With all the ballyhoo surrounding Jim Harbaugh and the Michigan Wolverines this offseason, it could be easy to forget that a proven national championship program and head coach reside not just in the Big Ten, but in Blue’s own division.
Of course, we’re talking about Ohio State and Urban Meyer, who have seemingly been out of the spotlight despite a phenomenal summer on the recruiting trail.
Meyer and the Bucks have quietly been taking care of business, to the extent that landing two five-star recruits in one fell swoop almost seems a bit anticlimactic.
For most schools in college football, this would be the biggest news of the offseason — and perhaps even the biggest news of the season as well.
For Ohio State? Business as usual.
Tyjon Lindsey and Trevon Grimes, five-star WRs, announce commitments to Ohio State https://t.co/jFM8fS9kyA
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 22, 2016
In a dual announcement on Bleacher Report, five-star wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey and fellow five-star wideout Trevon Grimes committed to the Buckeyes.
Forget the stars and just look at the rankings for a second — they should give you a very good idea of how big a morning the Buckeyes had on the recruiting trail.
Lindsey, 5-foot-9 and 161 pounds from Las Vegas (Bishop Gorman), is ranked as the nation’s No. 5 wide receiver and the No. 24 player in America, according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. Grimes, who checks in at 6-foot-3 and 202 pounds and runs a 4.48 40 (elite measurables for a senior wide receiver), is the No. 3 wideout in the 2017 class as well as the nation’s No. 15 player. He hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida (St. Thomas Aquinas).
The subtext here is that these players come from two elite football high schools, Bishop Gorman and St. Thomas Aquinas. Simply stated, Lindsey and Grimes will be ready to play big-time college football.
In a vacuum, picking up two of the nation’s best wide receivers in one morning is a big deal. Lindsey and Grimes won’t make an impact for a year or two at Ohio State, but once they do take the field, the rankings point to superstar potential for the dynamic duo.
That’s plenty of reason to be excited if you’re an Ohio State fan. Then again, one would have to imagine Buckeye fans are used to it at this point.
What happens when two top-5 WRs enter the dodgeball arena with commitments on the line?https://t.co/axiRdRpkqi
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) August 22, 2016
When you look at the big picture of OSU recruiting, Meyer’s dominance and brilliance really start to come into focus.
Lindsey and Grimes are just two of six five-stars committed to Ohio State in the 2017 class. Moreover, they aren’t even the highest-ranked players. That honor goes to 6-foot-6, 306-pound five-star offensive tackle Josh Myers, who is rated at .9929, per the 247Sports Composite.
The two wideouts and Myers join 6-foot-5, 310-pound five-star guard Wyatt Davis, five-star cornerback Shaun Wade (6-foot-1,177 pounds), and 6-foot-5, 225 pound five-star weak-side defensive end Chase Young.
That’s six five stars in Meyer’s 2017 class, complemented with 10 other four-star recruits and two three-stars.
It’s no surprise that OSU’s class is currently ranked No. 1 nationally, and though there’s plenty of time before signing day 2017, that will be a hard group for anybody to top. Ohio State’s class could end up being one of the all-time greats, but again … take a step back.
OSU’s 2016 class finished No. 4 nationally; 2015 finished No. 7; and 2014 was ranked No. 3 overall, just behind Alabama and LSU.
Like it or not and believe it or not, there is a correlation between class rankings and long-term success, and we’re seeing that play out at Ohio State on a season-to-season basis. The Buckeyes won the very first College Football Playoff championship in 2014 and went 12-1 with a win in the Fiesta Bowl in 2015. Though other programs are receiving more hype, it is worth keeping in mind that OSU should once again compete to be in the CFP. Very few people who are “in the know” would bat an eyelash if Meyer and the Bucks picked up yet another championship.
No hype, no headlines, who cares? Meyer has rebuilt Ohio State into a college football dynasty. His quiet dominance on the recruiting trail has been a huge reason why.
It’s business as usual in Columbus.