2016 Ohio State Football Signing Class
This Ohio State football signing class was considered to be one of the best in the nation.
The class featured one five-star player in Nick Bosa, 17 four-star players, and seven three-star players.
It was ranked fourth overall nationally and first in the Big Ten at the time of its signing in February 2016.
All rankings on this page are 24/7 composite rankings.
St. Thomas Aqu. HS
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
About Nick Bosa
Nick Bosa is ranked a five-star prospect on the 24/7 composite. He is the brother of former Buckeye defensive end Joey Bosa and is rated the top strong side defensive end nationally in this year’s recruiting class. He is also rated the eighth-best prospect overall regardless of position. Bosa is the second-ranked prospect in the state of Forida. He enrolled early at Ohio State on 6/7/2016. His senior season was cut short by injury but is expected to be fully recovered for his first year at Ohio State. He is strong against the run and the pass but exceptionally strong as a pass rusher.
2015 – 21 tackles, 5.0 sacks
2014 – 56 tackles, 5.0 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss.
Nick Bosa Video
Gahanna Lincoln HS
About Jonathon Cooper
Cooper is rated a four-star prospect. He is the 3rd-ranked weak side defensive end prospect and the 32nd-best prospect nationally regardless of position. He is the second-highest ranked prospect in the state of Ohio at any position. Cooper chose OSU over Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Indiana, Illinois and many others. He committed to OSU 11/14/2014 and enrolled at OSU midyear. He will have to get bigger to play the run but is seen as a devastating pass rush specialist.
High School Stats:
2014-2015 – 85 tackles, 13 TFL, 11.5 sacks
2015-2016 – 65 tackles, 18 TFL, 12 sacks
Jonathon Cooper Video
North Ridgeville HS
North Ridgeville, Oh.
About Demario McCall
McCall is the second-ranked all purpose back and 43rd ranked prospect at any position nationally. He is also the third-ranked prospect in the state of Ohio. McCall played in just 11 high school games, seven as a junior and four as a senior. He average 11.6 yards per carry on 118 carries as a junior, 9.6 yards per carry on 48 carries as a senior. His longest run as senior was 76 yards, as a junior 91 yards. McCall chose Ohio State over offers from Oregon, Michigan, Georgia, Notre Dam, UCLA, Tennessee, Penn State, Pitt, Michigan State, Pitt and many others. He is seen as a home run hitter type of tailback that is capable of the big play, but his size may limit how many times he can carry the ball. Will have to get bigger to be an every-down back at Ohio State.
High School Stats
2014-2015 118 carries, 1,366 yards (7 games)
2015-2016 48 carries, 459 yards (4 games)
Demario McCall Video
Bishop Luers HS
Fort Wayne, In.
About Austin Mack
Mack is a four-star prospect rated the No. 10 WR prospect and the 76th-best prospect at any position nationally. He is considered the second-best prospect in the state of Indiana. Mack chose OSU over offers from Alabama, Cal, Michigan, Iowa, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Tennessee, Wisconsin and many others. He brings good size and strength to the receiver position and runs well for a big man. He was primarily a receiver in high school though he did rush the ball effectively when called upon to do so.
2015 – 41 catches, 805 yards, 19.6 yds/catch, 6 TDs, 76 carries for 718 yards
2014 – 69 catches, 1,062 yards, 15.4 yds/catch, 15 TDs, 28 carries for 241 yards
2013 – 57 receptions for 805 yards, 14.1 yds/catch, 3 TDs
Austin Mack Video
The Bullis HS
About Dwayne Haskins
Haskins is a four-star recruit ranked the No. 7 pro style quarterback and 88th-best prospect overall at any position nationally. He is ranked the third-best prospect in the state of Maryland at any position. Haskings chose OSU over Maryland, Penn State, LSU, Rutgers, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Arizona State, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Tennessee and many others. He threw for 3,974 yards in three years in high school that accounted for 45 touchdowns and only 13 interceptions. He played in just 3 games as a senior. In those three games he averaged over 300 yards and 3 touchdowns per game.
