Ryan Day made it through his first signing day mostly unscathed, and certainly with more positive news than negative news.
Such is life at Ohio State, of course, where talented high school players want to be molded into talented college football players.
The Buckeyes signed 15 players on the opening day of the early signing period.
All told, OSU signed three 5-star prospects, seven 4-star prospects, and five 3-star prospects.
They aren’t entirely done yet, however, as they will look to add a few more players in February with the final signing period.
Only one OSU commit failed to sign on Wednesday, as West Virginia offensive lineman Doug Nester is going to keep his options open and wait to see what Ryan Day does with his staff.
While he is waiting, he is also allowing himself to be recruited by other schools.
Even without Nester, however, there is plenty to talk about with each of Ohio State’s signees.
So let’s get started.
|Steele Chambers | RB | 6-2 215 | No. 10 ATH | No. 240 Overall|
Roswell, GA [Blessed Trinity Catholic] ✪✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|Fast enough. Could be a 230-pounder before you know it. Can run upright at times, but doesn’t take big hits. Shiftier than you would expect, but does it while playing fast. Good hands. Physical runner, which you would expect from a guy who also plays linebacker.|
|Marcus Crowley | RB| 6-1 200 | No. 26 RB | No. 410 Overall|
Jacksonville, FL [Trinity Christian Academy] ✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Big-play running back who just finds a way into large openings. Has the speed to go the distance. Patient when he needs to be. Very good vision. Rushed for over 2,000 yards and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Florida. Once the OSU coaches saw what he was doing as a senior, they made him a priority and landed him quickly.|
|Tommy Eichenberg | LB | 6-3 225 | No. 20 ILB | No. 323 Overall|
Cleveland, Ohio [St. Ignatius] ✪✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|All-State selection with 23 tackles for loss as a middle linebacker. Gets into the backfield quickly but under control. Can run laterally very well and keep pace with skill players stretching the play wide. Projects to middle linebacker for the Buckeyes.|
|Zach Harrison | DE | 6-5 243 | No. 1 SDE | No. 4 Overall|
Lewis Center, Ohio [Olentangy Orange] ✪✪✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Perhaps the most physically-gifted athlete that Ohio State has signed since Terrelle Pryor in 2008. Harrison has run a 10.8 100m dash and been clocked at sub-4.5s in the 40-yard dash. Still a bit raw, but he has everything that defensive line coach Larry Johnson could hope to work with. Johnson doesn’t like to put his freshmen in a position to fail, so it will be up to Harrison to show Johnson that he can handle the playing time. Arguably the most-significant signee of the class for the Buckeyes.|
|Cormontae Hamilton | TE | 6-2 263 | No. 29 TE | No. 691 Overall|
Memphis, Tenn. [Whitehaven] ✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|Short for a tight end, which tells you that he can make up for his lack of height with the rest of his skill set. Well-built and will grow as a blocker. Can get downfield and get the better of linebackers. Will likely redshirt because of the players in front of him.|
|Ronnie Hickman | SAF | 6-1 200 | No. 9 SAF | No. 112 Overall|
Wayne, N.J. [DePaul Catholic] ✪✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Had his senior season cut short by injury. Played both ways for his high school, but projects to safety for the Buckeyes. Ohio State needs safety depth and Hickman could be in the two deep pretty quickly. His ball skills from playing receiver show well on defense, and when he does get his hands on the ball as a safety, he quickly turns into an offensive player.|
|Ryan Jacoby | OL | 6-5 270 | No. 26 OT | No. 296 Overall|
Mentor, Ohio [Mentor] ✪✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Jacoby was one of two offensive linemen to sign on Wednesday. Could play either tackle or guard for the Buckeyes. Will likely redshirt as a true freshman and then battle for a spot somewhere on the depth chart. First-Team All-State each of the last two years playing left tackle. He is a finisher who gets out of his stance quickly and can cover a ton of ground run blocking.|
