It was declared early yesterday morning that the Georgia Bulldogs have overtaken Ohio State for the number one recruiting class for 2018. (247 Sports.)
Ohio State entered National Signing Day with the number one spot, but was quickly jumped by Georgia when they landed five-star cornerback Tyson Campbell.
Georgia also was able to flip five-star Alabama recruit, linebacker Quay Walker, as well as Otis Reese, a four-star linebacker originally committed to Michigan. This gave Georgia a total
composite score of 322.39, mathematically eliminating Ohio State from the top spot.
Ohio State had themselves a great day even with losing the top spot. They picked up No. 1 overall Offensive tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere from Tampa, FL. They were also able to pick up four-star defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste from Oradell, NJ. The Buckeyes, barring any wild flips, will finish with a composite score of 317.06, and will finish with the second ranked recruiting class.
The Buckeyes finished with 26 total recruits, including three five-star recruits, 20 four-star recruits, and three three-star recruits. The Buckeyes landed one top-10 recruit with the commitment of
Petit-Frere. They finish with the best class in the Big-Ten.
The Buckeyes filled an immediate need at the offensive line with Petit-Frere. I would expect him to be inserted into the starting five right away with an inexperienced offensive line. Also, with the
departure of defensive end Sam Hubbard, the commitment of Jean-Baptiste could cause a competition for that spot on the always dominant Ohio State defensive line.
The Buckeyes had a very impressive class in 2018, and with the experience coming back from last year, Ohio State will be in play for their third appearance in the College Football Playoff. They will be ranked very highly to begin the year, even with the thought that we have no idea who will be taking the snaps at quarterback this year.
With spring ball approaching, it will be very interesting to see how the Buckeyes will look on both sides of the ball with all the returning talent and the new recruits coming to Columbus.
By: D.J. Corrigan