National Signing Day used to be one of the biggest days in college football, but the early signing period has taken a little bit of fun out of it. However, Feb. 7 will be a very important day for the Buckeyes’ 2018 recruiting class which is currently ranked number 1 by 247 sports.
Most Important Position
Ohio State has one commitment at offensive tackle for this year’s class and will be looking to upgrade the position before the end of this recruiting season. Four-star and ninth ranked offensive tackle Max Wray is the only commitment the Buckeyes have at the position. There is limited depth and experience among the tackles on the current Ohio State roster as they graduated one of their best linemen in Jamarco Jones. The Buckeyes have just four tackles on the roster for next season; not included is Branden Bowen who played tackle in high school, but switched to right guard in college. Urban Meyer and company were expecting to have five on the roster for 2018 before the recruiting season began, but Redshirt Sophomore Kevin Feder announced that he would be transferring from the school in January.
Who has experience on the roster?
Junior Isiah prince has been in every game since his Freshman season and has been a tad inconsistent. Freshman Thayer Munford participated in ten games for the Buckeyes and impressed at times this season. Another player you could consider on the Ohio State Roster would be Branden Bowen. Bowen is a former three-star prospect out of Utah who played tackle in high school. He would likely only move back to tackle if the Buckeyes had injury problems, however.
Who are the Buckeyes Targeting at Offensive Tackle?
Ohio State’s best option at tackle would be five-star Nicholas Petit-Frere — a 6-6 272 pounder out of Berkley Prep in Tampa, Florida. He is the number one rated offensive tackle in the class of 2018 and would be a huge pick up to Ohio State’s recruiting class. As of right now 247 sports has him at a 64 percent chance of going to Florida. Still, Petit-Frere officially visited Ohio State’s campus on Feb. 2, which leads me to believe Urban Meyer will be pushing very hard to add a third five-star to his recruiting class. The only other recruit that has a chance of coming to Columbus next year at offensive tackle is Rasheed Walker — a four-star out of Waldorf, Maryland. Walker is ranked 6th at the position and, according to 247, he will be choosing between the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions of Penn State. Walker is listed at 6-6 and 300 pounds on the dot.
National Signing Day 2018
If you were thinking about not paying attention to this year’s National Signing Day, I would think again. It will have major implications on the depth of this team and Ohio State can still add some great talent to the roster. The Buckeyes are currently ranked number one on 247’s overall team recruiting rankings, but do not expect Urban Meyer to settle for just that. Watch for Meyer to use a little bit of his magic on Feb. 7 and at least add one more highly touted prospect as Ohio State looks to be the team to end Alabama’s seven year reign as the number one recruiting class.