The Ohio State recruiting class of 2023 has the third best ranking for average prospect of any school

Ohio State is currently ranked sixth in 2023 after early signing day, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.

Employment rankings can be weird. Depending on which side of the team rating one looks at, and even which site is being used, differences of opinion can certainly occur and different ideas, both positive and negative, can come to mind.

Many people use 247Sports’ composite ratings as their go-to source for recruiting. Looking at the team rankings, Ohio State has #6 in 2023, where things currently stand as the early signing period draws to a close. But with just 20 commitments (all of which I signed Wednesday’s NLOI), the Buckeyes have the fifth-fewest number of commitments out of the top 25 teams in the current rankings, which means they’re going to be very hard pressed to be at the top of the standings. list given that the rankings are based solely on total points (i.e. the higher the commitments, the more points a team must receive).

Based on average rating per recruit, however, Ohio State has the #3 ranking, behind top-ranked Alabama (both in total points and average rating per recruit) and just barely behind Georgia.

2023 career class rankings (per 247 sports)

Team

247 Mathematical points (obligations)

average recruit

1. Alabama

328.97 (28)

94.90

2. Georgia

311.80 (27)

93.75

3. Texas

297.31 (22)

92.82

4. Miami

294.85 (26)

92.24

5. Oklahoma

289.69 (25)

91.74

6. Ohio State

287.66 (20)

93.57

Given that Ohio State has five eliminations and missed several other key targets including three five-star defensive ends, there’s reason to not be completely satisfied with the Buckeyes’ class of 2023. But Ohio State still signed one of the best classes in the country on Wednesday.

“They’re going to have an incredible opportunity here in Ohio,” said Ryan Day. “These are the guys who want to be Buckeyes. They know the opportunity is here… A lot of these guys have done it for the right reasons (and for the things) that really matter.”

On a more negative note, the Buckeyes have only one commitment from a five-star prospect (Brandon Inniss), marking the first time Ohio State has signed one five-star recruit since 2016 (Nick Bosa). Eight other schools have signed multiple Five-Stars, led by Alabama with an astonishing seven.

Five-Star Connections in 2023 (per 247 Athlete Composite Rankings)

Team

Five star number

1. Alabama

7

2. Georgia

2

3. Texas

4

4. Miami

3

5. Oklahoma

3

6. Ohio State

1

7. LSU

1

9. Tennessee

1

10. Clemson

1

11. Oregon

2

13. Texas A&M

2

14. Pennsylvania

1

15. USC

3

19. Florida

1

38. University of California

1

However, Ohio State’s class of 2023 isn’t far behind the others he’s signed today since becoming head coach.

Compare Ryan Day’s recruiting classes at The Ohio State University

general

Total points

number of commitments

Five star number

average recruit

2019

261.18 (fourteenth)

17

3

91.87 (3rd)

2020

294.92 (5th)

25

3

91.79 (fifth)

2021

321.78 (2nd)

23

7

95.05 (2nd)

2022

300.95 (Fourth)

21

2

94.17 (3rd)

2023

287.66 (sixth)

20

1

93.57 (3rd)

The Buckeyes are behind their Southern powerhouses in Alabama and Georgia, which have the advantage of having more leads in their backyard than the Buckeyes do. Day acknowledged that the Buckeyes would need to step up their game on the NIL front in order to compete with them and others for higher-ranked recruiting classes in the future.

“It’s Ohio State. We have to be the best in the country, and we will,” Day said of questions about his program and the NIL.

Early signing day is still over and the Buckeyes have a top five class. Not bad, right? And while the Buckeyes must now shift their entire focus toward playing Georgia on the field in the Peach Bowl, Ohio State can still make more additions to their roster—be it from the high school ranks or through the transfer gate—between now and the second National Signing Day. On February 1st.

“There’s still a lot going on,” Day said. “There is still a long way to go until February.”

Regardless of any other potential additions to the class of 2023, though, Day is confident the Buckeyes remain on track to continue competing for national championships with the newest 20 players they have signed up for the program.

“I know the program is in a great place,” Day said.

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