Reasonable Fiction: What the No. 1-Ranked Recruiting Class in 2021 Would Look Like for Ohio State


On Tuesday, we talked about Ohio State’s 2020 class and which commits are the very best candidates to make an early impression in massive video games subsequent season. 

Right this moment, we shift to the 2021 class and likewise sit up for make some probably outlandish predictions, which was impressed by this remark from my man or lady who’s presumably representing Illinois with me.

Question 1

I noticed this remark final Friday whereas engaged on the weekly mailbag Hurry Up after which I proceeded to spend the subsequent hour fidgeting with 247Sports activities’ class calculator grinding by means of eventualities which will by no means occur. It was the identical as utilizing ESPN’s NBA Commerce Machine, besides barely extra believable.

The query I requested myself after seeing this remark was What’s a reasonably reasonable dream situation that might play out that will land Ohio State the No. 1 recruiting class in 2021?

So I went by means of and made a listing.

A listing? A listing!

As Eleven Warriors‘ personal Colin Hass-Hill detailed final Friday, Ohio State soccer is trying flawless proper now on and off the sector. That features incomes the No. 1 rating within the preliminary Faculty Soccer Playoff rankings for the primary time ever.

So it is time to assume even larger, and that might imply the top-ranked class in 2021. If the Buckeyes get these 22 gamers, it could give them a factors ranking of 319.50, their highest all-time complete simply forward of 2018 (317.06) and 2017 (312.14), every of which completed second general. 

That 319.50 ranking* could be increased than the typical ranking of the No. 1 general class for the final 11 years (together with 2020) of 314.52, and it could eclipse the No. 1 general rating of six of these 11 whereas tying one.

The next is not going to occur.

However it might.

I imply, it will not.

However it may.

So let’s name this reasonable fiction:

Quarterback: Kyle McCord (★★★★)

Working again: Will Shipley (★★★★★), Corey Kiner (★★★★)

Receiver: Emeka Egbuka (★★★★★), Marvin Harrison Jr. (★★★★), Jayden Ballard (★★★★), Troy Stellato (★★★)

Tight finish: Jordan Dingle (★★★★), Terrance Ferguson (★★★★)

Offensive sort out: Ben Christman (★★★★), Donovan Jackson (★★★★)

Sturdy-side defensive finish: Jack Sawyer (★★★★★), Tunmise Adeleye (★★★★★)

Weak-side defensive finish: Landon Jackson (★★★★★)

Defensive sort out: Damon Payne (★★★★), Michael Corridor Jr. (★★★)

Inside linebacker: Reid Carrico (★★★★)

Cornerback: Tony Grimes (★★★★★), Jakailin Johnson (★★★★)

Security: Derrick Davis Jr. (★★★★), Kamren Kinchens (★★★), Jaylen Johnson (★★★)

*When you add JC Latham, it provides this class a 322.33 ranking (third-highest of all-time), and substituting Latham for Donovan Jackson would give the Buckeyes a 318.99 ranking. Latham and Jackson are each attention-grabbing, as a result of I do not assume Ohio State is essentially searching for three offensive tackles (although it actually would not damage) … however each guys have fairly sturdy Ohio connections (Latham is at IMG Academy, and the Texas native Jackson’s father and mom are from Cleveland and Cincinnati, respectively, and have household nonetheless in Ohio. And each are being actively recruited by present Buckeye commits).

So that will clearly be an All-Star haul for Ryan Day and his All-Star assistants, and possibly at first look it looks like a bunch of random names. However it does, nonetheless, verify off a bunch of containers:

  • Seven Ohio recruits (equaling the 2020 in-state haul), one other 12 months of getting at the very least one Florida recruit, one other Texas recruit to maintain that pipeline going, one Michigan recruit and one Washington recruit for the second straight 12 months, as Brian Hartline begins to open the gates to that state.
  • 4 receivers, 5 defensive backs, two (TWO!) working backs and two tight ends.
  • Fills an superior dream situation for the Buckeyes in getting three five-star defensive linemen.
  • Lastly, it provides Ohio State its most five-star recruits ever (six) and would tie this system with the second-most five-star prospects a program has ever landed (Georgia’s seven in 2018 are essentially the most).