High School Stats
2013 – 10 games, 128 attempts, 72 completions (52.9%), 1,130 yds, 14 tds, 6 ints
2014 – 10 games, 259 attempts, 159 completions (61.4%), 1,936 yds, 22 tds, 5 ints
2015 – 3 games, 113 attempts, 65 completions (57.5%), 908 yds, 9 tds, 2 ints
Dwayne Haskins Video
Good Counsel HS
About Keandre Jones
Jones is a four-star prospect rated the 8th-best OLB prospect and 91st best prospect overall at any position nationally. He is rated the fourth-best prospect at any position in the state of Maryland. Jones chose Ohio State over Penn State, Auburn, Maryland, Iowa, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, USC and others. he played just three games as a sophomore and none as junior but had an outstanding senior season.What he lacks in experience he makes up for with raw talent and aggressiveness.
2013 – 3 games, 11 tackles
2014 – DNP
2015 – 10 games, 108 tackles
Keandre Jones Video
Coconut Creek HS
Pompano Beach, Fl.
About Binjimen Victor
Victor is a four-star player rated the 12th-best wide receiver nationally and the 100th-best player overall at any position. He is considered the 17th-best player in the state of Florida regardless of position. Victor chose OSU over offers from Alabama, Tennessee, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska and many others. he brings size to the position that helps make him a threat in the red zone also on 50-50 deep balls. He averaged 20.1 yards per catch as a senior and 84.6 yards per game. He has very good speed but will probably need time in the wight room to be effective at the next level.
High School Stats
2015 – 10 games, 42 catches, 846 yards, 15 touchdowns
Binjimen Victor Video
About Jake Hausmann
Hausmann is a four-star prospect rated the fourth-best tight end nationally and the 121st-best prospect overall at any position. He is considered the 5th-best prospect in the state of Ohio. Hausmann chose OSU over Arkansas, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Penn State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and many others. Hausmann is a do-it-all tight end that is equally effective in the passing game and at the point of attack as a run blocker. Has the frame to get bigger and the work ethic to do just that. He accumulated career totals of 95 receptions for 1,349 yards and 17 touchdowns, was second in the Greater Catholic League in receptions in both 2014 and 2015 and was first-team Division I all-state in 2015 as a senior with special mention all-state honors as a junior. Hausman played on state champion team in 2013 as a sophomore. He caught 50 passes for 718 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, including huge games of 13 receptions vs. the Canada Prep Academy and 11 receptions vs. Don Bosco Prep
Jake Hausmann Video
About Michael Jordan
Jordan is a four-star prospect rated the 14th-best offensive tackle and 128th-best player at any position nationally. He is ranked the third-best prospect at any position in the state of Michigan. Jordan has a big frame and is well-polished coming out of high school. He enrolled at Ohio State in January of 2016 so will have an early jump on earning playing time. He chose Ohio State over offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska, Miami (Florida), Notre Dame and others.
Michael Jordan Video
Old Tappan HS
About Jordan Fuller
Fuller is a four-star prospect who is the 6th-ranked safety in the nation and 131st-ranked prospect overall. He is the 4th-rated prospect in the state of New Jersey at any position. Fuller chose Ohio State over offers from UCLA, Michigan, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, and many, many others. He recorded 10 interceptions in a three-year high school career, six of them as a senior. He also recorded 151 tackles over those three seasons. He played in just eight games his junior season due to injury but participated in 11 as a sophomore and 12 as a senior. Recruited by Ohio State as a safety but was also prolific player on offense in high school. He amassed 4,200 all-purpose yards over his three-year career including 1,822 as a senior. On offense he was used as both a ball carrier and receiver and even took limited snaps at quarterback.
Jordan Fuller Video
Garden City, NY
About Malcolm Pridgeon
Pridgeon is a four-star JUCO prospect who is ranked the 3rd-best junior college offensive tackle in this class and the fourth-best JUCO prospect at any position. He has great size without being flabby. Could potentially compete for playing time very early in his career. He was coveted by almost every major football program before choosing the Buckeyes. He had offers from around the country including Florida, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Syracuse and a host of others. He is probably a natural tackle but could also play guard if needed.
