Ohio State had been pushing for Mentor High School offensive tackle Ryan Jacoby for a while. Jacoby is one of the top-rated players in the state of Ohio for the class of 2019. He is a 4-star prospect ranked 39th in the nation according to 247 sports. There is a huge need for the Buckeyes at offensive line in the class of 2019 which is why this is such a big commitment. Just two tackles were signed in the previous class which creates a depth issue at the position. Jacoby will join 4-star offensive tackle Doug Nester in Ohio State’s class of 2019. Despite National Signing Day just about a month prior the Buckeyes have already been active in recruiting.
Jacoby is 6-5 and 265 pounds. He could definitely bulk up a little bit to ready himself for the Division 1 competition, however. Watching his highlight tape, it is easy to see the toughness that he plays with. Jacoby plays extremely hard and it is easy to see why Urban Meyer likes him. He was awarded first team offense in the state of Ohio at the conclusion of his junior season. Jacoby was a Buckeye fan growing up so the commitment isn’t a huge shock, but he did have some other great offers.
Jacoby had 14 offers according to 247 sports. He held a number of offers from Big Ten schools including Michigan, Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Purdue, and Rutgers. Of those, I don’t think that any of the teams thought they had a legitimate chance at getting Jacoby besides Ohio State. Growing up in the state of Ohio and always being a Buckeye fan makes me think his heart was always in Columbus despite all of the other offers that he received.
What this commitment means for Ohio State?
This is a big grab for the Buckeyes because it comes very early in the recruiting period for the class of 2019. Urban Meyer is making sure he is not losing out on players that should be his. Jacoby is one of those players. Having the best players from the state of Ohio playing for Ohio State is always a priority for the Buckeyes. Ohio State is off and running in terms of recruiting with two 4-stars, but will need to continue to work hard if they want to have the best recruiting class in the nation. Georgia already has commitments from three 5-stars and four 4-stars for this year’s class. It is early and a lot can change from now until National Signing Day next year, but Georgia, for a second year in a row, will be a team to watch throughout this recruiting period.
This period in the recruiting season is termed the “quiet period” because programs have limited contact with players. Ohio State has continued to be as active as they can throughout this period and are throwing a lot of offers in a lot of different directions. Having commitments from two 4-stars is a nice start and it will be interesting to see how this class develops from here.