Heading into December, the Ohio State football program had the second-best recruiting class in the country for the 2024 class. They only sat behind Georgia in the rankings. By the time the month is over, they could fall out of the top five at the rate things are going,
Earlier this month, the Buckeyes had five-star defensive lineman Justin Scott flip to Miami. It was certainly a blow, but it didn't change their recruiting ranking. On Monday night, they lost another recruit to the Hurricanes, this time at a position that was already very thin,
Four-star running back Jordan Lyle has flipped to the Hurricanes. Lyle is out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has decided to not come to Columbus and instead head down to Miami to play his college football.
Having Lyle leave is not a good thing for the Buckeyes. The Ohio State football program is already dangerously thin at running back heading into next year with Miyan Williams heading to the NFL and Chip Trayanum and Evan Pryor transferring to different schools.
Without Lyle in the class, the Buckeyes are now bringing in just two running backs. If TreVeyon Henderson does decide to leave for the NFL, the Buckeyes are in a lot of trouble. That would leave Dallan Hayden as the only back who's taken a snap and it would leave the Buckeyes with just three scholarship running backs.
This is shaping up to be a troubling finish for the Buckeyes on the recruiting trail. They have already had several strike-outs in the last month trying to land prospects. They are now even having trouble holding onto their own recruiting class. There's a chance they lose another defensive lineman too.
The Buckeyes are holding on to dear life with this class.