Ohio State already has commitments from 15 of the top 205 prospects in the recruiting class of 2021, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The rest of the Big Ten just 11.
As you’ve probably heard by now, the buckeyes’ recruiting class of 2021 is on track to be Ohio State’s first No. 1-ranked recruiting class of 25 years, with no other class, even close to Ohio State in the team rankings right now. The buckeyes’ 19 commits for the 2021 includes four five-star prospects and 11 four-star, giving Ohio State a total score for the class of 301.39 already would have ranked fourth at the end of 2020 class of the classification.
The combination of quality and quantity, and Ohio State has recruited at a level that no other institution can match the current cycle, and if the buckeyes can finish strong, class of 2021 still has a chance to finish as the highest grade in the class since recruiting rankings became a thing.
That is the type of class the State of Ohio should return to the top of the mountain of college football and win more national championships, and it is for this reason that the buckeyes are chasing the best talents from all over the country, competing as often happens with national powers as Clemson, Alabama and Oklahoma as are the other schools in the Big Ten.
In the process, however, the buckeyes continue to expand the gap between them and everyone else in your conference.
This conversation – and the subsequent arguments between the Ohio State and Michigan fans – I was inflamed on social media during the weekend after the Michigan fan and sports journalist Scott Bell posted the following graphic on Twitter, showing how, in Michigan, in the upper part of the commitments of the pile with the rest of the Big Ten East, except for the State of Ohio:
Michigan now has 6 of the 10 highest-ranked, non-OSU forced commits in the Big Ten East. pic.twitter.com/NT0kXJAzHy
— Scott Bell (@sbell021) On the 24th of may 2020
As the graph shows, Michigan has built some considerable momentum on the recruiting trail and is performing well in comparison with the rest of the conference, the Wolverines, who had only two commitments for the class of 2021 two months ago, now has 15 pledges and up to sixth at the national level in the year 2021 class of the classification.
Numerous other Big Ten teams are of the quality of construction of the classes for the 2021, also, including some of the unusual suspects: Minnesota is currently ninth in the class rankings, Iowa is the 10 of Maryland is the 13, Penn State 15 Rutgers 16 and Wisconsin is 17.
When comparing the top talent in each one of the Ten Major classes, however, it is clear that the State of Ohio is currently recruiting on a different level from everyone else in the conference.
As evidence of that, in the following table are listed the 25 highest-rated prospects in the class of 2021 (according to their composition ranking), who has committed to Big Ten schools as of Tuesday, with the State of Ohio commitments include:
The State of Ohio of the recruiting efforts in the class of 2021 should only build on a gap of talent that the buckeyes have already built through their efforts in the last few recruiting classes.
With the exception of 2019, when the State of Ohio had an unusually small class of 17 players (and still had the highest average signee score of any Big Ten school), the buckeyes have been the Big Ten’s top-ranked recruiting class in nine of the last 10 years. And the difference in the number of elite, at the national level announced recruits the buckeyes have landed in comparison to everyone else in the conference has been especially hard.
Ohio State 15 commits ranked in the top 205 of the class of 2021 only coincides with the number of the top-205 perspectives of Michigan has signed or landed commitments from 2019 – and Michigan has been in the top two of the Big Ten class rankings, each year from 2016. Penn State has landed 13 prospects ranked in the top 205 of their respective recruiting classes from 2019, but no other Big Ten school has accumulated more than seven (Wisconsin) in that period of time.
The buckeyes ‘ momentum on the recruiting trail has already begun to spread in the year 2022, where they have commitments from three players who are ranked in the top 170 in its class (of the not-yet-composite ranking) by 247Sports. The only other Big Ten schools that currently have any commitments for 2022 are Iowa and Michigan.
The State of Ohio’s job on the recruiting trail, and year after year has built the foundation for the buckeyes to be the clear frontrunner in the Big Ten, and has won the last three conference championships as a result. If Ryan Day and its staff can continue with the recruitment of the manner in which they are recruiting right now and continue the development of the players they are recruiting at a high level, Ohio State could continue to dominate the conference for years to come.