When it came to OSU’s recruiting rankings, the program was consistently ranked among the top programs in the country, with a number of schools (including Iowa) calling the program their top target.
But it was the Knights that would get to play the most football, and it was thanks to an outstanding recruiting class of 2016, which included six-star wide receiver Jourdan Lewis.
Lewis would go on to be a first-round pick, while the Knights’ top recruiting class was also the best in school history.
Lewis is currently the top-ranked wide receiver in the 2017 class, and his recruiting profile is nothing short of sensational.
Lewis, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete, has made a name for himself with a variety of special teams contributions and his ability to make plays in the air has earned him the nickname of the “Airman.”
He was a two-time all-conference performer at Texas A&M in 2017, and he has had a career year with the Knights.
He also has a reputation as a player who can get after the passer, and that is certainly evident in his ability in pass-catching situations.
Lewis has recorded at least 25 catches in each of his first three seasons, which is tied for the fifth-most among all receivers in program history.
Lewis’ success has been helped by the presence of a number a true freshman, the aforementioned Jourdane Lewis, who was a top-five prospect in the 2018 class.
The Knights have added five new wide receivers over the past two seasons.
The departures of Brandon Thomas and Johnnie Banks have made room for freshmen Jourdain Lewis and Jouradne Lonsdales.
It should come as no surprise that the Knights have been a hot commodity throughout the recruiting process, as their recruiting class ranked among one of the best nationally in 2017.
The program has been a major recruiting force since 2015, and with that success, they have also become a top destination for high school prospects.
“Our team is building a special foundation for a future where OSU is one of Ohio State’s top recruiting programs,” OSU President Greg McGarity said in a press release.
“We are very excited to have Jourdhane Lewis as our newest addition to our roster, and I look forward to working with him in the coming months.”
With the addition of Lewis, OSU has added five players in the past five years.
In fact, the school added five recruits in the span of just one season, as Lewis’ addition made room on the recruiting list for two other players in junior-college transfer Kaitlin Haughton and four-star defensive tackle Jourdin Lewis.
The other two players on the roster are freshman safety Jairon Taylor, who will be joining the team for his senior year and the former defensive lineman Tyrell Jenkins.
While Lewis is the top recruit in the program, it is also important to note that the recruitment of another key piece to the program in sophomore wide receiver Darrion Wilson, who is currently on campus and has not committed to OSUS, is also significant.
OSU has a number in-state recruits on its recruiting list.
Freshman wide receiver Tyrell Johnson is ranked No. 1 overall in the 247Sports Composite, and while he is not on OSU official lists yet, he is a high-profile recruit, as he was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy this year.
He is also a member of the Under Armour All-America team.
Johnson is one-third of the program’s receiving targets and is one to watch heading into this season.
On the other side of the ball, the 2018 recruiting class had a number who are also high-end prospects.
Running back Trevon Stewart, who went No. 11 overall in last year’s recruiting class, is a two years removed from being one of college football’s top players.
He has already had success with the OSUs’ offensive line, which helped the Buckeyes get to the postseason in each year of the 2017 campaign.
Running backs coach Michael Schofield is also well-known in Ohio State recruiting circles.
The former Michigan offensive coordinator and current head coach at Michigan is one that has been at the forefront of the Buckeye football program for years, and Schofets experience in the trenches and on special teams have helped him with the recruitment process.
With that in mind, it would be unfair to paint OSU in a bad light when it comes back-to-back recruiting classes, as the program has made it a priority to add talent to the recruiting class.
It is just another chapter in a great season, and the Knights and the Bucas should be very proud of what they have accomplished during that time.