Ohio State has proven to be the best team in the B1G over the past decade and continues to sit among college football’s elite. But each of the last two seasons, the Buckeyes have fallen short to Clemson and Alabama when it comes to winning a national championship.

FOX college football analyst RJ Young believes that could change in the very near future, based on what the Buckeyes have done on the recruiting trail.

The Buckeyes just secured the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class in 2021, behind only Alabama. They landed commitments from 5 5-star prospects and another 13 players earned a 4-star rating. It was, by far, the best class in the B1G.

Young compared Ohio State’s success in recruiting to Alabama’s. But the analyst pointed more towards the quality of the roster depth in Columbus, and believes the Buckeyes will continue to compete for national titles.

“Ohio State is building like Alabama has built,” Young said. “The way I put this into perspective is not that Ohio State has the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, it’s not that they signed 5-star quarterback Kyle McCord or 5-star all-everything [running back] TreVeyon Henderson. It’s that they have a depth chart that has the kind of talent that can lead them to compete with Alabama because they’re not transferring out.”

The Buckeyes have won four-straight B1G titles and have reached the College Football Playoff each of the last two seasons. Last year, Ohio State came up just one win short of claiming its second national title of the Playoff era.

Don’t expect Ohio State to disappear from college football’s elite. If anything, Young believes the Buckeyes are only getting better.