Recruiting Deep Dive: Decommits

Kevin Noon, Publisher
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COLUMBUS, Ohio – It was about a year ago when we looked at the state of Ohio State recruiting and determined that the Buckeyes were on the verge of putting together a Class for the Ages.

Those beliefs were later confirmed as Ohio State secured the nation's No. 2 recruiting class according to Rivals.com team recruiting rankings, but more importantly, it was the highest rated class for Ohio State in the Rivals.com era.

Fast forward to today and the Buckeyes are on the brink of maybe even besting last year's mark. Currently, the Buckeyes have one of the nation's top recruiting classes with an average star rating of four, a mark that is hard to maintain, especially once a class gets into double-digit commit territory.

Recruits decommiting is not a new thing in terms of modern recruiting but the numbers have been on the rise over the past several cycles. It is not uncommon for a player to commit to three schools now during the process and some have gone through more schools than that. The Buckeyes have not been immune to the recruiting bug as well, seeing players leave the class, sometimes the decision of the kid and other times maybe not so much.

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