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.