|Jaden McKenzie | DT | 6-3 285 | No. 58 DT | No. 865 Overall|
Wake Forest, N.C. [Wake Forest] ✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|The lowest-ranked signee for the Buckeyes, but he held offers from Ohio State, Clemson, Duke, Wisconsin, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and others. Very active. Has 168 tackles over the last two seasons. Plays defensive end in a 3-4 front, which projects him to exactly the kind of 3-tech defensive tackle that Larry Johnson loves. Ryan Day has said his Buckeye defenses will have multiple fronts and McKenzie is the kind of player who can have a role in a variety of alignments.|
|Harry Miller | OL | 6-4 310 | No. 2 OC | No. 31 Overall|
Buford, Ga. [Buford] ✪✪✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|If Hollywood was going to reboot Billy Price, you’d get Harry Miller. He’s the biggest and strongest guy on the field. He played a lot of left tackle, which will help his pass blocking development at Ohio State. Where he truly excels, however, is in the running game. Most running plays could essentially be considered anti-anti-bullying campaigns. The interior offensive line could be fairly deep next year, but a spot in the 2-deep isn’t out of the question.|
|Noah Potter | DE | 6-5 250 | No. 24 SDE | No. 330 Overall|
Mentor, Ohio [Mentor] ✪✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|All-Ohio the last two years. Had 49 tackles, 9 TFLs, 5 sacks, and 30 QB hurries as a senior. Long athlete. Plays a lot of 3-4 defensive end, which allows him to use his quickness to split guards and tackles. Relentless pass rusher who will fight through double teams and chips.|
|Bryson Shaw | SAF | 6-2 175 | No. 47 SAF | No. 570 Overall|
Potomac, Md. [The Bullis School] ✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|Originally committed to Wisconsin. Conference’s defensive player of the year with 30 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Fast and physical. Shows tremendous speed as a slot back and can get the edge on the defense. Will add weight and become a long, tall safety with range.|
|Cade Stover | LB | 6-4 225 | No. 5 OLB | No. 106 Overall|
Lexington, Ohio [Lexington] ✪✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|Is a lunchpail linebacker who also uses his lunchpail to hammer running backs. A tremendous athlete and also his school’s all-time leading scorer in basketball. Plays some hybrid safety, but projects as a linebacker for the Buckeyes as long as he doesn’t grow into a defensive end. Ohio’s Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year. Notched 163 tackles and 1,477 yards rushing as a senior. Deletes ball-carriers and passes over the middle. Expect fireworks as a freshman on special teams.|
|Jameson Williams | WR | 6-2 170 | No. 24 WR | No. 140 Overall|
St. Louis, Mo. [Cardinal Ritter College Prep] ✪✪✪✪ | Summer Enrollee
|Uniquely dynamic playmaker. Legit track speed with an instant on switch. Still shifty enough to turn screens into home runs. Parris Campbell speed with more moves. Caught 68 passes for 1,626 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. Not just a deep threat. May need a year to get stronger, but any offense should be able to find a role for his skill set in 2019.|
|Garrett Wilson | WR | 6-1 180 | No. 2 WR | No. 16 Overall|
Austin, Texas [Lake Travis] ✪✪✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Wilson is the most dynamic receiver Ohio State has signed since Chris Olave. Had 1,151 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns as a senior despite missing time with an injury. Wilson has been the best player on whatever field he steps on. He high points footballs and catches everything. He handles traffic better than a New York City cab driver. He can be a deep threat or make defenders miss behind the line of scrimmage. Great field awareness. Should be in the 2-deep as a true freshman.|
|Craig Young | ATH | 6-4 200 | No. 33 ATH | No. 599 Overall|
Fort Wayne, Ind. [Wayne] ✪✪✪ | Early Enrollee
|Earned an Ohio State offer at camp in the summer and accepted it. The OSU coaches put him through a number of paces and couldn’t say no to him. Likely projects to linebacker. Played wide receiver and outside linebacker in high school. Caught 35 passes for 700 yards and compiled 27 tackles and three interceptions. Ran a 10.7 100m as a junior.|