During the month of February college football comes back to life for a short period of time. For college football fans, this time of month is huge for their favorite team. February is know as “college football recruiting month.” Coaches spend years recruiting athletes to their schools and it all comes down to National Signing Day, February 7th. Signing day is where the nation’s top football high school seniors decided where they will play their next four, sometimes three, years of football. Every February 7th is filled with heartbreaks and shocking decisions.
I personally keep watch on Ohio State’s recruiting classes year round. This gives me an idea of how talented the Buckeyes will be each season, and how they stack up against other recruiting classes and future teams.
Since Jim Tressel took the head coaching job at Ohio State, the Buckeye’s recruiting classes have strongly improved. With Tressel as head coach, excluding this year’s class, the Buck’s recruiting has always been in the top 25, if not, in the top 10. With commits like Tedd Ginn Jr., Troy Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Chris Wells, Anthony Gonzalez, etc. I would say Tressel is a VERY good recruiter.
That brings us to this year’s class of ’10. This year was the first time I can remember Ohio State not having a top 25 recruiting class (according to Rivals.com, Scout.com or ESPN.com). As I read outside blogs about the Buckeye recruiting class of ’10, I find myself reading a lot of negative feedback towards Tressel and his “lack of aggression” in this year’s recruiting.
The Ohio State University and Jim Tressel would never recruit an athlete that wouldn’t benefit the team. Although the Bucks didn’t draw in any five stars (considered best athletes in the country) in this year’s class, Tressel has created more five stars then he has recruited.
In the 2005 class, Tressel used two scholarships on two three-stared athletes. James Laurinaitis, and Malcolm Jenkins. Both of these underrated football players were drafted in the first round and were HUGE influences on the Buckeye defense. A.J. Hawk and Santonio Holmes are more examples of underrated athletes that coach Jim Tressel has turned in to five star prospects.
No matter the ratings or the stars Ohio State recruits receive, I will always trust Tressel’s decision when it comes to recruiting.