Jim Tressel Resigns: What Will Happen to Ohio State's 2012 Recruiting Class?
I woke up this morning with the idea of sleeping in, eating Memorial BBQ and relaxing. Then I was awakened to the sound of breaking news: Jim Tressel has resigned from his post as head football coach at Ohio State.
This is mega news, folks.
Ohio State is one of the flagship programs of college football and Tressel is one of the good guys in the game. As always, this severely affects recruiting and the Buckeyes were off to a good start on the trail.
What happens now with their 2012 recruiting class?
2012 Buckeye Recruiting Class at a Glance
After signing a top-10 recruiting class in 2011, including headliners in 5-star QB Braxton Miller and 5-star LB Curtis Grant, the Buckeyes have already made major strides in 2012 recruiting.
Ohio State currently sits with a seven-man recruiting class, with four of the seven rated as 4-star prospects or higher.
The headliners are 5-star RB Bri'onte Dunn and 5-star OT Kyle Kalis. The 4-star RB Warren Ball will be a fantastic all-purpose threat due to his athleticism and receiving skills, while 4-star LB Josh Perry is a 6'3", 225-pounder that can play all three LB spots in the OSU 4-3 alignment.
Bri'onte Dunn Gone?
Bri'onte Dunn, a 5-star RB commit from Canton (OH), is a 6'1", 225-pounder that displays a skill set to make him one of the premier "big back" prospects in the country.
Dunn committed to Tressel as a junior in high school last September and seemed solid in his pledge. But a few weeks ago he took a stunning unofficial visit to Michigan.
Dunn claimed at the time he was still pledged to the Buckeye program, but speculation has been very apparent of a possible de-commitment.
With Tressel gone, this seems more likely.
A Perry or Ball De-Commitment Is Very Unlikely
Josh Perry is a 4-star LB and seems to be among the very solid commitments Ohio State has. Perry stands over 6'3", and weighs over 225 pounds with great athletic ability. Perry is currently a three-sport star for his Olentangy (OH) high school team.
I think his best position in a few years will be the "Sam" LB spot.
Ohio State has been his dream school since he was a kid, and he seems to be a player that loves Jim Tressel, but loves Ohio State football even more.
Count 4-star RB Warren Ball 100 percent devout to Ohio State as well. Ball has stated his pledge is not affected by the Buckeyes' NCAA investigation.
Buckeyes Out of the Jameis Winston Sweepstakes?
Jameis Winston is the No. 2-ranked QB prospect in the country for 2012, as the 6'4", 200-pounder can beat a team with his rifle arm or speedy legs.
Winston chose to attend an Elite 11 workout at Ohio State with keen sense to kill two birds with one stone, as he could work out for the Elite 11 camp and also see the OSU campus.
Even though many expect the race to come down to Alabama and Florida State, Winston insisted to the Buckeyes coaching staff that he is giving them a serious look.
One has to imagine the Buckeyes' chances of landing the dual-threat/dual-sport Winston are severely impacted with Tressel stepping down.
Buckeyes Out for Nation's Top Prospect?
Dorial Green-Beckham is the top player on my board, as well as many others. A 6'6", 220-pound WR with low 4.4 speed and freakish athleticism, "DGB" is a future star in the mold of Calvin Johnson.
He has been extremely private and close to the vest with his recruitment, but has visited Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Ole Miss and Missouri among others.
His guardian and high school coach John Beckham has said Dorial has began to eliminate schools. With uncertainty at the head coach position and future of the program, Ohio State could be on the outs in the DGB sweepstakes.
Washington Still Visiting Columbus?
Ohio State, Kentucky, Alabama, Michigan and Miami are the top five for Adolphus Washington, a 6'5", 250-pound DE prospect.
With him being a basketball standout and perhaps wishing to play both sports in college, the school with the best combo of greatness on both the hardwood and gridiron obviously is Ohio State.
Will Washington choose to take his official visit to Columbus now that Jim Tressel has resigned?
Is Pittman's Official Visit to OSU in the Fall Still On?
Se'Von Pittman is a similar prospect to Adolphus Washington, as he stands 6'4", 225 pounds and is another solid DE prospect from Ohio.
Pittman has two official visits already planned to Ohio State and Michigan, but the Ohio State visit may be in question.
Pittman also would unofficially like to see Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Louisville, so when it comes time to filling out his other three given visits, there is a chance the Buckeyes will not indeed get a chance to host him in the fall.
Odenigbo Loved Tressel Protecting His Players
A 6'3", 220-pound DE/OLB hybrid, Ifeadi Odenigbo is one of the most explosive pass rushers in the country. He seems a perfect fit as a 3-4 OLB with his explosive, snap quickness and bend ability and burst to finish.
He has visited Ohio State, Notre Dame and Cincinnati among others so far and loved his visit to Columbus.
Odenigbo also said he had no issue with Jim Tressel doing what he did to cause the NCAA investigation, as that showed him Tressel had his players' backs. Ohio State is one the leaders for Odenigbo, but that was largely because of Tressel.