It's not just a coincidence that Ohio State has won the last four Big Ten titles. Judging by the way the Buckeyes have recruited top-tier talent over the last decade or so, it's essentially an inevitability, and all implications show that it will not slow down any time soon.
For instance, according to the 247sports composite rankings, the Buckeyes have landed twelve prospects that are ranked in the top 100 in the 2021 recruiting class alone, To put that in perspective, that's more than what all of the other teams in the Big Ten have landed combined!
What's crazy is that Ohio State is projected to land more, including the number one overall recruit in J.T. Tuimoloua, a five-star defensive end out of Sammamish, Washington.
Out of all of the star-studded recruits in this class, the one that will have the biggest impact on the 2021 Ohio State football team is TreVeyon Henderson, the nation's top-ranked running back and the most highly touted running back recruit the Buckeyes have landed since Beanie Wells in 2006.
Let's face it, Ohio State is not short of talent at the running back position, as you would expect of such a powerhouse program. But there is a difference between good and great. We saw that difference last season when speculating Ohio State's backfield. Master Teague was good. Trey Sermon was great.
Master Teague, a red-shirt junior to be, has been a reliable running back for the Buckeyes thus far in his career. Getting the starting nod from the get go last year, he eventually lost his starting job to Oklahoma Sooners transfer Trey Sermon, who opted to skip his senior season and enter the 2021 NFL draft.
In his three years in Columbus, Teague has rushed for 1,409 on 256 rushes, averaging 5.5 yards a pop. That being said, there is also a difference between experience and potential, and that's where things will get interesting in 2021.
Like Trey Sermon did in 2020 after nursing an injury, I see Henderson winning the starting job in midseason or so, likely sharing touches with Teague beforehand. While Teague has skill and experience, his ceiling is not as high as that of incoming freshman TreVeyon Henderson, and that is why Henderson will win the starting job.
As mentioned previously, this will be a team that is not short of talent whatsoever. Expect Ohio State to a be a serious contender for not only the Big Ten title next year, but also for a spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff. If the Buckeyes run the Big Ten next year and Henderson is a major contributing factor, he will be named the 2021 Big Ten freshman of the year.