When Ohio State offensive line commitment Josh Myers walked past another OSU target at Nike's The Opening camp last week, he had a stock greeting for him. "What's up, Buckeye?" Myers had reason to say it a lot.
When Ohio State offensive line commitment Josh Myers walked past another OSU target at Nike's The Opening camp last week, he had a stock greeting for him.
"What's up, Buckeye?"
Myers had reason to say it a lot.
The Opening is the country's most prestigious high school football camp. About 160 of the top prospects in the country earned their way to Oregon for it. Ohio State had the most commitments of any college program at The Opening with 10. But the Buckeyes are nowhere near done with their next recruiting class. Even by Ohio State's and Urban Meyer's lofty standards, the Buckeyes' 2017 recruiting class could be historic.
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Myers, from the Dayton suburb of Miamisburg, is one of three five-star recruits in a 14-member class that is ranked No. 1 nationally by several recruiting services. Almost all OSU prospects are rated at least four stars.
The Opening was a prime opportunity to strengthen the bond among the future Buckeyes and add to their ranks.
"It was awesome," Myers said after returning on a red-eye flight Monday morning. "One thing that really helped was getting all the Ohio State commits closer. We can't spend a lot of time together (otherwise). We're all busy. We have stuff going on and live all over the place. To have us all there at one time for a long period of time was really nice, just to get us closer and establish more of a relationship than we already had."
Myers left Oregon even more excited about his recruiting class than he was when he arrived.
"It's obviously already a great class," he said. "There are a lot of really good football players. But what stands out to me the most is how good a people they are - very down to earth and just kind and easy to talk to."
Myers said that he lobbied those players who are on Ohio State's radar but not yet committed.
"I tried to do as much as I could without being annoying," he said with a laugh. "I think we all take that responsibility really importantly. One of the reasons our class is so strong is that a lot of us who got in early have done such a great job of staying in contact with people we've been recruiting, establishing a relationship and making the players that our university is recruiting as comfortable as humanly possible."
Myers was among several future Buckeyes who excelled in drills in Oregon. All-purpose back J.K. Dobbins had the camp's top overall score.
"Ohio State commitments represented Ohio State very well," Bucknuts recruiting analyst Bill Kurelic said.
Just as telling was the fact that two players the Buckeyes covet and have at least a decent chance of signing - defensive back Jeffrey Okudah of Grand Prairie, Texas, and running back Cam Akers of Clinton, Mississippi - finished second and third. Five-star receiver Trevon Grimes of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, who is widely expected to join the Buckeyes, also dazzled. He was in a grouping with Ohio State quarterback commitment Tate Martell.
Because Ohio State's senior class is small, the 2017 recruiting class likely will consist of about 19 players.
"Let's say they get 19," Kurelic said. "You could have - it's absolutely not a stretch - close to half of the prospects being five-star guys. Right now you have three. Grimes, Okudah, (defensive end) Chase Young, (linebacker) Baron Browning, Akers, (receiver) Tyjon Lindsey - all those guys are realistic possibilities to be Buckeyes.
"If things fall the way I think they will, it will go down on paper as the best Ohio State class since Urban has been there."