Morning Conversational: What Is Ohio State Still Missing In the 2020 Recruiting Class?
Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class is currently sitting at 19 verbal commitments, which is a lot.
In fact, it is the most the Buckeyes have had by July 4 since Jim Tressel had 20 at this point in the 2009 class. That class finished No. 5 in the nation and featured five Top 100 players (Dorian Bell, Jaamal Berry, Jamie Wood, Duron Carter, and Melvin Fellows).
With 19 commitments at the moment, we can already paint a pretty decent picture of the areas that are set and the areas that still need work.
If we just go down the line, position by position, you’ll see for yourself where needs arise.
QB – Jack Miller
WR – Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott, Julian Fleming
TE – Joe Royer
OL – Paris Johnson, Luke Wypler, Grant Toutant, Josh Fryar, Jakob James, Trey Leroux
DE – Ty Hamilton, Darrion Henry
LB – Cody Simon, Mitchell Melton
CB – Lejond Cavazos, Clark Phillips
K – Jake Seibert
ATH – Cameron Martinez
The Buckeyes are still waiting on a pair of running backs and they are currently the perceived favorites for 5-star Arizona prospect Bijan Robinson and 4-star all-purpose back Jaylan Knighton. If something unforeseen happens there, then they will have to adjust their plans.
Four-star Ohio running back Michael Drennen put OSU in his Top 10 yesterday.
— Mike Drennen II (@UhhMyNameDonut) July 4, 2019
At receiver, even with the Buckeyes’ already-impressive haul, they are expected to add Top 100 slot receiver Mookie Cooper. Michigan athlete Cameron Martinez committed yesterday and could end up on at receiver or defense, though the need at this point is defense.
Tight end Joe Royer is likely going to be the only tight end commit for the Buckeyes as numbers get tighter. Having six offensive linemen takes up room in a recruiting class just as it would in an elevator or a minivan.
The defensive line has two commits with defensive ends Ty Hamilton and Darrion Henry. For now, we’ll call Henry a defensive end, but he could end up at tackle as well.
The Buckeyes are still recruiting defensive linemen similar to Henry who could end up inside or outside in North Carolina linemen Jacolbe Cowan and Kedrick Bingley-Jones. They are both Top 200 players with major offers and would be welcome additions in this class. And they’d sure love a true defensive tackle like Texas prospect Vernon Broughton.
With linebackers Cody Simon and Mitchell Melton committed, the wait now comes down to Californian Kourt Williams who could be a linebacker or a Bullet.
With two cornerbacks committed, the Buckeyes would certainly welcome more, especially if they are 5-star LSU commit Elias Ricks.
Arizona safety Lathan Ransom is believed to be leaning toward Ohio State and will be committed on July 16. Michigan safety Makari Paige is still in the picture as well.
Just looking over the possibilities and probabilities, the defensive line is the area of most concern.
If we go ahead and add in the players who are currently predicted to commit to Ohio State — RBs Bijan Robinson and Jaylan Knight, WR Mookie Cooper, LB Kourt Williams, and SAF Lathan Ransom — that gets the Buckeyes to 24 commits. Kicker Jake Seibert is expected to be a grayshirt, however, so that number comes back down to 23.
The need for defensive linemen is still the most pressing need, and where the bulk of the attention may need to go to fill out the 2020 class.
In addition, because the Buckeyes didn’t sign any cornerbacks in 2019, adding a couple more in 2020 wouldn’t be the worst idea. Especially when they can also be moved to safety when needed.
A second quarterback remains a possibility as well.