The 2019 Recruiting Early Signing Period, or what Nashville WNSR sports radio host Bill King has referred to as “Commitmas“, has seen Ohio State sign fifteen players for the 2019 recruiting class. How many more players, and which other positions, will be determined by February 6, 2019, the traditional Letter Of Intent date.
Watching The Big Ten Network from home at 9am on December 19th, Ohio State was repeatedly referred to as having the top recruiting classes within The B1G from 2012 onward. B1G rivals such as Michigan and Penn State were being lauded for their recruiting classes, while Ohio State was more of an afterthought by the hosts of the program.
Ohio State as an afterthought all changed when…
- Zach Harrison’s Commitment Provided Positive Momentum
Zach Harrison chooses Ohio State!
— Buckeye Videos+ (@BuckeyeVideos) December 19, 2018
During the morning of December 19th, Ohio State suffered the decommitments of defensive back Jordan Battle to Alabama and quarterback Dwan Mathis to Georgia. The loss of Battle was expected, the loss of Mathis was rumored heading into the day, and was confirmed by Mathis at his respective signing ceremony. It would be accurate to say that all Ohio State eyes were focused upon Olentangy Orange High School, and were truly hoping that Harrison would stay true to the local school only a few miles away.
Needless to say, as seen and heard by the above video clip, Harrison’s announcement that he was going to be a Buckeye was the best and most welcome news on what had been a somewhat ho-hum recruiting day up until that point. The expectations will be high by the Ohio State fan base, and Harrison will be compared to the players who preceded him at the position (Joey and Nick Bosa).
The positive jolt of electricity that Harrison gave to the 2019 recruiting class was the highlight of the day.
2. Ryan Day Emphasized The Roster Numbers
Scary thought for B1G: @OhioStateFB doesn't lose a lot of seniors.
Another scary thought for B1G: OSU's signing class, while small, is strong.
— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) December 19, 2018
At the press conference announcing the players who had signed (DL Jaden McKenzie had not yet signed at that time), Coach Day stated, “We had three guys right now declare, so there’s some moving pieces there. There may be another couple few guys that we’re obviously going to recruit going into the February signing period, but we’re going to keep working through January, and then as that number moves around, we’ll adjust from there.”
While players such as Nick Bosa, Dre’Mont Jones, and Mike Weber have already declared for the 2019 NFL Draft, and most Ohio State fans believe Dwayne Haskins will as well following the 2019 Rose Bowl, Ohio State is kind of in a holding pattern until after the bowl game.
Quite simply, Ohio State is sitting at the 85 scholarship number that is allowed for the 2019 season. Until other players announce their intentions for 2019, Ohio State fans should not be expecting a mass number of additions to this recruiting class.
3. The Recruiting Continuity Was Evident In The Messaging
Dynasty Mode, Phase 1: ☑️
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 19, 2018
By now, every Ohio State fan has viewed this terrific video that welcomed the 2019 recruiting class. @SammySilv outdid himself with this effort.
For a new head coach in Ryan Day who has emphasized that Ohio State will maintain the strong program that Urban Meyer has built since 2012, the message was clear.
While the numbers may be down due to roster constraints for the 2019 recruiting class, the 2020 recruits have been sent a loud indication that Ryan Day will be doing whatever possible to earn their trust, and potentially their commitments, as the calendar will be switching from 2018 to 2019 in less than two weeks.