stopped. You don’t get to where the Buckeyes currently are on the recruiting trail without the relentless effort we’re seeing daily, and because of that the success is continuing on.
With the early enrollees now in Columbus, the next wave of Ohio State football is about to take shape. Thankfully, because of those same recruiting efforts, it’s not a far cry to expect the Buckeyes to be among the best in the country once again competing to play for a national championship in 2021.
Latest 247Sports 2021 recruiting update good to Ohio State signees
Everybody knows how successful Ohio State’s incoming class is. The talent, accolades, and even the expectations are off the charts already for this group of players who for the most part are just getting settled into Columbus for college life. While these elite prospects get ready to begin their lives as Buckeyes, yesterday the class got at least one last little bit of recognition as 247Sports released it’s latest recruiting rankings update for the 2021 class, and the Ohio State signees were all over the list as expected.
An updated Top247 for 2021: Among other huge moves, the 5-star field is set. Via @gabrieldbrookshttps://t.co/DEGhQDlgFf pic.twitter.com/QPLxQxCisl— 247Sports (@247Sports) January 27, 2021
Currently ranked as the second-best class in the country behind only Alabama, Ohio State’s 2021 group is basically about as good as it gets. With the latest update, the Buckeyes now boast four signees in the top 10 of the Top247 rankings. Thanks to Jack Sawyer, who checks in as the fifth-best player, Donovan Jackson, the sixth-best player, Emeka Egbuka, the eighth-best player, and finally TreVeyon Henderson, the 10th-best player nationally, this group of four gives Ohio State the most signees in the top 10 of any program in the country — even more than the aforementioned Alabama.
What’s incredible is the very solid possibility that Ohio State could actually improve on this mark by landing J.T. Tuimoloau, who of course Buckeye fans are familiar with as he is their top remaining target, and should be since he’s regarded as not only the best defensive end in the country for 247Sports, but the best player in the entire class per the new Top247. If the Buckeyes are able to reel in another top caliber player, this would give Ohio State an unbelievable 50-percent of the top 10 players in the country, which is truly unheard of and a testament to what this staff is doing on the trail.
In addition to the top of the class, Ohio State also checks in with 17 of their current 21 signees ranked in the Top247. In this latest update, no Ohio State player moved drastically, but a few did move either up or down a few spots. Moving up a couple of spots respectively was TreVeyon Henderson, who moved up one spot from 11 to 10, Zen Michalski, who moved up two spots from 209 to 207, Denzel Burke, who also moved up two spots from 222 to 220, and finally Ben Christman who also moved up two spots from 225 to 223 overall.
Lastly, while the Buckeyes mainly saw great news, a few of their commits did see a little drop in their standing. Not a huge deal by any means, the following players dropped in the rankings, but only at most four spots total. Jordan Hancock, Kyle McCord, Jayden Ballard, Reid Carrico, Evan Pryor, Jakailin Johnson, Jantzen Dunn, Tyleik Williams, and Marvin Harrison Jr. all saw their stocks decrease a bit, but again, with 17 players of the 21 signees all in the Top247 with the potential for more, it’s easy to see why the Buckeyes have the second-best class in the country and one the staff is extremely excited for.
- Per Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, 2023 pro-style quarterback prospect Tad Hudson (Cornelius, NC/William Amos Hough) is “very interested” in Ohio State and what they have to offer. Currently, Tad ranks as the fourth-best pro-style signal caller in the 2023 class and is also regarded as the top player in North Carolina as well as the 27th-best player nationally in his cycle. Though he has yet to receive an Ohio State offer, Hudson is a QB prospect you will want to keep track of moving forward.