The Ohio State recruiting rankings were released Wednesday, and the Buckeyes are clearly on the rise in recruiting.
We already knew the Buckeye’s depth at wide receiver, running back, offensive line and defensive line, but now we know how well the Buckeys offensive line is doing in addition to a plethora of defensive linemen.
The Buckeyes have a total of 11 players committed to Ohio State over the next five years.
Five of those players are committed to the Buckey State.
The other four are committed elsewhere.
Ohio State has the following top targets in the 2018 class:Offensive tackleBryan Coggin, 6-4, 325: The 6-5, 325-pounder from Pittsburgh is one of the best offensive tackles in the nation.
He was a finalist for the Walter Camp All-American First Team as a junior, and he also was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick.
He’ll compete with some other top tackles for the starting job at left tackle, but he has the ability to step in as a true freshman.
He has good quickness and is strong enough to play guard in the NFL.
Coggin is a tremendous athlete, with great feet, good hands and a nasty streak.
He can do a good job at both tackle and guard.
He’s a good athlete, but the Buckees have to get better at blocking to get him into the lineup.
Offensive guardBryan Davis, 6 and a half, 310: The 310-pound lineman from San Jose, California is a power blocker and has good speed.
He won the Walter Cronkite Award as the nation’s best offensive lineman, and his ability to rush the passer and run with the run makes him an elite prospect.
He had an excellent year as a redshirt freshman.
Davis has great footwork and can hold his own against big linemen.
He is a strong athlete and a strong run blocker.
Davis has good hands, too, and has a lot of power in his hands.
He should be able to step into the starting lineup at guard, and it will be tough to beat him as a freshman.
Defensive endBrenton White, 6 feet 1 and 230 pounds, 6’4, 315: The Ohio native is a big-bodied edge rusher.
He played at Michigan State as a safety and was the consensus All-MAC pick.
The 6’1, 240-pound White is a powerful pass rusher who has the power to play inside and outside.
He also has a good motor and is a great athlete.
White has great speed and speed is a plus.
He shows the ability for the ballcarrier in pass protection.
White is a talented athlete who has an outstanding burst.
He runs well in space and is able to rush from either side of the line.
He isn’t the biggest athlete but has good length for a 6-foot-1 and 230-pound defensive end.
White’s best position is outside linebacker, where he could move into the middle and help anchor the Ohio State defense.
He is a nice athlete who can move around the edge.
He will be a nice addition to the Ohio state defense, but it will take some time to find a place for him there.
Offense guardBrenty Baker, 6 foot 3 and 235 pounds, 5-10, 295: The 5-11, 295-pound Baker is an elite pass rusher with outstanding speed.
A four-year starter at the college level, he won the 2016 Walter Cronckite Award.
Baker played in all 13 games as a senior and showed flashes of being a first-team All-America candidate.
He made the All-Pac-12 Second Team.
He could play in the slot at guard or inside at tackle.
He doesn’t have much length and doesn’t possess the explosive power of a player like White.
Baker is a decent athlete with good feet and a good pass rush ability.
He’s a solid run blocker who is a good enough pass rusher to play outside at tackle, though he needs to get stronger and get stronger.
He would be a good fit as an inside linebacker or defensive end in Ohio State’s scheme.
DefenderJadar Johnson, 6foot, 230 pounds and 6-2, 220 pounds, 7-3, 300: The five-star recruit from Miami was one of college football’s top players last year.
He earned All-ACC honors as a sophomore.
He started all 13 contests as a reserve, and earned honorable mention honors as the team’s all-conference defensive back.
Johnson is a solid athlete who is good in space.
He showed some flashes as a running back last season, but his speed is still not elite and his lack of agility makes him difficult to get to the quarterback.
He lacks strength and he’s not the biggest of players.
He can play either defensive end or inside linebacker, but needs to improve his ability in run defense and the pass rush.
Johnson has some quickness