Ohio State Football: What to expect on early Signing Day

The Ohio State football program will welcome in new recruits tomorrow for the early signing period. Here's what to expect.

Oct 27, 2023; Fairburn, GA, USA; Langston Hughes Panthers quarterback Air Noland (1) scrambles out
Oct 27, 2023; Fairburn, GA, USA; Langston Hughes Panthers quarterback Air Noland (1) scrambles out / John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

The Ohio State football program will have a busy day tomorrow as the early signing window for the 2024 recruiting class starts. The Buckeyes currently have the No. 2 ranked class in the nation, according to 247 Sports, and they have the No. 1 overall player in wider receiver Jeremiah Smith.

But as Ohio State awaits the papers to be signed on Wednesday, a lot can happen. And some things already have, including the flip of four-star running back recruit Jordan Lyle. Lyle has been committed to Ohio State and running backs coach Tony Alford since the summer. He was supposed to be paired with another four-star back, James Peoples, to help bolster this now-depleted running backs room in Columbus. Lyle flipped to Miami yesterday.

In addition to the Lyle flip, the Buckeyes also lost out on five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott last month, as he too flipped to Miami. So, what can we expect tomorrow as the early signing period starts?

The Buckeyes should be in good shape with 22 hard commitments. There should not be any worry of top recruits such as Smith, quarterback Air Noland, or five-star receiver Mylan Graham making any surprise decisions.

The one to keep your eye on however is five-star defensive end Eddrick Houston of Bufford, Georgia. He was a massive win for Larry Johnson, as Johnson failed to deliver on a five-star end the past three recruiting cycles. But Houston's has recently visited Clemson and Alabama over the past week, leaving some to worry about a potential flip.

Ohio State and Johnson also lost a big battle yesterday for four-star defensive tackle Carlon Jones who has been flying up the recruiting rankings recently. He de-committed from Nebraska last month and it was thought that the Buckeyes had a great chance at landing him, but he instead chose USC.

This leaves four-star defensive end Amaris Williams as the last real battle of the 24' recruiting class. He is a big-time prospect from Clinton, North Carolina who has been favored to Ohio State. Larry Johnson must close the deal on him as the Ohio State football team only has two defensive line recruits for this class so far. It won't be easy though as Florida, Auburn, and Georgia have all been making late pushes for him.

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Hopefully Ohio State can get Williams to sign on the dotted line tomorrow to help close this class off strong. For all the negativity surrounding Ohio State recruiting lately, they still have managed to put together one heck of a class. Let's just hope nobody else surprises us and flips elsewhere.