Why Ohio State and Urban Meyer Will Keep Momentum on Recruiting Trail

Urban Meyer and Ohio State got off to an unusually slow recruiting start this year, but after a flurry of June commitments, the Buckeyes are primed to make a run at another top-five class in 2015.

Like any other year, momentum is key.

Just one month ago, the possibility of a top class seemed distant. The Buckeyes only had commitments from a pair of 4-star cornerbacks as May wound down. Their class ranking dipped to No. 57 as top targets such as Brandon Wimbush and Elijah Taylor committed elsewhere.

Then, the pledges started rolling in.

A commitment from 4-star quarterback Joe Burrow triggered an avalanche of activity. The Buckeyes gained eight commitments for their 2015 class (and two for 2016) in a 26-day span. Four-star prospects Nick Conner and Dre’Mont Jones, the seventh- and eighth-rated recruits in the state of Ohio, highlighted the group.

Truly, though, Meyer is just getting started.

Justin Hilliard, Ohio’s No. 1 prospect and one of the Buckeyes’ top targets, is close to making his decision.

Rated as a 5-star recruit and the nation’s top outside linebacker, Hilliard has offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC.

A desire to stay in the Midwest, however, has him deciding between Ohio State, Notre Dame, Iowa and Michigan, with Alabama rounding out his top five. He’s set to make his decision from his high school on July 2.

According to 247Sports’ crystal ball…

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