February 8, 2007

Class of 2007: Breaking down the D

Saying that this recruiting class is the best OSU has ever signed is difficult to validate for the simple fact that recruit rankings are entirely based on high school performance and college potential. High-speed internet and in-depth recruiting websites did not exist over a decade ago and thus it is difficult to compare this class to those that came in around that time.

Having said that on a needs and quality depth basis, it certainly presents one of the strongest cases in recent memory and the best place to start is on the defensive line. With the graduation of several of the most experienced linemen from last year, defensive line was likely the top priority in 2007. The standout in this year's class is clearly Richetti Jones and if he is able to get healthy then there is a solid chance he will be involved in several plays in Athens, Georgia in September.

While the 6-foot-3, 234-pounder is as explosive as they come, the other prospect coming in as a bookend is underrated Jamie Blatnick who's film makes it appear as if his motor never quits. It is that kind of spark and energy that can revive a defense and at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, he has the frame to potentially fill into an inside technique if the coaches so desire.

As for defensive tackles, the signee that will likely have the most immediate impact is the only junior college prospect in the class in the person of Tonga Tea.

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