Ohio State 2010 Recruiting Class Final Stretch
The coaching staff at Ohio State hit the road shortly after the win in Pasadena to land the final 5 recruits for their 2010 class. The Buckeyes scored a defensive tackle in Johnathan Hankins from Detroit Michigan but came up short with two highly recruiting players this last Saturday. At the Army All American Bowl, defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd selected Florida over Ohio State while Cleveland Glenville safety prospect Latwan Anderson selected West Virginia over the Buckeyes.
By Steve Patterson
With Charlie Weis no longer recruiting in South Bend, Urban Meyer having a short retirement in Gainesville and Pete Carroll leaving USC, Ohio State should be cleaning house this year in recruiting top talent locally and nationally. They got some important commitments early in wide receiver Corey Brown, offensive tackle Andrew Norwell, and running back Roderick Smith but have gone for more mid-tear recruits down the stretch.
The Buckeyes still hope to land a couple nationally top ranked recruits before the beginning of February including Seantrel Henderson, Matt James, Jordan Hicks and Christian Bryant. But may end up with only 50% of these ideal four and therefore give scholarships to recent Columbus visitors Bradley Roby and Dominique Brown, great athletes in their own right, but not the blue chippers top programs covet.
Seantrel Henderson is the top ranked offensive tackle in the country and is believed to be leaning to Ohio State after only taking a couple of official visits. He had interest in Southern California but the recent departure of Pete Carroll could seal the deal for the Buckeyes. He’s the latest ‘next Orlando Pace’ left tackle.
Matt James is an in-state offensive tackle from Cincinnati St Xavier. He was leaning towards the Bearcats while also considering Ohio State and Notre Dame. Now with Brian Kelley in South Bend, Notre Dame is the favorite. Florida has also come on lately and is always hard to beat for a recruit. He plans to decide on National Letter of Intent Signing Day.
Jordan Hicks is an another in-state national top recruit that doesn’t seem too interested in the Buckeyes. He has favored either Florida or Texas for the majority of his recruitment but has kept the Buckeyes in his top 3. The Lakota West linebacker made an official to Ohio State for the USC game and knows the coaching staff well. But he is a fan of Texas and seems to want to leave Ohio.
If there was a lock (for sure commitment) in this final four it would be Christian Bryant. The Cleveland Glenville corner back plays a position of need for the Buckeyes and grew up watching the Scarlet and Gray. He is the normal Glenville player that has been in the program for more than a year and respects the coaching staff at Ohio State the way he respects the Glenville coaches. He is waiting till the end to make his announcement as many Ted Ginn Sr players have done in the past.