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How Did OSU's 2016 Recruiting Class Fare Last Season? Let's Run it Down
By Tony Gerdeman

Expectations are high for Ohio State's 2017 recruiting class, but then expectations are high for every Ohio State recruiting class. The Buckeyes are expected to sign the nation's No. 2 class this year -- No. 2 simply because of lack of quantity, not quality. Let's not forget, however, that last year's class was pretty highly thought of as well.

Ohio State's 2016 class was ranked No. 4 nationally with what was expected to be a class of 25, but shrunk to 24 when Maryland cornerback Kareem Felder had an academic situation that kept him from becoming a Buckeye.

With another class coming in, now is a good time to look back on the 2016 class and see who played, who didn't, how much, how little, and what the expectations are moving forward. After all, redshirt freshman have been much more effective than true freshmen for the Buckeyes over the years.

2016 Signees

DT Malik Barrow
Barrow redshirted due to OSU's depth at the position, which is only getting deeper. This spring will be his first real opportunity to gain notice. Expect him to do so.

LB Tuf Borland
Borland redshirted but he was a constant source of conversation among his teammates last season. If you ask them, his future is bright.

DE Nick Bosa
Bosa played in every game, finishing with 29 tackles, 7 TFLs, and 5 sacks. The sacks were the second-most on the team. He was instantly in the rotation and will be again this coming season.

CB Rodjay Burns
Burns played in seven games, returning his lone interception 75 yards for a touchdown. He will likely be involved in special teams and there are jobs available in the secondary.

P Drue Chrisman
Chrisman redshirted last season at the foot of the master. He will be counted on this season to start and show everyone what he has learned.

DE Jonathon Cooper
Cooper played in just six games last season, but the staff really had no desire to redshirt him as they see him as a possible three-and-done player. He finished with six tackles and one sack. He is expected to work himself into the lineup this season.

OL Gavin Cupp
Cupp redshirted and will work this spring to get into the two-deep. He could end up at tackle or guard.

CB Wayne Davis
Davis redshirted last season. Expect him to make his mark on special teams and to also involve himself in the cornerback position battles in the spring.

TE Luke Farrell
Farrell redshirted last season. There is a logjam at tight end right now, but there is also opportunity.

SAF Jordan Fuller
Fuller was Damon Webb's backup at free safety last season, playing in 12 games and notching 11 tackles. Will he remain Webb's backup, or challenge for Malik Hooker's vacated spot?

OG Tyler Gerald
Gerald redshirted last year. He came in with some weight concerns, but those seem to have fallen away. He projects as a guard, which is a pretty congested position right now. Still, a true freshman came in last season and started there, so the coaches are clearly looking for somebody to establish themselves inside.

LB Malik Harrison
Harrison came in as an athlete and quickly moved to linebacker. He played in 11 games, picking up 13 tackles. He will add depth to a deep position in 2017.

QB Dwayne Haskins
Haskins redshirted in 2016, but will enter this spring vying for the backup spot behind J.T. Barrett.

TE Jake Hausmann
Hausmann redshirted despite Urban Meyer saying on several occasions that he was close to playing. He has been impressive on scout team. Will compete for the backup tight end spot.

TE Kierre Hawkins
Hawkins redshirted as well. He has gotten bigger and stronger, but the depth chart is a difficult one to maneuver right now.

LB Keandre Jones
Jones played in six games, seeing some time on defense as well as special teams. He has a bright future and could end up at any of the three linebacker spots. Can he challenge right now for the Mike backer?

OL Michael Jordan
Jordan emerged as a contender in the spring and quickly took over the No. 1 left guard spot. He ended up starting every single game last year. He's only going to get better.

WR Austin Mack
Mack played in 12 games last year, finishing with more tackles on special teams (3) than receptions (2). Don't worry, though, there are still big, big plans for him.

RB Demario McCall
McCall played in six games last year, mainly blowouts. He rushed for 270 yards on 49 carries. He could have a major role in 2017.

OL Malcolm Pridgeon
Pridgeon redshirted last year due to injury. It allowed him to get better acclimated to Ohio State as a junior college transfer. Now he is ready to compete for a job. He is mature and versatile, and there is a right guard job open at the moment.

WR Binjimen Victor
Victor was looking like a redshirt last year but finally saw action later in the season. He played in five games, catching four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. Could very well be looking at a starting job in 2017, and at the very least will be in the heavy rotation.

RB Antonio Williams
Williams played in one game, carrying the ball six times for 28 yards. He played early enough in the season that he could earn a medical redshirt provided Ohio State can show an injury that kept him out of action the rest of the season.

SAF Jahsen Wint
Wint reportedly saw action on special teams in the season opener, though OSU's own website does not have him appearing in a game last season. He will be involved in special teams this season and we'll see what happens from there.

OL Jack Wohlabaugh
Wohlabaugh redshirted last year, though OSU's box score from the Bowling Green game has him as playing in that contest. Their official statistics, however, do not have him appearing in any games. The official spring roster will be out in about five weeks, so we'll see then. Many view him as the center of the future at Ohio State, so when Billy Price leaves after this season, he should have a pretty good competition with current backup center Brady Taylor.

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