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Farewell And Thank You, Ohio State Class Of 2013

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Corporal Buck, reporting for duty.  For those of you caught off-guard by my introduction there, I am merely following the recommendations of Tony Gerdeman, who suggested all Buckeye fan use the Ohio State Superfan generator.  If you have not yet done so, I highly recommend it.

Last week, the NFL Draft saw seven Ohio State Buckeyes selected.  Congratulations to all of those young men, and sincere best wishes to all of them as they pursue their dreams of a career in professional football.

A popular Tweet that has been making the rounds on social media has discussed how the 2014 Ohio State Buckeyes has had 48 players from that team get a shot at a career in the NFL.

What is even more impressive is that this number will probably grow after the 2019 NFL Draft, when potentially seven redshirt seniors will be eligible to be picked.

When reviewing last week’s NFL Draft, as well as that impressive tweet, it made me realize that the 2018 NFL Draft represented a farewell to what was the backbone of that national championship team – the 2013 recruiting class.

Even though many of those players were redshirt freshmen or true sophomores, the talent from that 2013 recruiting class is truly impressive when you think about it.

Twenty-four players were signed on February 6, 2013.

Of the twenty-four signed, only three players (Jayme Thompson, Tim Gardner, and Mike Mitchell) departed the program during or after their freshman season due to transfer or a disciplinary issue.

Seven players ended up as contributors to the program, with Evan Lisle finishing out his collegiate career at Duke, and James Clark finishing out his collegiate career at Virginia Tech.

The remaining fourteen players emerged as starters, some as early as the 2013 season, in the case of superstar Joey Bosa.  Marcus Baugh and Chris Worley finished up their careers as starters in 2016 and 2017, after being contributors earlier for Ohio State.

2013 Ohio State Recruiting Class

Eli Apple*CB6-01842-year starter; 1st rd NFL Draft pick
J.T. Barrett*QB6-12254-year starter; holds every record ever
Marcus BaughTE6-42452-year starter
Vonn BellSAF6-11902-year starter; All-American; 2nd rd pick
Joey BosaDL6-52702x All-American; 3rd overall draft pick
Cam Burrows*CB5-11200Special teams contributor; injuries
James ClarkWR5-11170Injuries; eventual transfer
Gareon ConleyATH6-21702-year starter; captain; 1st rd pick
Ezekiel ElliottRB6-0210Silver Football; Sullivan Award; Bama beater
Tim GardnerOL6-5320Never enrolled
Michael HillDL6-2305Starter in 2016
Trey JohnsonLB6-2220Injuries ended career
Tyquan Lewis*DE6-32233-year starter; 2016 B1G DL of the Year
Darron LeeATH6-22052-year starter; 1st rd pick
Evan LisleOL6-6290Graduated; transferred
Jalin MarshallWR6-0190Contributor 2014, 2015; left early for NFL
Mike MitchellLB6-4225Transferred
Donovan MungerDL6-3290Health concerns ended his career
Billy PriceDL6-4305OSU record for starts; AA; Rimington
Corey SmithWR6-1180Part of 6-man WR rotation in 2014, 2015
Tracy Sprinkle*DE6-2241Captain 2017
Jayme ThompsonSAF6-2185Injuries, transfer
Dontre WilsonATH5-101744-year contributor; held back by injuries
Christopher WorleySAF6-31952-year starter; captain

*Enrolled at Ohio State in January 2013

On February 6, 2013, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer stated, “This year it was a full cycle of recruiting, and I’m very impressed with our coaching staff.”

Twenty-four players signed, with twenty-one either contributing or starting during their five years of eligibility. That is an astonishing 88% success rate.  Two B1G Championships (2014, 2017), one Fiesta Bowl win (2015), one Cotton Bowl win (2017), and one national championship (2014).

Yes, Coach Meyer – I am impressed by what you and your coaching staff were able to accomplish with this group of young men also.

2 Responses

  1. I agree that 2015 will always be a head scratcher.

  2. 2015! WTF happened? We can get over the 4th & 1 Braxton QB dive in the 2013 B1G Championship game that cost us a shot at the National Title (clearly that play should have gone to Carlos Hyde who was averaging over 6 ypc in that game). We can get over PSU 2016 (where Curtis Samuel only got two carries…one of which went for 75 yds). But 2015 will never be explicable.

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