The Ohio State football team is expected to get more commitments very soon

The Ohio State football team is expecting more recruits to announce their commitments to the Buckeyes.
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With the commitment of 3-star tight end Brody Lennon, the top-rated Ohio State football team's recruiting class has grown to 20. They’ve gotten four commitments in the last week and eight in the month of June. If the experts are correct, the Buckeyes will be adding more much sooner than later.

Friday afternoon, defensive tackle Trajen Odom is expected to pick the Buckeyes over USC and Oregon. The 6’4”, 285-pound native of Matthews, NC is the 31st ranked interior lineman. Another interior defensive lineman, Maxwell Roy (6’3”, 270) is also expected to commit to OSU sooner rather than later.

Roy, who is from the same high school as Marvin Harrison, Jr. and running back commit Isaiah West, is very athletic, explosive, and uses his hands well. He’s ranked 19th among defensive tackles. It was thought Michigan had a good chance of landing him. But after his visit there last weekend, recruiting experts now feel he’ll choose the Buckeyes.

There are mixed opinions on one player who will make his choice this weekend. For some time, most felt running back Jordon Davison (Santa Ana, CA) would pick OSU. While some still have predictions in for him to join the Buckeyes’ recruiting class, others think he’ll be headed elsewhere because they already have two players committed at this position. If Davison does spurn the Buckeyes, they still want to add a third running back to this class.

There are two players to keep an eye on who are announcing next week. On Wednesday, 7th-ranked edge rusher Justin Hill from Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati will choose between Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, and USC. Hill is looked at as a must-have player for the Ohio State program.

A high school linebacker, the Buckeyes see him playing the hybrid Jack position in defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ scheme. Right now, not a single recruiting expert has made a prediction of a landing spot for Hill. The other player to keep an eye on is Damien Shanklin.

The 11th-ranked edge rusher from Indianapolis will announce his choice on July 5th. Last month, he called Ohio State his dream school and many felt a commitment was coming soon. But in the time since, the only prediction given has been for him to choose LSU.

There are two very big fish out there who have yet to give an indication of when they will make their announcement. Five-star offensive tackle David Sanders, Jr. had a very good visit with the Buckeyes this past weekend, according to his father. For a good while, Clemson was considered the leader to land him. But the consensus now is it is down to Ohio State and Tennessee.

The other very big fish is Trey McNutt of Shaker Heights. The son of former Buckeye Richard McNutt is the top safety recruit in the country. He’s made four official visits so far but has not yet scheduled one with OSU, although he’s expected to do so at some point.


Having 20 commitments means space is dwindling in this recruiting class. Ohio State will probably take at least five more players and possibly even six. You can bet they’ll hold spots open for guys like Sanders, McNutt, and even a guy like defensive tackle Malik Autry, an Auburn commit who the Buckeyes are working hard to flip after he visited last weekend. Ryan Day and his staff have worked very hard to fill up this class, but there is still a lot of work to be done.