Malcolm Pridgeon Video
About Tyler Gerald
Tyler Gerald is a four-star prospect ranked the 8th-best guard prospect and 163rd-best prospect overall at any position. An Ohio native, he moved to Florida to play for IMG academy. Gerald participated in the Under Armour All-American game. He chose Ohio State over offers from Florida State, Penn State, Toledo, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati and Tennessee. Enrolled at Ohio State on 1/11/2016.
Tyler Gerald Video
North Stanly HS
New London, NC
About Antonio Williams
Antonio Williams is a four-star prospect that is ranked the seventh-best running back in the nation and the 192nd-best overall prospect. He is rated the Fifth-best prospect in North Carolina. Williams is coming off a prep career in which he gained 7,999 yards rushing and averaged 178.8 yards per game for his career with 81 touchdowns scored. He had three-consecutive 2,000-yard seasons (2,150 as a senior; 2,267 as a junior; and 2,170 as a sophomore) and he had at least one 80-plus yard run all four years on varsity. Williams was recruited by Wisconsin, Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida State and Michigan.
Antonio Williams Video
About Luke Farrell
Luke Farrell is the seventh-best tight end prospect nationally and the 192nd-best at any position. He is the eighth-best in the state of Ohio. Farrell has the size to be a very capable blocker and enough athleticism to be an effective receiver as well. He was a four-year starter in basketball, but football is his future. His senior season he had 33 receptions for 446 yards. His junior year he had 43 receptions for 730 yards and six touchdowns.
Luke Farrell Video
About Malik Barrow
Barrow is rated the 30th-best defensive tackle and 300th-best prospect at any position nationally. He is a four-star prospect. His impressive offer list included Miami (Florida), Alabama, Stanford, UCLA, Maryland, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Penn State, Georgia Tech and others. In three years as a varsity starter he accumulated 158 tackles, 17 sacks and 31 tackles for loss. He will most likely start his OSU career as a three-technique.
Malik Barrow Video
About Tuf Borland
Tuf Borland is a four-star prospect rated the 21st-best outside linebacker prospect and 316th best prospect overall. He is the 4th-best prospect in the state of Illinois regardless of position. Borland played both baseball and football in high school. As a football player he was a two-way player, playing tight end and linebacker, but comes to Ohio State strictly as a linebacking prospect. He played on a 5-5 team his senior season, but despite a rather uninspiring team outcome Borland was spectacular. In his senior season Borland had 163 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 interceptions and one forced fumble. He is the brother of former Wisconsin football standout Chris Borland. Wisconsin was thought to be a lock for Tuf but in the end he chose OSU over the Badgers. His offer list also included Kentucky, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue and many others.
Tuf Borland Video
Maple Heights HS
Maple Heights, OH.
About Kierre Hawkins
Kierre Hawkins is a three-star prospect rated the 11th-best tight end prospect and the 325th-best prospect overall. He is the 12th-best prospect in Ohio. He was a two-way player in high school and spent a considerable amount of time at running back but will be a tight end at the collegiate level. In addition to Ohio State he had offers from Bowling Green, Kentucky Illinois and Toledo.
Kierre Hawkins Video
Lake Taylor HS
About Wayne Davis
Wayne Davis is a four-star prospect rated the 33rd-best corner prospect in the nation and 332nd-best overall. He is the sixth-ranked prospect in the state of Virginia. In four seasons at Lake Taylor, Davis helped guide the Titans to a 54-4 record, including two state titles and a state runner-up finish. He capped his career with a stellar season, which earned him 2015 Abe Goldblatt All-Tidewater Player of the Year. Davis finished his senior season with seven interceptions, five of which he returned for touchdowns. Davis also was the 2015 Gatorade Virginia Football Player of the Year. Davis had a very impressive offer list that included Virginia Tech, Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Miami (Florida), Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, Wisconsin and many others.
