The most recent OSU recruiting class added another vital player as Wake Forest (North Carolina Campus) DT Jaden McKenzie has committed to the college. McKenzie is the first DT that Ryan Day has grabbed for the 2019 class.
Larry Johnson now has the defensive tackle that he's wanted for some time, and both he and Day see a ton of opportunity in McKenzie since he's got both strength and the ability to play between the sidelines.
McKenzie is a large beast of an interior DT. He adds both size and athleticism to the other side of the ball, and he can run pretty well for a man of his size. This gives him the ability to take on blockers and produce takeaways.
Most importantly, McKenzie isn't afraid to do whatever it takes to get the job done. His previous academic team took home countless wins, and this eventually got them to the big one on three different occasions.
Defensive Line Class
OSU has now signed a stellar group of DTs with three new members all taking prominent spots in the 2018 class. While the position wasn't a must-have for this year, the staff wanted to make it a priority nonetheless.
Several other scholarship interior DTs like Dre'Mont Jones should help to ensure that the roster stays strong when they add McKenzie.
Jones, however, announced that he's headed to the NFL draft after the Rose Bowl and its not a stretch to say that several others will end up in the national league in a couple of years.
Overall 2019 Class
Meyer and later Day were able to wrangle 16 verbal commitments out of the entire class of 2019. This includes such a pair of stars at the LB position as well as a top tight end that should help to make a major difference in the coming NCAA seasons. A composite recruiting ranking have the class listed at #10 in the whole nation, which means even the experts have a pretty high opinion of the work OSU has been doing on both sides of the ball.
Looking at 2020
On top of this, the Buckeyes have at least five commitments from the 2020 class thus far. These include Jack Miller at QB who might very well be throwing to Jaxon Smith-Njigba in the near future. This class is currently ranked at #4 in the nation overall according to the same composite recruiting list that holds the 2019 OSU recruits at #10.
Wake Forest High defensive lineman Jaden McKenzie picks Ohio State