The Ohio State football program signed most of its 2024 recruiting class back in December. The early signing period has taken most of the luster out of National Signing Day, which is today. Most recruits elect to sign early so they can enroll sooner to get a jump on Spring ball.
That's the case for the Buckeyes as well. They officially added just one player to the 2024 class today and that's defensive end Dominic Kirks. We told you about Kirks' commitment a couple of weeks ago. He becomes the 22nd recruit for this class.
Ohio State finishes with the fifth-best class in the country, but that doesn't account for the addition of Julian Sayin. Sayin is officially counted in Alabama's class because he technically enrolled there before Nick Saban retired. If he counted for the Buckeyes, they'd be higher in the rankings.
If you add Sayin into this class, the Buckeyes have two five-star recruits. It's a smaller class of just 22 because the Buckeyes had a lot of players come back for next season. They were also active in the transfer portal so that left fewer roster spots open as well.
The Ohio State football program has some good players coming in this year. A lot of them are enrolling early too. As far as recruits who could make an impact immediately, Jeremiah Smith and Eddrick Houston come to mind. Both of them have a shot at extended playing time as freshmen.
We won't know the full impact of this class for a couple of years. 2025 is when we will see the majority of these guys get significant playing time. At that time, we can fully assess the success of the full class. My gut instinct is that this class is solid but not great as a whole. They have three or four studs in the class though.