Wayne Davis Video
About Gavin Cupp
Gavin Cupp is a three-star prospect rated the 41st-best offensive offensive tackle and 411th player overall nationally. He is ranked the 14th-best player in Ohio. Cupp was a one-time Michigan State commit but had his scholarship offer pulled by the Spartans when he attended Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights event without telling the Spartan coaching staff. It all turned out for Cupp when he got an Ohio State offer almost immediately after the Spartans had turned their back on him. Beside Michgan State Cupp had offers from Notre Dame, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Arkansas and others. He is projected as a guard or center prospect at the college level.
Gavin Cupp Video
Walsh Jesuit HS
About Jack Wohlabaugh
Jack Wohlabaugh is a three-star prospect ranked the 20th-best offensive guard prospect and 440th-best prospect overall nationally. He is Ohio’s 16th-best prospect. Wohlabaugh projects to a guard or center at the college level and has experience at center at the high school level. His recruitment came down to a battle between Ohio State and Michigan with the Buckeyes winning out. He had a long offer list that included Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Syracuse, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt and others.
Jack Wohlabaugh Video
Walnut Ridge HS
About Malik Harrison
Malik Harrison is a three-star prospect who is ranked the 40th-best Athlete and 685th-best prospect nationally. He is Ohio’s 26th-best prospect. Recruited by Luke Fickell, he is seen as potentially a walk out linebacker in the mold of former Buckeye Darron Lee who was also recruited by Fickell. He is a versatile athlete who played both basketball and football in high school. As a football player he was a three-year starter as a high school quarterback and at safety where he had a reputation as a big hitter. He projects to any number of positions in college ranging from wide receive on tight end on offense to safety, linebacker or even defensive end on defense. Given Fickell’s past success with Lee, it’s a good bet that Harrison will get a long look at linebacker with the Buckeyes. His offer list included Ohio State, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Iowa, Illinois and others.
Malik Harrison Video
About Drue Chrisman
Drue Chrisman is considered the number one kicker in the nation. In high school he was both a punter and place kicker. As a high school senior he had a long punt of 69 yards and averaged 42 yards per punt on 17 kicks. He had just four field goal attempts his senior season and made two of them, the longest coming from 41 yards out. Chrisman’s reputation comes mostly from kicking camps where he has excelled at punting, field goal accuracy as well as leg strength on kick offs. He had scholarship offers from BYU, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, UCLA, Minnesota, Boston College, North Carolina State and others. Due to a scholarship crunch at Ohio State he may pay his own way his first season depending on how things work out with scholarships and other players.
Drue Chrisman Video
About Rodjay Burns
Rodjay Burns is a three-star prospect ranked 73rd-best corner and 774th prospect overall. Burns played safety and wide receiver in high school and had 54 tackles and eight interceptions combined as a junior and senior and was named a first-team all-state performer both years by the Associated Press. He scored 14 receiving touchdowns in 2015, seven in 2014 and had a punt return score each year. Burns totaled 91 receptions and 1,462 yards his final two seasons as receiver and helped Trinity to 11-win seasons each year. Burns was runner-up for Kentucky Mr. Football as a senior. His offer list included Louisville, Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Kentucky.
Rodjay Burns Video
Erasmus Hall HS
Brooklyn, New York
About Jahsen Wint
Jahsen Wint is the 60th-ranked athlete nationally and 877th player overall. He is the number two-ranked player in the state of New York. Wint projects as a safety for the Buckeyes. He comes from the same school as current Buckeye Curtis Samuel. Wint played linebacker as a senior but has the speed to be a safety at the college level. Though his composite rating is not particularly high he drew the interest of some very major college programs during his recruitment. Among them were schools like Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, Pitt, Boston College, Temple and many others.
Jahsen Wint Video
About Kareem Felder
Kareem Felder is a three-star prospect ranked the 76th-best cornerback prospect and 809th-best prospect overall. In 12 games as a senior he had 34 tackles, two tackles for loss, 4 interceptions, seven passes defended, caused one fumble, blocked one punt and blocked one PAT. He selected Ohio State over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Miami (Florida), Boston College, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia Tech and many others.
Kareem Felder Video