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The Football Fever: Buckeyes sign arguably their best recruiting class ever

COLUMBUS -- An almost drama free recruiting cycle for Ohio State who signed 21 players for 2017, nine of whom are already enrolled.

“This could go down as one of the great classes,” Meyer said Wednesday. “We’re pretty fired up about this class.”

Five players were listed as the No. 1 player at their position by one of the four recruiting services and seven received a five-star ratings.

Number one at their position included both Jeffrey Okudah, from Grand Prairie, Texas, and Shaun Wade, from Jacksonville, Fla., at cornerback, with Okudah earning the honor from 247Sports and Wade from ESPN.

Linebacker Baron Browning, from Fort Worth, Texas, and one of five from the state who signed with Ohio State, is the top outside linebacker per Rivals, 247Sports and Scout. Wyatt Davis, from Bellflower, Calif., is the No. 1 offensive guard by those same three organizations.

Junior college transfer Kendall Sheffield, from Missouri City, Texas, and by way of Blinn College, is the No. 1 junior college cornerback in his class.

Browning, Davis, Okudah and Wade all earned five-star rankings by one or more of the services, as did wide receiver Trevon Grimes, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., quarterback Tate Martell, from Las Vegas, and defensive end Chase Young, out of Hyattsville, Md.

In addition, handfuls of new Buckeyes are considered among the Top 5 at their positions, including: RB J.K. Dobbins (No. 2 all-purpose by 247Sports; No. 3 athlete by Scout; No. 5 RB by ESPN), DT Haskell Garrett (No. 4 DT by Scout), Grimes (No. 4 by Rivals; No. 5 by ESPN), K Blake Haubeil (No. 2 247Sports), OG Josh Myers (No. 2 by 247Sports and Rivals; No. 3 by Scout); SAF Isaiah Pryor (No. 3 by ESPN), ATH Brendon White (No. 2 by Rivals; No. 3 by 247Sports) and Young (No. 2 WDE by 247Sports; No. 3 WDE by ESPN and Rivals).

Ohio State’s recruiting class includes seven players from the state of Ohio and 14 from around the country. In addition to those two states, Ohio State’s class of recruits includes three from Florida, two from Nevada and one apiece from California, Indiana, Maryland and New York.

From a positional standpoint, and with six defensive backs declaring early for the NFL the past two years, the class is heavy with six defensive backs. It also features three offensive linemen, three defensive linemen, three wide receivers, two linebackers and one quarterback, running back, kicker and “athlete.”

2017 Ohio State Recruiting Class Roster

Baron Browning LB 6-4 230 Fort Worth, Texas/Kennedale

Jerron Cage DT 6-3 280 Cincinnati / Winton Woods

Wyatt Davis OL 6-4 310 Bellflower, Calif. / St. John Bosco

J.K. Dobbins RB 5-10 199 La Grange, Texas / La Grange

Ellijah Gardiner WR 6-4 200 Kemp, Texas / Kemp

Haskell Garrett DT 6-2 286 Las Vegas / Bishop Gorman

Trevon Grimes WR 6-4 202 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas

Jaylen Harris WR 6-5 205 Cleveland / Cleveland Heights

Blake Haubeil K 6-3 200 Buffalo, N.Y. / Canisius

Tate Martell QB 5-10 203 Las Vegas / Bishop Gorman

Thayer Munford OL 6-6 325 Cincinnati / Massillon Washington

Josh Myers OL 6-6 306 Miamisburg, Ohio / Miamisburg

Jeffrey Okudah CB 6-1 190 Grand Prairie, Texas / South Grand Prairie

Isaiah Pryor S 6-2 195 Bradenton, Fla. / IMG Academy

Amir Riep CB 5-11 183 Cincinnati / Colerain

Kendall Sheffield CB 6-0 183 Missouri City, Texas / Blinn College

Shaun Wade CB 6-2 175 Jacksonville, Fla. / Trinity Christian Academy

Pete Werner LB 6-3 215 Indianapolis / Cathedral

Brendon White ATH 6-2 205 Powell, Ohio / Olentangy Liberty

Marcus Williamson CB 5-10 170 Westerville, Ohio / IMG Academy

Chase Young DE 6-5 240 Hyattsville, Md. / DeMatha Catholic

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