The Ohio State football team has had a rough week. First, they lost to Michigan on Saturday in a game where they were clearly outcoached. Not only did it knock them out of a shot to play for a Big Ten title, it took them pretty much out of the College Football Playoff conversation.
Now, the Buckeyes took a big hit on the recruiting trail. Five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott flipped his commitment from the Ohio State football program to Miami. It’s a massive blow that really huts the strength of Ohio State’s recruiting class just a couple of weeks before Signing Day.
What’s strange is that Scott mentioned that Miami had never offered him before. Once he was offered by them, he quickly flipped. Undoubtedly, NIL money is one of the big drivers of this flip in recruitment. It’s pretty clear that’s the driving force behind this decision.
That doesn’t matter though. Ohio State is trying to do the same thing with their many NIL collectives. You can bet they are trying to do the same thing with other five-star recruits. The problem is that Ryan Day just got dunked on by a rival team for the third straight year.
Larry Johnson’s age doesn’t help this either. Johnson is 70 years old and isn’t getting any younger. Retirement is not so far away from him and programs have been negatively recruiting against him for years using that information. It might finally be working.
The lack of sacks from the defensive line this past year probably didn’t help either. J.T. Tuimoloau was the leader on the defensive line in sacks and he had just four. Those aren’t the type of numbers big-time recruits want to be putting up.
This is a massive loss for the Buckeyes. They just keep taking L’s.