When you’ve paid consideration to the commitments Ohio State has landed this week, you already know the easy fact: Brian Hartline is nice at recruiting.
That truth grew to become crystal clear over the past three days as Ohio State landed three commitments in a row from extensive receivers who’re all ranked among the many prime 50 prospects within the 2023 class: Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss and Noah Rogers.
It is not as if Hartline’s recruiting prowess was any secret earlier than this week, although. Ohio State has introduced in elite recruiting lessons on the extensive receiver place yr in and yr since Hartline grew to become Ohio State’s extensive receiver coach halfway via the 2019 recruiting cycle. These lessons have persistently been among the many greatest within the nation, making a stockpile of expertise that has set Ohio State up for excellence on the extensive receiver place for years to come back.
In his first 5 recruiting cycles as Ohio State’s extensive receivers coach, Hartline has landed 17 extensive receiver commits, and all however three of them have been ranked throughout the prime 100 prospects of their respective recruiting lessons
Now that Ohio State has seemingly wrapped up its 2023 recruiting class on the extensive receiver place, and executed so in spectacular trend, it is price having a look at every of Hartline’s first 5 recruiting lessons as a full-time assistant coach and why every of them has been trigger for celebration. For these whose members have truly began their Ohio State careers, we additionally check out how these lessons have fared to this point.
2019: Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams
The primary recruiting class of Brian Hartline’s tenure as Ohio State’s extensive receivers coach included solely two wideouts, however each of these receivers have already gone on to be top-12 total picks within the NFL draft.
Hartline was nonetheless only a high quality management coach when Wilson dedicated to Ohio State, however he helped guarantee Wilson remained dedicated to the Buckeyes after the departments of Zach Smith and City Meyer. Because the No. 20 total prospect within the 2019 class, Wilson was the highest-rated extensive receiver Ohio State had ever signed on the time, and he grew to become precisely the participant he was anticipated to be. In three seasons as a Buckeye (certainly one of which was shortened as a result of COVID-19 pandemic), Wilson caught 143 passes for two,213 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Williams, who grew to become the primary extensive receiver to truly decide to Hartline in September 2018 whereas Hartline was Ohio State’s interim extensive receivers coach, was a one-year starter for the Buckeyes in 2020 however didn’t absolutely understand his potential till he transferred to Alabama, the place he was a Biletnikoff Award finalist in 2021. Hartline nonetheless had a hand in Williams’ improvement, although, and his emergence as a first-round draft choose is just aiding Hartline’s efforts to proceed recruiting prime extensive receivers to Columbus.
The one extensive receiver from the category of 2019 chosen greater than them on this yr’s NFL draft was USC’s Drake London, who was not provided by the Buckeyes because the No. 247 total prospect within the cycle.
2020: Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott Jr., Mookie Cooper
Hartline shortly carried out his potential to recruit at an elite degree in his first full recruiting cycle on the job by bringing in probably the most talent-rich extensive receiver class in Ohio State historical past. Ohio State grew to become simply the second college (following Alabama in 2017) within the composite rankings period to land 4 extensive receivers who had been all ranked throughout the prime 100 total prospects in the identical recruiting class, and Hartline was ranked by 247Sports because the nation’s prime recruiter amongst assistant coaches.
Fleming, the No. 3 total prospect within the class, grew to become the highest-rated extensive receiver signee in Ohio State historical past (a title he nonetheless holds). Smith-Njigba was the No. 29 total prospectpairing with Fleming to change into the primary duo of five-star extensive receivers to signal with Ohio State in the identical yr, whereas Scott was 66th and Cooper was 93rd within the last composite rankings.
Thus far, the precise on-field outcomes for this class have been combined. Fleming’s first two years at Ohio State have been affected by harm, Scott transitioned to tight finish after one season and hasn’t but performed a lot and Cooper transferred to Missouri after only one yr.
After all, Smith-Njigba has confirmed to be the whole lot he was recruited to be after which some along with his record-setting sophomore season wherein he caught 95 passes for 1,606 yards. And Fleming and Scott nonetheless have loads of time to make good at their potential, though Scott’s place coach is now Kevin Wilson relatively than Hartline.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Julian Fleming grew to become the primary pair of five-star extensive receivers to ever signal with Ohio State in the identical recruiting class.
