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Dallan Hayden, Tennessee Mr. Football , 4-star running back, signs with Ohio State football

Joe Harrington
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football signed its only running back of the Class of 2022, at least so far, on Wednesday as Dallan Hayden signed with the Buckeyes on Wednesday. 

While Ohio State could always add another running back to the class between now and Feb. 2, the next National Signing Day, Hayden stands as the only back in the class.

And maybe that says more about who is likely returning for Ohio State next season. 

The Buckeyes had two talented freshman running backs in 2021 in TreVeyon Henderson and Miyan Williams.  

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The 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound Hayden, from Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, is a four-star running back. He was named Tennessee DII-AAA Mr. Football in back-to-back years.

The 2022 Ohio State football recruiting class

  • C.J. Hicks, LB 
  • Sonny Styles, S
  • Gabe Powers, LB 
  • Devin Brown, QB 
  • Caleb Burton, WR 
  • Kaleb Brown, WR 
  • Kenyatta Jackson, DE 
  • Kyion Grayes, WR 
  • Tegra Tshabola, OT 
  • Kojo Antwi, WR 
  • Jyaire Brown, CB 
  • Dallan Hayden, RB 
  • George Fitzpatrick, OT 
  • Ryan Turner, CB 
  • Kye Stokes, S 
  • Bennett Christian, TE
  • Avery Henry, OT
  • Caden Curry, DL

Where Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class ranks 

Ohio State entered December National Signing Day with the No.4-ranked recruiting class.

They trail Georgia, Alabama and Texas A&M. Those three programs plan to sign three 5-star recruits each.

When is the next National Signing Day?

In 2017, the NCAA brought back the early signing day for football. It went into effect in 2018. But before that, the first Wednesday of February was National Signing Day for football recruits. 

The next signing will be Feb. 2. 

However, recruits don’t have to sign that day. Last year, Ohio State signed J.T. Tuimoloau in the summer. 

How does Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class look right now?

As of now, Ohio State has two commitments in its 2023 class after Styles reclassified a week before National Signing Day. Tight end Tyler Lockwood of Independence, Tenn. (4-star) and Dayton Wayne standout lineman Joshua Padilla (4-stars) have committed to Ohio State. 

The 10-highest rated recruits to sign with Ohio State 

The recruiting ranking era began in the early 2000s. Here are the 10 highest-rated players to sign with Ohio State. 

  1. Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake Carroll High School (2021)
  2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette High School, (2008)
  3. Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Cleveland Glenville (2004)
  4. J.T. Tuimoloau, DL,  Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic (2021)
  5. Jack Sawyer, DL, Pickerington North High School (2021)
  6. Julian Fleming, WR, Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia High School (2020)
  7. Noah Spence, DE, Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt (2012)
  8. Nick Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (2016)
  9. Beanie Wells, RB, Akron Garfield High School (2006)
  10. Sam Maldonado, RB, Harrison (NY.) High School (2000) 

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