Skull Session: A Look at Ohio State’s Top 10 All-Time Recruits, the Buckeyes Scored Plenty of TDs in 2022 and Former OSU Receivers Are Dominating in the NFL

The 2022 Early Signing Period is here.

Let’s not waste any time diving into the Skully and, of course, let’s have a good Wednesday, shall we?

WELCOME TO SIGNING DAY. Depending on when you read this, there are a few hours or maybe a few minutes until the Buckeyes receive National Letters of Intent from their commitments in the 2023 class. Perhaps you are here after that Eleven Warriors front page has flooded with countless stories we have for all of Ohio State’s signees.

However and whenever you arrived here to read the Wednesday Skull Session, I’m happy that you came along for the ride.

To start the Skully, how about we take a trip down memory lane — or in the case of Jeremiah Smith, peer into the future — and look at the top 10 recruits to sign with Ohio State in the modern recruiting era, according to 247Sports. Seems fitting, yeah?

Ohio State’s Top Recruits All Time (247Sports)

NAME

CITY/STATE

YEAR

POSITION

HT/WT

RATING

NAT’L RANK

POST RANK

QUINN EWERS

SOUTH LAKE, TX

2021

QB

6-3/205

1.0000

1

1

TERELLE PRYOR

JEANNETTE, PA

2008

QB

6-6/233

0.9997

2

1

TED GINN JR.

CLEVELAND, OH

2004

CB

6-0/170

0.9992

2

1

JT TUIMOLOAU

SAMMAMISH, WA

2021

DL

6-5/277

0.9989

4

2

JEREMIAH SMITH

HOLLYWOOD, FL

2024

WR

6-3/185

0.9982

2

1

JACK SAWYER

PICKERINGTON, OH

2021

DL

6-5/248

0.9980

5

3

JULIAN FLEMING

CATAWISSA, PA

2020

WR

6-2/199

0.9979

3

1

NOAH SPENCE

HARRISBURG, PA

2012

DL

6-3/235

0.9975

5

1

NICK BOSA

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL

2016

DL

6-4/265

0.9965

8

1

BEANIE WELLS

AKRON, OH

2006

RB

6-1/225

0.9965

7

1

That, my friends, is a star-studded top 10 list full of incredible talent.

While the legacy of Quinn Ewers (now at Texas), JT Tuimoloau, Jack Sawyer and Julian Fleming remains to be seen at the collegiate level, it was an incredible achievement to secure such highly-rated prospects out of high school. The same can be said of Smith, who ranks No. 5 even though he won’t play for Ohio State until 2024.

As for the other players, each made a significant impact during their time as a Buckeye, save for Noah Spence, who transferred to Eastern Kentucky following multiple suspensions while at Ohio State. Still, Spence eventually became a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL draft and has played for the Buccaneers, Redskins (now Commanders), Saints and Bengals across six years in the league.

While Ohio State doesn’t have a player in this year’s class that would crack the top 10 all-time recruits for the Buckeyes, Ryan Day has seven commits that rank within the top 100 and a class that checks in at No. 7 nationally. He also can still secure an NLI from five-stars Damon Wilson and Matayo Uiagelelei on Wednesday, which would undoubtedly boost the team’s rankings for 2023.

THAT’S A LOT OF TOUCHDOWNS. Ohio State scored 70 offensive touchdowns and three defensive touchdowns in the 2022 regular season. The Big Ten Network compiled clips of all of them into a 10-minute video on Tuesday.

To answer the question posed by Ohio State on BTN, the Kamryn Babb touchdown is by far my favorite of the year. I mean, how could it not be? He battled through four ACL tears and recorded his first-career catch and score on the same play. He cried, his teammates and coaches cried and the fans cried. Everyone cried. It was beautiful.

