It hasn’t taken long for Ohio State’s national championship run to positively impact their efforts on the recruiting trail.
Urban Meyer and his staff kept up their hot streak by adding a pledge from 2016 4-star tight end Jake Hausmann on Sunday:
The 6’5”, 235-pounder from Moeller High School in Cincinnati is the sixth member of the 2016 class—all of whom rank as 4-star recruits or higher. The No. 73 overall player and No. 3 tight end in the 2016 class selected Ohio State over offers from Arkansas, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.
Hausmann’s pledge has moved Ohio State up to No. 4 in the 2016 class rankings, but it’s another sign that the Buckeyes are primed to make a run at No. 1.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Hausmann’s high school coach—John Rodenburg—said that Meyer pursued his star pupil as if he was the No. 1 target at that position.
“I think wherever he went he wanted to be sure he was their No. 1 guy, and that’s the way Ohio State made him feel,” Rodenburg told Wiltfong.
Rodenburg told Wiltfong late last year that Hausmann has worked himself into a player who can handle the responsibilities of the position at the next level.
“He’s gotten stronger,” Rodenburg said. “He still has the soft hands. Got the good speed. He’s a true tight end. He’s not a guy you would think to move to tight end. He’s going to be…