Because it’s enjoyable, and since we love top-five lists right here in Eleven Warriors’ recruiting protection, let’s take a more in-depth have a look at these 5 uncommitted five-star prospects, with apologies to Jack Sawyer for being neglected:

Tunmise Adeleye

Nuts and bolts: 6-foot-3, 260 kilos; No. 25 nationally, No. Three SDE, No. 5 Texas

Key recruiter: Greg Mattison

Buckeye comparability on present depth chart**: Tyreke Smith. Very same peak and weight; each with sturdy arms however studying the best way to use them; place versatility as defensive sort out or weak-side defensive finish; per excessive upside.

Recruiting replace: The final time Eleven Warriors spoke with Adeleye, he could not cease raving about Ohio State as his curiosity within the Buckeyes was at an “all-time” excessive. That hasn’t modified, and he is set to go to for the Nov. 23 recreation towards Penn State after beforehand saying he in all probability would not get again to Columbus till the spring (he is already visited as soon as beforehand). Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa visited Katy, Texas final week, presumably with Adeleye as one of many targets he noticed. Adeleye is scheduled to go to the LSU-Alabama recreation this weekend, so it will be a problem for the Buckeyes to compete with that atmosphere. However they will have their shot.

247Sports activities scout eval: Stout defensive lineman who might probably present place flexibility. Thick core and thin-ankled. Possesses satisfactory to above common peak and strong construct. Owns just about college-ready dimension as a four-man finish, however might slide inside with added bulk. Flashes spectacular power on the level of assault. A bull within the telephone sales space who can drive offensive linemen into the pocket. Persistently will get arms inside blockers to steer the place he desires. Reveals energy to punch and shed within the run recreation. Performs with good pad stage and leverage. Sturdy tackler. Lively, violent arms, however nonetheless studying the best way to use them. May be extra constant in get-off quickness. Also can enhance physique management, notably in pursuit. Doubtlessly position- and scheme-versatile defensive lineman who might match a number of roles and fronts. Reliable high-major recruit with long-term potential to achieve high half of the NFL draft.

**Comparisons are the present Buckeye at his time of enrollment vs. how every 2021 prospect stacks up proper now

Landon Jackson

Nuts and bolts: 6-foot-6, 240 kilos; No. 24 nationally; No. 2 WDE; No. Four Texas

Key recruiter: Larry Johnson

Buckeye comparability: Zach Harrison. Tall and elite size; sturdy pursuit; explosive velocity bursts off the road; athletic and versatile (Jackson was dominating as an offensive sort out in a recreation two weeks in the past, and Harrison’s scout analysis had him as gifted sufficient to be a receiver).

Recruiting replace: We briefly up to date Jackson’s mindset for you guys early final month, and he advised Eleven Warriors that mindset hasn’t modified. He nonetheless has Ohio State excessive on his listing, despite the fact that the Buckeyes weren’t in Jackson’s high 10 that he launched in July. Johnson has come on sturdy within the final couple months, although, and Ohio State cannot be counted out on this recruitment (despite the fact that I nonetheless assume Texas A&M and Alabama, two packages which he noticed sq. off towards one another final month, have the higher hand).

247Sports activities scout eval: Elite-framed defensive finish prospect who owns excellent peak and size with a ton of area to proceed including bulk. Lean by means of the core and should add bulk and power, notably within the decrease physique, to face up towards bigger opponents in faculty. Lengthy-levered with straight-line velocity. Pure pass-rusher who flashes spectacular quickness off the road. Reveals encouraging assortment of pass-rushing strikes – velocity rush, inside counter, rip, and so on. Knifes by means of gaps to make performs. Closes quick in pursuit. Harmful from the again facet. Performs with a excessive motor. Huge, sturdy tackles can neutralize his quickness on the line by overpowering him on the level of assault. Suffered season-ending knee damage that price him the playoffs (six video games) of sophomore marketing campaign. Among the many high defensive prospects in Texas for the 2021 class. Possesses long-term early-round NFL Draft potential.

Will Shipley

Nuts and bolts: 5-foot-11, 198 kilos; No. 21 nationally, No. 1 APB, No. 2 North Carolina

Key recruiter: Kevin Wilson

Buckeye comparability: J.Ok. Dobbins and Grasp Teague, however neither of them on their very own. Shipley’s skillset is exclusive, and he’s completely different than the entire Buckeyes’ 2019 working backs. He does, nonetheless, mix Dobbins’ pass-catching and flexibility for use within the slot, and Shipley’s 4.46 time within the 40 is much like the velocity of Teague’s in highschool (4.50). These lengthy runs you have grown to like the place Teague breaks by means of the offensive line and gallops untouched up the sector? I can simply image in my head Shipley making those self same breakaway runs.

