Urban Meyer's recruiting roll continues with third big commitment in 24 hours
Ohio State came into its annual Friday Night Lights showcase hoping to turn a scary thought into a reality: The list of future Buckeyes would grow and become even stronger.
That, of course, is exactly what happened.
Commitments from four-star Maryland defensive end Chase Young — the No. 28 overall player in the 2017 class — and their first 2018 commitment, four-star Florida running back Brian Snead, made for a successful event for Urban Meyer on Friday night.
Oh, and just for fun, Meyer landed four-star Ohio cornerback Amir Riep on Saturday:
I'm on vacation but with Amir Riep, 12 of Ohio State's 13 ESPN300 commitments are ranked within the top 150 of the rankings. Incredible
— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 23, 2016
Riep is the No. 15 cornerback in the 2017 class and is the No. 115 player overall. Riep chose the Buckeyes over the likes of Alabama and Michigan State.
Young’s commitment was the most publicized one of the bunch, and for good reason. He’s the top player in Maryland, and in case you haven’t noticed, D.J. Durkin hasn’t let many top DMV recruits slip away since he took over in December. It’s only July, so there is still time for Durkin to pitch Young.
But given the reasoning Young provided for his commitment, that might be a tough sell.
“I’m just another piece to the puzzle,” Young told cleveland.com. “Putting me in that puzzle, that’s a force to be reckoned with. I am thinking National Championship.”
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The No. 3 defensive end in the 2017 class became the Buckeyes’ fourth highest-rated recruit. Young was also the first defensive lineman to commit to the Buckeyes in over five months.
More importantly, it gave Ohio State’s No. 1 class an even stronger stranglehold on the top spot. Meyer hasn’t had one of those at Ohio State.
Young’s commitment gave the Buckeyes their ninth top-100 commitment, which is just one shy of that loaded 2013 class. Like he did with that class, Meyer landed key commitments during an important recruiting weekend.
“I came up here on my first visit and it was the best visit I ever had,” Young told Eleven Warriors. “My mom always told me to go with my gut feeling and actually when I visited she told me, ‘If you commit here, I wouldn’t be mad because you know they’re going to take care of you.’ I went with my gut feeling, I asked my parents what I should do and I went with it.
“It just felt right so I did it.”
Right now, that’s the feeling for top recruits all over. Meyer’s 24-hour dominance gave the Buckeyes 16 total commits, and from nine different states.
And crazy enough, the Buckeyes are the perceived favorites to land five-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, five-star running back Cam Akers and five-star receiver Trevon Grimes.
So is the B1G on its way to landing its first top-ranked class in the recruiting rankings era? It certainly appears so.
Our class just isn't fair #buckeyenation #select17
— Brendon White (@therealestbw0) July 23, 2016