However, there were also plenty of other touchdowns this season worthy of recognition. I’m sure at some point, we – meaning Eleven Warriors – will do an article devoted to the top 10 plays of the season or something to that effect. Still, I want to toss a short list of some TDs out there that I thought were noteworthy from this season, so here they are (in no particular order):

If I missed any of your favorite touchdowns, please let me know. There were 70 of them thangs in 12 games this season – 5.83 a game for the mathematicians who read the Skully – so there was plenty to choose from, which means plenty for us all to appreciate. But that’s my list, and I’m stickin’ to it!

OHIO STATE HAS GOOD RECEIVERS?! While this will be no shock to those in Buckeye Nation, it still needs to be pointed out: Ohio State has some talented wide receivers that play in the NFL. Like, really talented.

According to ESPN analytics and FiveThirtyEight, seven former Buckeyes rank among the top 107 receivers in the NFL in terms of efficiency regarding how often the receivers get open, make the catch and accumulate yards after the catch. To qualify, receivers required 40 or more targets across the first 15 weeks of the 2022-23 season.

Here is where those Buckeyes are listed:

  • No. 9 – Garrett Wilson, New York Jets: 966 yards, 439 routes, 99 targets; 80 overall grade

  • No. 10 – Chris Olave, New Orleans Saints: 940 yards, 359 routes, 95 targets; 79 overall grade

  • No. 14 – Terry McLaurin, Washington Commanders: 1,105 yards, 459 routes, 98 targets; 74 overall grade

  • No. 34 – Noah Brown, Dallas Cowboys: 533 yards, 337 routes, 60 targets; 60 overall grade

  • T-No. 77 – Parris Campbell, Indianapolis Colts: 510 yards, 471 routes, 64 targets; 45 overall grade

  • T-No. 77 – Curtis Samuel, Washington Commanders: 600 yards, 394 routes, 72 targets; 45 overall grade

Sooooooo, yes. Ohio State has some pretty good receivers in the league, and it is incredibly impressive that Wilson and Olave lead the bunch as first-year players. Wilson is becoming a bonafide star in New York and Olave is doing the same in New Orleans. As for Scary Terry, his talents are well-documented by now.

I love to see Noah Brown on this list, as he is in the middle of a breakout year with the Cowboys. And, of course, Parris Campbell finally being healthy has been phenomenal for him, and Curtis Samuel is carving it up opposite McLaurin in the nation’s capital.

With Jaxon Smith-Njigba off to the league this year and plenty more talented receivers to follow, I look forward to seeing Ohio State players crowd this list for years to come. Let’s keep it rollin’, Brian Hartline B Rabbit.

JK ALL DAY. Many people forget how dominant a running back JK Dobbins was during his three seasons as a Buckeye from 2017-2019, but I’m here to remind you not to sleep on what the La Grange, Texas, native accomplished while wearing scarlet and gray.

For his career, Dobbins rushed for 4,459 yards and 38 touchdowns on 725 attempts and added 23 receptions for 247 yards and two scores through the air. His best year as a Buckeye came in 2019, when he broke the Ohio State single-season rushing yards record with 2,003 and scored 25 total touchdowns. Those efforts earned him first-team All-American honors, and he finished sixth in Heisman Trophy voting.

Dobbins was drafted in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Baltimore Ravens following the year. His rookie season was full of promise, as he ran for 805 yards and nine touchdowns on 134 carries as a backup to veteran running back Mark Ingram. Unfortunately, before his second season – one in which Dobbins was set to be the starter – he tore his ACL and missed the entirety of 2021.

In 2022, Dobbins has worked his way back to form, but not without a few bumps in the road. The Ohio State product was cleared to play at the start of the year but required another surgery on his knee to remove scar tissue from the initial injury. He returned to the Ravens in Week 14 and, folks, he’s still really, really good.

And Dobbins performed to that level while not being a full 100% runner. Some of those longer runs could have been touchdowns if he was back to his old self. He even admitted to that on Twitter over the weekend.

Buckeye Nation is stickin’ with you, JK We’re stickin’ with you all day.

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