Buckeyes Are Off To Blazing Start
Alex Boone
Alex Boone
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Jul 29, 2004
Jamie Newberg, TheInsiders.com National Recruiting Analyst

Jim Tressel and his Buckeyes are off to a very impressive start in the recruiting battles as they have loaded up early with some impressive recruits.

Some Buckeye fans would say that Ohio State never capitalized on their recent national championship when it came to recruiting. What? Since they beat Miami for the ultimate title in college football Jim Tressel and his Buckeyes have recruited very well. Last season they finished No. 11 overall in TheInsiders.com Team Recruiting Rankings. And they may move up when we re-rank next month.

But that’s here nor there. The fact of the matter is that Ohio State has recruited very well and they are one of many teams like Texas, Virginia, Michigan, and Florida that are off to blazing starts for this recruiting season and it’s not even August yet.

If Ohio State does have a recruiting need this season it’s on the offensive line. But that’s solved with what they’ve added so far with commitments from Alex Boone, Kevin Bemoll and Jim Cordle. Boone, a five-star commitment from Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward High School, is one of the top offensive tackles in the country and the No. 6 overall OL. He’s got your prototype size at 6-8 and 280 pounds and he should be a monster in the trenches for Ohio State. Like Boone, Cordle is from the Buckeye State (Lancaster, Ohio). This four-star recruit should play guard and at this point he’s a terrific run blocker. Bemoll, another four-star prospect, is from the West Coast and Mission Viejo (Calif.). Bemoll is one of the top prospects from that region and comes from a passing offense.

A future pass/catch combination in Columbus could be Rob Schoenhoft to Brian Hartline. Schoenhoft is a raw quarterback from Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier. Is he as polished as Mark Sanchez, who recently committed to USC? No. But no one in the country is as far a long as Sanchez, including Ryan Perrilloux, the nation’s No. 1 QB. But Schoenhoft has a lot of upside with a big arm. Hartine, from Canton (Ohio) Glen Oak, is one of the state’s finest overall athletes. He’s a tough receiver with good speed that can go over the middle or take the short pass the distance. Hartline can also return punts very effectively.

On the other side of the football Ohio State has landed three recruits thus far, Jamario O’Neal, Todd Denlinger, and Ryan Williams. O’Neal, a five-star, is another great one from Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville and he also happens to be the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the nation. That’s the third year in a row that Glenville has produced the country’s top corner. Amazing. Some feel O’Neal could be a better player that Ted Ginn, Jr., TheInsiders.com National Player of the Year last season. He may just prove that this fall. To me, Denlinger (four-star) is one of the more intriguing recruits from Ohio. Denlinger, from Troy High School, played middle linebacker at 265 pounds last season. He recorded 125 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, one interception and one punt block. He’ll put his hand down and be a defensive tackle for Ohio State and the fans will love this kid because he has a motor that doesn’t stop. Williams is a three-star recruit and teammates with OL commit Kevin Bemoll at Mission Viejo.

The bottom line is this, there are not many needs in Columbus because Ohio State has recruited very well over the past few seasons and they have made the most of that national title. They are off to one of the best starts in the country and another good year on the field will certainly help the Buckeyes close the deal on some of the remaining prospects on their recruiting board.

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