Column: Is Ohio State recruiting extensive receivers too properly?

Disclaimer: I apologize for the associated tweets forward, however twitter dot com was on fireplace this week


Brian Hartline has had a 14-star week, signing two 5-star extensive receivers in Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss, and a 4-star wideout in Noah Rogers. This has grow to be the norm in Columbus, with the previous Buckeye and NFL vet flourishing in his position as extensive receivers coach and newly minted passing recreation coordinator.

Hartline has signed or gained commitments from 14 top-100 WRs since taking on his place (full-time) in 2019. Moreover, he has helped signal the six highest-rated WR recruits in program historical past and doubled TTUN’s 5-star WR whole in simply over a 24-hour interval earlier this week … As in TTUN has signed one … ever!

We all know that recruiting is a part of Hartline’s job, however the ease with which he does it, makes it appear to be a soothing pastime. Many would say that he’s the nation’s finest recruiter, myself included. However does he cease there? Completely not … school soccer followers and NFL expertise evaluators alike have witnessed his skill to develop gamers as soon as they’re on campus – Chris Olave, Garret Wilson, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Marvin Harrison Jr., and so forth. So now the query turns into: How properly can he juggle?

Hartline’s recruiting acumen is nothing new, however now he and Ohio State are actually beginning to see the fruits of his labor. Julian Fleming, Smith-Njigba, Harrison Jr., Emeka Egbuka, and Jayden Ballard are all coming into their second or third seasons in this system. Moreover, 4 4-star recruits shall be getting a chance as this yr’s incoming freshman. All along with Tate, Inniss, Rogers, and solely phonetically-related Bryson Rodgers presently dedicated to OSU as a part of the 2023 class.

13 highly-ranked and highly-coveted extensive receivers may all be vying for enjoying time subsequent yr. JSN is the one receiver prone to go away (for the draft), so perhaps Hartline finally ends up with 12 guys in his place room. That’s greater than a whole beginning offense – not the variety of WRs we’ll see on the sphere at any given time. So do the Buckeyes have an issue of an excessive amount of or too many?

The reply, after all, is “No.” What they do have is their work lower out for them. I imply that when it comes to improvement, creativity, ego administration, and many others. However saying that an over-abundance of expertise is an issue, is akin to saying that having an excessive amount of cash is an issue.

If that have been the case, sure, you would want to learn to handle mentioned cash, however it doesn’t make your life tougher. I do know there are exceptions and people who will say that you probably have “an excessive amount of” cash, you vein the issue … calm down, that is not what we’re speaking about right here.

The fact is that Hartline and Ohio State have a plethora of choices and fallback plans. And within the present world of faculty soccer – with accidents, transfers, NIL alternatives, and flat-out misses – that’s all you may ask for.

As a result of not all of those WRs are going to remain … and even honor their verbal dedication in any respect. Sorry, they simply won’t. There are too many alternatives obtainable to them, and never sufficient spots on the sphere, and it is a good factor for these gamers to have choices.

Coaches from different colleges shall be attempting to drag them away from Columbus, whether or not that’s “allowed” or not. Even when deemed unlawful, unethical, towards the foundations, no matter – we already know that the NCAA won’t step in to forestall poaching.

Moreover, a few of these gamers will fall wanting their ceiling (s) and / or undergo an unlucky harm or two. The remainder will stick round and try and good their craft within the presence of greatness … I could have allowed myself to get too overrated with the GOAT speak, however give me a break, the Buckeyes simply gained commitments from three of the highest 9 WRs within the 2023 class.

And allow us to not neglect about Ryan Day right here, both. The top coach has absolutely been concerned on this course of, and he’s the person in cost – of the crew and far of the offense. These WRs might want to impress Day and earn his belief as properly. Particularly since he’s very hands-on with the quarterbacks, who work in tandem with the entire move catchers. So they have Day, Hartline, different coaches, and their teammates / friends … that is lots of people to impress and / or earn the belief of. It is likely to be loads to ask of those guys, however they selected Ohio State for a purpose, and they need to know what lies forward.

If the dozen or so WRs who may probably find yourself in Hartline’s room in 2023 need to face stiff competitors, obtain exhausting teaching, work tirelessly, and follow endurance, Columbus is the place for them. That half doesn’t sound so enjoyable, however they seemingly know the expectation (s) already. Success won’t come straightforward, but when the tip purpose is an NFL paycheck, the sacrifices are price it. And OSU followers could be fast to level out that Hartline, Day, and others will train and anticipate the entire above – however they’re additionally extraordinarily personable, enjoyable to be round, wildly supportive, and clearly know a factor or two about sending expertise to the following degree.

So no, Ohio State doesn’t have too many incoming extensive receivers. They’ve a humiliation of riches, and a whole lot of enjoyable toys to probably select from, however Hartline and the opposite coaches can’t decelerate. Turnover and attrition is barely changing into extra of a problem in school soccer, and an over-abundance of expertise provides the Buckeyes a bigger margin for error. Realizing these coaches, they aren’t content material with all the celebrities on the planet anyway, and that is why we root for them.

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