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Ohio State Buckeyes complete another Top 5 recruiting class

Urban Meyer

Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class finished second in the 247 Sports rankings, which is coach Urban Meyer’s third straight top-five class.

The incoming group of 26 players includes three five-star athletes and an incredible 20 four-star players.

Signing Day itself brought two new additions to that class in 6’6”, 272 pound offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere, the top player nationally at his position, and 6’5”, 215 pound linebacker Javontae Jean-Baptist.

Petit-Frere is not only a five-star tackle, he’s also the third highest rated Ohio State recruit during the Meyer era, behind only Noah Spence (2012) and Nick Bosa (2016).

Both he and Jean-Baptist were recruited by Buckeye defensive coordinator Greg Schiano. Schiano today told Fox Sports reporter Bruce Feldman that, despite speculation he would be taking the defensive coordinator’s job with the New England Patriots, he intends to remain at OSU this upcoming season.

Eight of Ohio State’s recruits are already early enrollees, a list headlined by Tyreke Johnson out of Jacksonville, Florida, 247’s second-ranked safety in the country.

“I just want to credit our staff,” Meyer said. “Recruiting is the name of the game, and our coaches all did a very good job. I’m very proud of them.”

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