COLUMBUS, Ohio — the Ohio State football program has had a strong spring, while the rest of college football has been to find how to adapt to a range of recruitment moratorium has been extended three times, now running through July 31.
The Buckeyes have landed seven commits in 37 days, while pretending to what looked like a permanent seat on a top of the recruiting rankings. They have been in competition with the story, trying to be the greatest class of all time.
A portion of this steam has disappeared, while the rest of the country starts to find success on the recruiting trail.
Clemson rebounded from the loss of the nation’s best defensive player, Korey Foreman by landing commitments from five-star Will be Shipley with a four-star Barrett Carter, Jordan Hancock and Troy Stellato. All had the Buckeyes on their final list of schools.
The Tigers are always 39.14 points behind the Buckeyes, but with only 14 players in their class, they are a potential threat to unseat them at no. 1.
Tennessee has had its share of success over the past month, and its most recent commitment in tight end Hudson Wolfe forced Ohio State to continue its search for another tight end in the class.
The four-star recruit is the second victory for the Volunteers on the Buckeyes, with four-star athlete Kamar Wilcoxson.
Then, there are the Alabama, which, after a silent spring landed its first five-star and the third top-100 recruit — JC Latham. The State of Ohio has long been predicted landing point for the offensive tackle until a Tweet hinting at a potential announcement balanced things in the Crimson Tide’s favor. Six days later, Latham was headed to Tuscaloosa. It was another loss for the Buckeyes, who have not spent too much time on the loss of the end of this cycle.
Latham has been one of Ohio State’s top targets and would have been a important addition for a team trying to chase history. His commitment leaves of five-star Washington native J. T. Tuimoloau and Emeka Egbuka that should land. Egbuka recently put the Buckeyes in his four — with Clemson, Oklahoma and Washington as the nation’s top wide receiver and No. 8 overall player. Tuimoloau is the no. 2 player and strongside defensive.
Both are crystal-balled to the State of Ohio, but Latham, the situation should be a warning that even they can change with the position of the Tweet.
The addition of two top 10 recruits would be put Ohio State 21 commits and a team score of 316.04. That would be sitting behind Florida in the 2010 class, one of Alabama’s 2017 class and Georgia’s 2018 class. But the average star 95.76 would sit comfortably at no. 1, and still have room to possibly add a second tight end with a player of the class.
The Buckeyes can still put together arguably the best recruiting class of the modern era. Lose on Latham and Wolfe will require things to go perfectly for the next six months.
Here’s a look at the 247Sports.com 2021 ranking of the teams:
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