no matter how the rest of the class fills out between now and the actual day the seniors sign a letter of intent on Feb. 1, Ohio State fans already have a whole lot to be excited about. Whoever else they land from this point on should be considered merely a bonus.
With national signing day just around the corner, we are able to get a bird’s eye view of the 2006 recruiting class.
We will see what a deep class it was. Look at the schools that took Ohio talent this year. Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, Auburn and Notre Dame all came to Ohio in search of talent.
That also shows where Ohio State is in stature. There has been enough national success to ask the question, “Is Ohio State a national recruiting power?”
The fact that the staff could pass on players that drew some of the nation's heavyweights to Ohio answers that question. The other thing that will be remembered, possibly the most important thing, is the impact of more stringent academic standards. This class is surely top 10 and is at least in the discussion for top five. Thaddeus Gibson and Raymond Small are top 100 players. Derrell Johnson is a great player. What does the class look like if all three of them make it?