All in all I think Coach Tressel did alright recruiting for the upcoming season, which will be his ninth year as the Buckeye leader.
The Buckeyes signed seven players that were included on the ESPNU 150 list.
Their top recruit, No. 22 on the list, being Jaamal Berry, a 5' 11", 185 lbs, running back from Miami Palmetto High School in Florida.
Berry is an explosive back with elite acceleration and speed. He has very quick feet, runs low to the ground, and he finishes runs by putting his head down and running over defenders—he is fearless.
This fearlessness has led to injuries though. He suffered a broken wrist and a high ankle sprain which led to him missing four straight games in his senior year.
No. 32 on the list is linebacker Dorian Bell, who is 6' 0'', 220 lbs. Dorian is from Gateway Senior High School in Monroeville, PA.
Bell is extremely fast and explosive. He is very hard to block and runs sideline to sideline as fast as any linebacker in the country. He matches up very well with the slot receivers and shows excellent range. He anticipates snap counts, and reaches top speed in steps. He is a great tackler and wraps up very well.
No. 88 on the list is cornerback C.J. Barnett—6' 1'' 175 lbs. C.J. is from Northmont Senior High School in Clayton, OH.
C.J. is a physical cornerback with great skills in zone coverage. He is excellent at jamming receivers in man to man coverage. He shows great instincts when it comes to reading quarterbacks and breaking to the ball. His speed could be tested at the college level.
No. 99 on the list is Safety Jamie Wood—6' 2'', 185 lbs. Jamie is from Pickerington Central High School in Pickerington, OH.
Jamie is a big, strong safety, who works very hard in the weight room and in practice. He shows huge heart and a drive to be the best. He has the heart and mind of a linebacker. He is a big hitter, and will be a force coming off the edge in blitz situations. He will get to the quarterback.
No. 124 is Defensive End Melvin Fellows—6' 4'', 245 lbs. Melvin is from Garfield Heights High School in Garfield Heights, OH.
Fellows is a big strong kid who shows promise and can be a great run stopper at the next level. He is not a great pass rusher but he stands his ground and takes on blockers very well. He has a hitch before he gets moving that slows him a bit on the snap, so he will have to improve on that.
No. 126 is Center Jack Mewhort—6' 6'', 285 lbs. Jack is from Saint John's High School in Toledo, OH.
Mewhort is going to be an outstanding Center for the Buckeyes. If he were a guard I think he would have been much higher on the ESPNU 150 list, and should have been ranked higher anyway.
He is the No. 2 ranked center in the country. Jack is a very tall guy, he is a basketball player so he has very quick feet, and a huge wingspan. He will blow defenders off the line and can get into the second level for down field blocks. Mewhort's potential is very high. Barring injury he should excel at the college level.
No. 131 is Wide Receiver Duron Carter—6' 3'', 183 lbs. Duron is from Saint Thomas Aquinas School, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Carter is an excellent receiver with great hands. Duron possesses a very high football IQ, has excellent speed, and, just like his Hall of Fame father Cris Carter, he is very good at getting open and making big plays. Let's just hope he has as much talent as his dad did at the same age.
If there is a player on the list that I wish The Buckeyes could have landed, it would be Isaiah Bell, a big safety from Youngstown, Ohio. Bell is a playmaker who is very fast and highly talented. He has an uncanny ability to intercept passes and is a very good kick returner.
Bell signed with Michigan, so add him to the long list of Ohio high school kids who have always tried to make sure that team up north stay competive with the Buckeyes. Just one more spark in the rivalry.
Coach Tressel and his staff recruited these kids as well as the seven on the ESPNU 150 list:
Dominic Clarke, DB, 5' 11" 180 pounds. Frederick, Maryland.
Adam Bellamy, DL, 6' 4'' 280 pounds. Aurora, Ohio.
Chris Fields, WR, 6' 1'' 185 pounds. Painesville, Ohio.
Reid Fragel, TE, 6' 7'' 260 pounds. Grosse Pointe. Michigan. (Ha, we got one.)
Kenny Guiton, QB, 6' 3'' 180 pounds. Houston, Texas.
Zach Boren, LB, 6' 1'' 255 pounds. Pickerington, Ohio.
Corey Brown, DB/WR, 6' 1'' 180 pounds. Monroeville, PA. (Teammate of OSU recruit Dorian Bell)
Jordan Hall, RB, 5' 10'' 190 pounds. Jeannette, PA. (Teammate of Terrell Pryor)
Jonathan Newsome, DL 6' 3'' 230 pounds. Cleveland, Ohio.
Carlos Hyde, RB 6' 1'' 230 pounds. Naples, Florida.
James Jackson, WR 5' 11'' 175 pounds. Grand Ledge, Michigan. (not another one)
Jordan Whiting, LB 6' 1'' 235 pounds. Louisville, Kentucky.
Storm Klein, LB 6' 3'' 225 pounds. Newark, Ohio. (Ohio Gatorade player of the year)
That is a look at the 2009 recruiting class. Ohio State's future looks brighter than ever to me.
I will give you a couple of names to watch out for in 2010. If only the Buckeyes could build a wall around the state of Ohio and keep our kids here.
Jordan Hicks is a Linebacker from West Chester, Ohio. Hicks is an awesome talent. He is very fast (4.56 40 yard dash), a very good tackler, and is very smart.
He recorded 88 tackles, 16 for loss, four sacks, and two INT's in 2008. He is being recruited by LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Illinois, West Virginia, Stanford, Duke, Indiana, Cincinnati, Texas, USC, Alabama, Florida, and Ohio State.
Spencer Ware, a running back from Cincinnati, Ohio. Ware is a running back playing quarterback in a shotgun spread offense. He reminds me of Terrell Pryor, with his live arm and running ability. As a sophomore in 2007, he racked up over 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns.
So, Coach Tressel if you are reading this, recruit these two kids very hard, because if you don't, you know they will end up in Michigan.