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Chris Slone


There are very few days in sports that can excite the avid fan without some sort of game occurring.

For me, the NFL combine and draft are like national holidays. Another day that resembles Christmas is National Letter of Intent (LOI) day.

LOI day is the day high school recruits sign on the dotted line, pledging their commitment to the respected program of their choice. Until that day, recruits can verbally commit to a school and a week later do the same thing to a different institution.

However, on LOI day, those recruits sign a written agreement, which can not be altered without consequences. Every year, football fans have the chance to see where their favorite team finished in recruiting. And it gives fans the opportunity to see if their teams addressed any weaknesses from the prior year.

Did Ohio State struggle on defense last year, well everyone is aware of that fact.

So, did the Buckeyes address their problem with this years recruiting class? Did OSU add any playmakers on offense? Who finished where in the Big Ten?

Well Buckeye fans, there is no need to fret about next year’s squad. Urban Meyer has once again landed a top-flight recruiting class. According to ESPN rankings, OSU finished seventh nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten.

With 23 total commitments, Ohio State landed 11 players ranked in the ESPN top 300, including the highest rated inside linebacker and No. 13 overall, Raekwon McMillan.The Buckeyes also landed two four-star cornerbacks in Marshon Lattimore and Damon Webb.

On the offensive side of the ball and for the second consecutive year, Meyer poached a player from the state of Florida in Johnnie Dixon who is a four-star wide receiver.

Ohio State was the only Big Ten representative to have a Top 10 recruiting class as Michigan found itself ranked 12 after landing five-star recruit Jabrill Peppers who is the highest rated cornerback in the country and ranked No. 2 overall. Penn State checked in at No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 24 nationally. The Nittany Lions have four ESPN 300 recruits in James Franklin’s first season in Happy Valley.

Michigan State, the defending Big Ten Champions, finished 29th overall and fourth in the Big Ten. The Spartans had zero five-star recruits and only eight four-star pledges.

At the end of the day, the Buckeyes will once again compete for conference and national championship as long as Meyer and his staff keep putting together Top 10 recruiting classes.

Chris Slone can be reached at 353-3101, ext 298, or on Twitter @crslone.

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