Ohio State is expected to have the best recruiting class in the Big Ten, once again. The question many Buckeyes fans ask themselves year in and year out is will this be the year somebody has a better class than us? With big name coaches and storied programs, you would think there should be a threat to the Buckeyes in recruiting.

Recent History

2015: Ohio State claimed the top spot in the Big Ten Rankings, while Penn State finished second and Michigan finished fifth.

2016: Ohio State once again finished first, but with Jim Harbaugh in his first full recruiting season, Michigan finished second and had a promising class. Michigan State ended up finishing third.

2017:  Michigan improved their recruiting class once again, but it still wasn’t enough as Ohio State ended up with an all-time great recruiting class in terms of composite score according to 247. Penn State finished third but was still far off from the Buckeyes and Wolverines.

2018: Penn State had a strong recruiting class, but Ohio State had another historic class under Urban Meyer and Penn State wasn’t even close to claiming the top spot. The trend upward in the composite score for Jim Harbaugh’s recruiting classes ended, and Michigan had a down year in recruiting.

My Early Prediction for 2019

Michigan currently holds the number one spot in the Big Ten recruiting rankings while Ohio State is number two. That is not something Ohio State fans are used to seeing, but it is still very early. My belief is that Ohio State will end up having the best class in the conference again this year. That is like predicting the Warriors will win the Finals again next year, I know. However, I think this may be the closest race with Michigan that Ohio State has had. You would think there is more motivation than ever for Harbaugh to have his best recruiting class yet. With the inability to beat the Buckeyes so far and a down year for recruiting last year, Harbaugh has more motivation than ever to dominate recruiting.

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