Looking Back At Ohio State’s 2012 Recruiting Class (Part One)

The 2012 Ohio State football recruiting class is technically the first of head coach Urban Meyer’s players that were signed and brought to Columbus. I write the phrase “technically” because there are many extenuating factors that need to be remembered and contemplated when looking back at the 25 players who signed on the dotted line in February 2012 and became Buckeyes.

First and foremost, I have been reviewing Ohio State recruiting classes over the years. I have looked back at the recruiting classes going back to 2005, which included players such as James Laurinaitis, Brian Hartline and Malcolm Jenkins. The 2005 class was relatively small with 18 players signed, and was not highly rated by the recruiting analysts, but the Buckeyes only lost three from that class to transfer or academic issues, resulting in 15 who either started or contributed to Ohio State during their careers. This 83 percent success rate ranks that group highly in the unofficial “Rule of Thirds” concept that is applied to recruiting classes.

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Malcolm Jenkins is a classy guy

I wanted to post this earlier, but didn’t have a chance until today.

A lot of times we get caught up in following these young kids, these young athletes, building them up to the point of expecting too much of them. For some reason we gleefully rejoice in their failings and scoff at the “nice guys” (see: Tim Tebow, in both cases). We often dehumanize them at the same time we deify them.

This is just a quick story showing these guys can be really good people. I don’t remember Malcolm ever getting into much trouble as a Buckeye, and it’s good to see he’s still such a good, classy kind of guy:

Malcolm Jenkins came in late to the Jim Thorpe Award banquet Monday. On purpose. He didn’t want to upstage Eric Berry, the man of the hour and the 2009 Thorpe Award winner. Jenkins, the 2008 Thorpe winner, knocked down a Peyton Manning pass in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Some 22 hours later, he was at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, to help honor his successor.

Make sure you read the whole thing. Kudos to Malcolm for being a stand-up guy, congrats for winning the Super Bowl and thanks for being a great example of what a Buckeye truly is.