More than $20 million per school to hire a new head coach, and almost $100 million to recruit a recruiting class that will make up almost all of Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class, according to a new ESPN report.
The recruiting cost breakdown is the first time ESPN has provided such a breakdown, and the network said it would continue to monitor Ohio State as the season approaches.
The Ohio State football team is scheduled to have the nation’s fourth-highest class total this season with 10,037 players.
The Buckeyes have three new additions in tight-end Chris Walker and wide receiver Quinton Dial.
Both were in the 2016 recruiting class.
Walker, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defensive end from West Virginia, has the No. 9 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Dial, a 6-foot, 215-pound tight end from Virginia Tech, is the No 1 overall selection in the 2019 NFL Draft and the No 8 overall selection overall in 2020 NFL Draft, according the ESPN report, which also notes the school is “expected to have approximately 3,000-4,000 players eligible to sign.”
The Buckeyes also have six scholarship players that could be available after this season, including a cornerback from Michigan State who will be eligible after 2019.
They are expected to add more than 50 players this fall.
The total number of scholarship players is expected to be around 4,400.
In the 2018 recruiting class of 18 recruits, Ohio State had the second-most players recruited.
The Ohio State program was led by former Ohio State linebacker Andrew Miller, who was named the Big Ten’s Most Outstanding Player in 2018 and was the nation and national leader in tackles, tackles for loss, tackles in relief, sacks and forced fumbles.
The 5-9, 200-pound Miller also had the nation lead in sacks.
The five-star prospect is the nation leader in passes defensed (2,983), quarterback hurries (1,622) and forced fumble recoveries (8).
The Buckeye class has been a hot topic in recruiting circles since Ohio State hired Urban Meyer in December 2018, when the Buckeyes were the nation ranked in the 247Sports Composite for recruiting, per ESPN.
That class included four commits, four wide receivers and five offensive linemen.