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After slow start, Buckeyes rocketing up recruiting rankings

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Back in May, with just two verbal commitments for the Class of 2015 in its pocket, some Ohio State fans were growing concerned.

Six weeks later? Yeah, not so much.

Earlier today, a pair of four-star 2015 prospects — Cincinnati linebacker Justin Hilliard, Minnesota defensive end Jashon Cornell — announced that they have verbally committed to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. The former chose OSU over Alabama, Iowa, Michigan and Penn State — his brother plays for the Hawkeyes — while the latter opted for the Buckeyes over Michigan State and Penn State, although he still plans on visiting those two schools later this month.

Hilliard is rated as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country, with Cornell coming in as the No. 6 strongside defensive end. Cornell is also the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Minnesota.

With the twin commitments, the Buckeyes now have 12 verbals in next year’s class. After beginning the day tied for 31st in the Rivals.com team rankings, OSU shot all the way up to No. 15. Perhaps more importantly, they are now second in the Big Ten to only No. 5 Penn State, which has been on a recruiting roll under first-year head coach James Franklin.

And that particular recruiting service wasn’t the only one that took notice of today’s developments. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

That class is now ranked No. 6 in the nation by ESPN.com, the highest ranking for the Buckeyes among any of the four major recruiting services. Ohio State was No. 23 Wednesday morning before the Hilliard and Cornell announcements.

At Scout.com, Ohio State jumped from tied for 23rd to No. 11 thanks to Hilliard and Cornell.

At 247sports.com, the Buckeyes went from No. 25 to No. 13 with the two new additions.

So, yeah, despite some initial angst, I think Meyer & Company will be just fine on the recruiting front in 2015 — and beyond.

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15 Responses to “After slow start, Buckeyes rocketing up recruiting rankings”
  1. dumbpollack says: Jul 2, 2014 7:53 PM

    Get me all, Urban! We need that crystal ball!!!

  2. classyjacklambert says: Jul 2, 2014 8:11 PM

    That overrated train starts slowly but picks up steam when the season starts to roll up!

  3. jrs45 says: Jul 2, 2014 8:30 PM

    Ok nonclassyjackkambert,

    A few things here. You do realize that clemsun has only finished a season ranked #1 one time since 1896 right?

    And the great jack lambert would be ashamed to know that a turd like you is using his name as a user name. You know that right?

    Then again I guess you gotta troll and rip on other teams when you don’t really have a lot to brag about right?

  4. mnsurferpimp says: Jul 2, 2014 8:56 PM

    Doesn’t matter, Jerry kill will have the golden gophers dominating all of college football within 3 years! They will be the next Alabama!!!!!
    Then again, I do a lot of drugs. That is irrelevant

  5. gary2525 says: Jul 2, 2014 9:05 PM

    Hilliard is a beast cornell will end up leaving cause he won’t see the field. And osu has no shot of getting LJ Scott.

  6. dkhhuey says: Jul 2, 2014 9:07 PM

    I laughed at some of my fellow Buckeye fans on 11 Warriors site a few months ago when they were all filled with angst over the lack of recruit commitments. I have the utmost faith in Urban and staff to bring in the talent they need! Looking at the defensive line monsters coming back, a gaggle of new recruits and the addition of Larry Johnson and Chris Ash as defensive coaches – it is going to be a much rougher defense to content with this year!

  7. irishlad19 says: Jul 2, 2014 9:24 PM

    Bringing SEC recruiting practices to the B1G is going to change the recruiting costs for many mid-western teams if they want to keep pace.
    The question is, how long will Urban last before he has to skip town ahead of sanctions?

  8. jrs45 says: Jul 2, 2014 10:47 PM

    irishlad19,

    Probably the same time Brian kelly has to skip done like he did in Oregon.

  9. dmvtransplant says: Jul 3, 2014 12:10 AM

    @ jrs45

    You know that Brian Kelly from Notre Dame and Chip Kelly from Oregon are two different people right?

    I’m only asking, because I’m a Philly Eagles fan so I do.

  10. tonyricemajorharris says: Jul 3, 2014 7:57 AM

    Urban can buy the best

  11. kastout11 says: Jul 3, 2014 8:00 AM

    Now that Penn State has a young coach with enthusiasm, it should be fun to watch the recruiting wars between Penn State and Ohio State. Franklin really came out of the gates strong. He will restore Penn State to its rightful place at the top of the B10.

  12. onbucky96 says: Jul 3, 2014 8:47 AM

    Has Urb had any prayer sessions with his tight ends yet? Let the Columbus PD know, Urb’s prayer sessions w/his TE at Florida turned out a winner…

  13. thraiderskin says: Jul 3, 2014 10:01 AM

    Onbucky96, what are u doing commenting? Kastout11, Penn State needs to do more for the B1G than every once in awhile win it. Until much further notice, the B1G is still Michigan and Ohio State.

  14. dacatindahat says: Jul 3, 2014 10:06 AM

    you telling me that the #1 inside linebacker is a 4 star recruit…???…yeah, right…

  15. gbpckr34 says: Jul 3, 2014 10:45 AM

    @theraiderskin more like Michigan State and Ohio State. Michigan hasn’t been a real threat to the conference since 2006

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