2021: Emeka Egbuka, Marvin Harrison Jr., Jayden Ballard
Hartline hit one other residence run within the 2021 recruiting class, when Ohio State landed the three receivers it pursued most aggressively in that class and continued its run of solely signing receivers who had been ranked throughout the prime 100 prospects within the class. It marked the second yr in a row that Ohio State landed the top-rated extensive receiver within the class, as Egbuka was ranked because the No. 1 wideout and No. 10 total prospect within the 2021 cycle.
Whereas Ohio State’s class wasn’t fairly the highest extensive receiver recruiting class on paper that yr – Alabama signed 4 receivers who had been all ranked throughout the prime 75 – there’s already proof to recommend the Buckeyes’ 2021 class of receivers might find yourself being one of the best from that yr when all is alleged and executed.
Egbuka confirmed flashes of star potential in his first season as a Buckeye. So too did Harrison Jr., who caught three touchdowns in his first profession begin and already seems like he was underrated as simply the No. 97 total prospect in his class. Ballard, who stays the one in-state extensive receiver Ohio State has signed in Hartline’s tenure, did not play a lot as a real freshman however garnered loads of reward for his efficiency in his second spring as a Buckeye.
2022: Caleb Brown, Kyion Grayes, Caleb Burton, Kojo Antwi
The latest recruiting class to reach at Ohio State was the primary certainly one of Hartline’s tenure that did not embody a five-star extensive receiver and likewise the primary that included receivers ranked outdoors the highest 100 total prospects of their class. However that does not imply the Buckeyes’ new freshman class of receivers lacks expertise.
As has persistently been the case in Hartline’s tenure, Ohio State landed the receivers it pursued most closely. Brown and Grayes had been each ranked among the many prime 88 total prospects within the class, with Grayes hovering up the rankings throughout his senior yr after his dedication to Ohio State. Burton was rated as a five-star prospect on the time of his dedication to the Buckeyes earlier than sliding to 132nd within the last rankings, whereas the Buckeyes beat out heavy competitors from Georgia to land Antwi, the No. 151 total prospect within the last composite rankings.
They haven’t but performed any snaps for Ohio State, and with all of the expertise that got here in with the 2 recruiting lessons in entrance of them, there won’t be loads of enjoying time obtainable for the brand new freshmen in 2022. Any certainly one of them might show to be a star in time, although, they usually convey a various group of ability units that ought to complement one another nicely as they every look to earn their manner into the rotation in numerous roles.
2023: Brandon Inniss, Carnell Tate, Noah Rogers, Bryson Rodgers
As spectacular as Hartline’s recruiting lessons at Ohio State have been yr in and yr out, the category he is now assembled for 2023 is arguably his most interesting work but.
The rankings for this recruiting cycle is not going to be finalized till after they play their senior seasons, but when Inniss (presently 18th total), Tate (twenty eighth) and Rogers (fiftieth) all stay throughout the prime 50 prospects within the class, Ohio State would change into simply the third college to signal three top-50 total prospects on the extensive receiver place in the identical class, together with Alabama in 2021 (Ja’Corey Brooks, Agiye Corridor and JoJo Earle) and Texas in 2000 (BJ Johnson, Roy Williams and Sloan Thomas).
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Whereas it’s potential any of their recruiting rankings might drop by the tip of the cycle, additionally it is potential any of them might transfer up the rankings, significantly Bryson Rodgers, who would presently be the lowest-ranked extensive receiver signee of the Hartline period because the No. 270 total prospect within the 2023 class. It appears seemingly his last rating will in the end be greater, although, contemplating Ohio State made him a precedence and accepted his dedication earlier than touchdown another wideouts within the class.
Extra importantly than the ultimate rankings, Ohio State has as soon as once more landed the receivers it wished most apart from top-ranked 2023 receiver Zachariah Department, who dedicated to USC. With the No. 2 and No. 3 receivers within the class dedicated, although, Ohio State is about to signal one of the best class of extensive receivers within the nation as soon as once more. And Hartline is presently on monitor to be 247Sports’ prime recruiter of the yr for the second time in 4 years.
So long as Inniss and Tate keep their five-star standing, Ohio State will change into the second college within the composite rating period to signal a number of five-star extensive receivers in two completely different recruiting lessons (together with Texas), they usually’ve completed that purpose fully inside Hartline’s first 4 years as Ohio State’s receivers coach.