Live: Who's signing with Ohio State football on National Signing Day
Ohio State football will have a good idea what the 2022 roster will look like after Wednesday as the Buckeyes expect to sign 19 players (Update: Make that 18 after Terrance Brooks flipped his commitment to Texas.) on the first National Signing Day for football players in the Class of 2022.
The Buckeyes had the No. 2 class in 2021 and the No. 5 class in 2020, according to 247 Sports composite rankings, as third-year coach Ryan Day has continued to find success in recruiting since taking over for Urban Meyer.
Ohio State entered Wednesday with the fourth-best class in the country, headlined by a pair of 5-star, in-state defensive players and four 4-star wide receivers signing on to the program.
On Tuesday, Ohio State landed 4-star defensive lineman Caden Curry from the state of Indiana to the class, the 88th-ranked player at 247 Sports in the class.
Will there be more additions outside of the players who have already committed to Ohio State?
Follow all the National Signing Day news with live update.
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, 2022.
However, recruits don’t have to sign that day. Last year, for example, Ohio State signed J.T. Tuimoloau in the summer.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day told reporters at an afternoon press conference that he is excited about the players OSU is bringing in this year. And that's before some more additions Day hopes to make.
Here are the five highest-rated recruits since the early 2000s to come from Ohio:
- Ted Ginn, Jr., Cleveland Glenville (2004), signed with Ohio State
- Jack Sawyer, Pickerington North (2021), signed with Ohio State
- Prescott Burgess, Warren G Harding (2003), signed with Michigan
- Beanie Wells, Akron Garfield (2006), signed with Ohio State
- Jordan Hicks, Lakota West *2010), sign with Texas
Instead of turning in a letter of intent today, Marysville linebacker and Ohio State commit Gabe Powers now intends to sign during a ceremony at his high school on Friday.
Powers was named the 2021 Gatorade Ohio player of the year after making 90 tackles, including 17 for loss, six sacks and forcing four fumbles this past season.
Despite losing a commitment from four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks on Wednesday morning, the Buckeyes have a top-five class.
With 17 of 18 commits signed, the class remains ranked No. 4 in the nation in 247Sports' composite rankings, trailing only a trio of SEC powerhouses in Georgia, Texass A&M and Alabama.
Ohio State had a top-five class following each of Day's first two seasons.
Running back Dallan Hayden accepted an invitation from The Commercial Appeal to write about why he's choosing to attend Ohio State. Among the reasons he cited: the success of previous OSU running backs, the desire to establish his own legacy as opposed to living in the shadow of his father who played at the University of Tennessee from 1991-94, and academics.
Today isn't just about making over the roster by adding high school players who are sending in their letters of intent. Ohio State is also considering options when it comes to the NCAA transfer portal. For Buckeyes director of player personnel Mark Pantoni, the work never stops.
The four-star cornerback committed to Ohio State June 30, but when it came time to send his letter of intent on college football's early signing day, Brooks chose to play closer to his Little Elm, Texas, home and joined the Texas Longhorns.
Graves is a four-star wide receiver. He is 6-0, 175 pounds and played for Chandler (Arizona) High School.
Fitzpatrick is a four-star offensive lineman. He is 6-6, 285 pounds and played for Cherry Creek in Englewood, Colorado.
Jackson is a four-star edge rusher. He is 6-5, 235 pounds and played for Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida.
Christian is a three-star tight end. He is 6-6, 235 pounds and played for Allatoona in Acworth, Georgia.
Henry is a three-star offensive lineman. He is 6-6, 305 pounds and played for St. Clairsville High School.
Tshabola is a four-star offensive lineman. He is 6-6, 350 pounds and played for Lakota West High School.
Burton is a four-star wide receiver. He is 6-0, 165 pounds and played for Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas.
With C.J. Hicks and Sonny Styles joining the Buckeyes, Ohio State has now signed the highest-rated recruit from Ohio in four straight classes.
The last top-rated recruit, according to 247 Sports composite rankings, to sign with another program was Jackson Carman of Fairfield High School in 2018, who chose Clemson. Carman was selected in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Buckeyes were likely to continue that streak in 2023 but after Styles reclassified, Mentor defensive lineman Brenan Vernon became the state's top 2023 recruit. He is committed to Notre Dame.
Styles was originally a member of the class of 2023 but reclassified earlier this month. He is the second five-star athlete to sign with the Buckeyes today (along with CJ Hicks), and he is listed by 247Sports as the top safety prospect in the country. Styles is 6-4, 215 pounds and played for Pickerington Central.
Hayden is a four-star running back. He is 5-11, 195 pounds and played for Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, Tennessee.
Curry is a four-star defensive lineman. He is 6-3, 250 pounds and played for Center Grove High School in Greenwood, Indiana.
Brown is a four-star wide receiver. He is 5-11, 177 pounds and played for St. Rita in Chicago.
Some of Ohio State's commitments are changing their social media profiles to reflect those of their new coaches.
Pickerington Central's Sonny Styles went throwback, with a photo of Ryan Day as a college quarterback.
Hicks is the top-rated prospect in Ohio State's recruiting class. The No. 2 ranked linebacker in the country, he is 6-3, 215 pounds and played for Archbishop Alter in Dayton.
Stokes is a four-star athlete, who OSU projects as a safety. He is 6-2, 185 pounds and played for Armwood in Seffner Florida.
Turner is a four-star cornerback. He is 6-0, 180 pounds and played for Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Florida.
Antwi is a four-star wide receiver. He is 6-0, 190 pounds and played for Lambert High School in Suwanee, Georgia.
Brown is a four-star cornerback. He is 6-0, 178 pounds and played for Lakota West High School.
Ohio State's Mark Pantoni is ready
The Buckeyes' director of player personnel is Mark Pantoni, and in his typically subtle way, he has indicated that OSU is ready for the letters of intent to start rolling in.
How does Ohio State's 2023 recruiting class look right now?
Looking way ahead, as of now, Ohio State has two commitments in its 2023 class. Tight end Tyler Lockwood of Independence, Tennessee, (4-star) and Dayton Wayne standout lineman Joshua Padilla (4-stars) have committed to OSU.
What to expect this signing day
Ohio State is right now poised to land letters of intent from 19 prospects. Entering this morning, 247Sports had the Buckeyes with the No. 4 recruiting class in the country and No. 1 in the Big Ten.
Safety Zion Branch, who played for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, is scheduled to make an announcement today as to whether he will attend USC, Ohio State or Oklahoma, but he is expected to choose the Trojans.
OSU coach Ryan Day speaks to the media around 1 p.m. And the Big Ten Network has a signing day show that airs starting an hour later.
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.
- Quinn Ewers, QB, Southlake Carroll High School (2021)
- Terrelle Pryor, QB, Jeannette High School, (2008)
- Ted Ginn Jr., WR, Cleveland Glenville (2004)
- J.T. Tuimoloau, DL, Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic (2021)
- Jack Sawyer, DL, Pickerington North High School (2021)
- Julian Fleming, WR, Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia High School (2020)
- Noah Spence, DE, Harrisburg (Pa.) Bishop McDevitt (2012)
- Nick Bosa, DE, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas (2016)
- Beanie Wells, RB, Akron Garfield High School (2006)
- Sam Maldonado, RB, Harrison (NY.) High School (2000)