Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has a tendency to create a lot of buzz during the offseason with his recruiting classes. Monday, two more targets for the Scarlet and Gray announced their commitment to playing football in Columbus, further solidifying the strength and legitimacy of the 2017 recruiting class for OSU.
When asked about the success of OSU recruiting this year, Meyer smiled and said, “I know I heard a big boom out there on the field today.”
That boom, of course, was in reference to the commitments of two of the best receivers in the upcoming class, Trevon Grimes and Tyjon Lindsey.
The Buckeyes now have 16 players from the ESPN 300 list, which is the highest total in the nation.
OSU wide receivers coach Zach Smith understands the hype, but is not sold on everyone just yet.
“Yeah, probably on paper,” Smith said when asked if this is the best class he has ever seen. “You never really know until they get here. But, it’s up there. That’s for sure.”
Grimes, a five-star wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is ranked as the 15th best player in the 2017 class, according to the national composite ranking. The 6-foot-3 receiver hauled in 27 receptions for 496 yards and 7 touchdowns last season.
Lindsey is the No. 1 overall player from Nevada according to 24/7 Sports. Dubbed a playmaking machine by many, Lindsey raked in over 1,000 yards receiving to go along with 14 touchdown receptions and two punts returned for touchdowns during his junior high school season.
Now, with the additions of the two standout wide receivers, OSU has six five-star players coming to Columbus in 2017.
The incoming of such a large magnitude of young players comes at a price for OSU. That price is 13 more players than scholarships allowed than by NCAA rules.
“Our situation right now with how successful we’re doing in recruits and how tight we are on scholarships has really built competition just amongst the staff alone,” Smith said. “Like, you better bring in a big-time dude or we might not be able to take him, because somebody else has a big-time dude that might come.”
Regardless of competition and limited spots on the roster left, the Buckeye coaching staff feels confident in the upcoming players and how the team will manage taking on so many new faces.