Recruiting replace: Ohio State was firmly behind in Shipley’s recruitment towards faculties like Stanford, Notre Dame and Clemson till two weeks in the past when he visited for the Wisconsin recreation. Shipley was blown away by the environment, the Buckeyes’ offensive dominance regardless of the rain and (most significantly) the utilization of Dobbins within the passing recreation. He and his father liked the expertise sufficient to the purpose Shipley advised Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham that they need his mom to go to with them the subsequent time he involves Columbus. So it appears like Shipley is enthusiastically, genuinely wanting to go to once more.

247Sports activities scout eval: None out there.

Emeka Egbuka

Nuts and bolts: 6-foot-1, 190 kilos; No. 9 nationally, No. 1 ATH, No. 2 Washington

Key recruiter: Brian Hartline

Buckeye comparability: Garrett Wilson. However larger and quicker, which is horrifying. Wilson (36.1) and Egbuka (35.1) have similar verticals, whereas Egbuka (4.42) has a greater 40 time than Wilson (4.64). Each have sturdy arms, capacity/competitiveness to win one-on-one contested passes, versatility to play X, Z or slot receiver, elusiveness within the open discipline and polished route working. They’re very comparable prospects, and Egbuka could be higher. In response to the Tacoma Information-Tribune’s Jon Manley, Egbuka is placing collectively among the best careers the state of Washington has ever seen, and he has an actual shot at leaving because the state’s profession receiving leaders in state historical past. It is bananas how good this child is already.

Recruiting replace: Ohio State ought to be thought of within the high three or 4 to land Egbuka, proper up there with Clemson, Stanford and Washington, with Oklahoma as an outdoor potential vacation spot. Have to like the Buckeyes’ possibilities, particularly including that Columbus was the primary (and can in all probability be the one) college Egbuka selected to go to outdoors of Washington for a recreation this season. He liked his time right here, Hartline appears to have extra momentum than another recruiter within the nation proper now, and this system is an ideal place for what Egbuka desires for his life after soccer. Of the five-stars on this listing, I might say he is the most certainly to finish up a Buckeye.

247Sports activities scout eval: Has elite dimension and power to go along with velocity. Performs to his dimension and exhibits good physicality. An elite two-way prospect, he answered any questions on his velocity with a 4.Four laser time on the All-American Mix. Great physique management, can regulate to any throw, going up and getting in site visitors. A bodily and aggressive runner after the catch and elusive within the open discipline. Additionally a stellar return specialist. Tasks as speedy Energy 5 starter and future first-round NFL draft decide.

Tony Grimes

Nuts and bolts: 6-foot-0, 180 kilos; No. 10 nationally, No. 1 CB, No. 1 Virginia

Key recruiter: Al Washington

Buckeye comparability: Jeff Okudah. It is an apparent, simple choice right here based mostly on how Okudah was equally ranked popping out of Texas, but it surely’s the very best comp. Each have versatility in having performed a number of positions and excelling (particularly security, however Grimes is also his highschool staff’s finest receiver), can blanket receivers one-on-one on the skin utilizing size and pure protection abilities, monitor balls properly within the air and are keen open-field tacklers with excellent imaginative and prescient. 

Recruiting replace: Grimes is about for an unofficial go to for the Penn State recreation, and he’ll be capable of do a 1v1 comparability of two faculties closely gunning for him and thick within the race to get him. He liked the atmosphere of Penn State’s White-Out towards Michigan, and he’ll get to see the Shoe’s environment compete. Grimes can decide and select the place he desires to go to highschool, and he advised Eleven Warriors in October that he is planning on taking all 5 of his official visits earlier than making a choice. 

247Sports activities scout eval: Vast shoulders and good size. Body of security with cornerback abilities. Instinctual participant with excessive ability stage. Bodily and easy. Tracks ball properly and has nice timing. Opens hips and runs with ease. Lengthy strider who can cowl on lengthy crossing routes and deep throws. Sturdy higher physique helps re-route receivers with jams. Snug in backpedal and explodes ahead out of it. Good tackler and asset in run protection. Excessive IQ on and off discipline. Management qualities. Should get stronger in decrease physique. Able to play at elite program when he steps on campus. First spherical NFL draft decide potential.





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