Dave Thurman (6:37 PM)
Yesterday we looked at how JT has done the past eight years in recruiting offensive positions; today let's examine the defense:
Highest Ranked Signing: Melvin Fellows - It will be interesting to see how he does the next few years as hopes are high
Biggest Surprise: Vern Gholston, who was a good recruit but exceeded expectations
Biggest Flop: Robert Rose, who was nearly as highly rated as Fellows is this year. Big Rob now has only one more year to make an impact
Overall Position Grade: B (Some good pass rushers have been brought in or converted from OLB)
Highest Ranked Signing: Quinn Pitcock
Biggest Surprise: Nader Abdallah, who made himself into a pretty good player
Biggest Flop: Sian Cotton, who was gone from school before his star rose
Overall Position Grade: C (The rankings don't lie, as the Bucks haven't had enough big time recruits at this position. Maybe Goebel and Simon change things the next four years)
Highest Ranked Signing: Mike D'Andrea (consensus # 1)
Biggest Surprise: Pick between A.J. Hawk and James Laurinaitis, both 3 star recruits who produced 5 star results
Biggest Flop: D'Andrea, who battled injuries his whole career. He would have had a hard time living up to the hype, regardless.
Overall Position Grade: A (Great talent has been consistently brought into Columbus at this position and it is has produced super results)
Highest Ranked Signing: Eugene Clifford, by a nose over Donte Whitner and Jamario O'Neal
Biggest Surprise: Anderson Russell, who nobody but OSU thought much of, and who has had a pretty good career
Biggest Flop: Jemario O'Neal, who unlike Clifford, spent four years in Columbus without having much impact
Overall Position Grade: B (Some good ones here like Whitner and Coleman, but plenty of misses, too)
Highest Ranked Signing: Ted Ginn (consensus #1), but he moved to WR, so let's go with Corey Brown from the class of '09
Biggest Surprise: Malcolm Jenkins, without a doubt. From a no-name to a first round draft pick!
Biggest Flop: E.J. Underwood, who had all the tools but didn't like hitting the books (though Dareus Hiley also comes to mind)
Overall Position Grade: A- (So many guys surpassed their rankings. e.g. Jenkins, Washington, Chekwa, and Youboty)
Conclusion: There you have it - my analysis of Tressel's recruiting, one position at a time. What do you think? Who did I miss? Let us know as we fix our glance to the class of 2010, and hope for more highly ranked recruits!