, Ohio (PressExposure) April 10, 2009 -- One team that always seems to have a good season is the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Almost every season they finish in the top 25 and last year was nothing different. The Buckeyes began the season winning 7 out of 8 and never looked back, as the rolled to a 10-3 overall record and 7-1 in Big 10 Conference play. Ohio State would go on to finish the season ranked number 10 and losing the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Az against the number 3 ranked Texas Longhorns, 21-24. They also came close to winning the conference, but a loss to Penn State kept that from happening. So how did Ohio State fair in the recruiting season? Well, 22 of the 25 man class had committed early, before their senior football season began, including Jaamal Berry of Miami, Fl, one of the nation's top rated tailbacks, who committed in August. Getting a player to commit is the easy part; holding on to them for months after an early commitment is difficult. However, all 22 early signees followed thru on their promise. "It takes more resources to hold the fort than it does to take the fort," Ohio State running backs coach Dick Tressel said. "When you make a charge up the hill, that's one thing. But to hold the hill takes a lot of resources in a big battle. We were just sort of there, and people were launching mortars at us, I'm sure." The Buckeyes did however lose one oral commitment. Justin Green, a speedy defensive back from Louisville, had originally committed to Kentucky, and then switched his oral to Ohio State. On signing day, though, Green chose Illinois. Illinois seems to have gotten revenge from when they lost defensive end Melvin Fellows to the Buckeyes when he changed his mind last April. Linebacker Dorian Bell and defensive back Corey Brown, both from Gateway High School in Monroeville, Pa, are two defensive playmakers that help make this recruiting class a consensus top 5. Bell had 113 tackles, including 19 for loss, as a senior, and is considered the 3rd best outside linebacker, while Brown is a tough, physical player who can play receiver or defensive back and had 84 tackles, 20 pass breakups and a pair of interceptions as a senior to go with 42 catches, 708 yards and 15 touchdowns as a receiver. Both guys participated in the U.S. Army All-America game. Defensive end Melvin Fellows from Garfield Heights, Ohio, finished his senior year with 79 tackles and 10 sacks and competed in the Under Armour All-America game. Other good recruits include wide receiver Duron Carter, the son of former Ohio State standout Cris Carter; fullback/linebacker Adam Homan, the younger brother of current Buckeye linebacker Ross Homan; fullback/linebacker Zach Boren, the younger brother of current Buckeye Justin Boren; and tailback Jordan Hall, the high school teammate of quarterback Terrelle Pryor. With their returning players and this core of new recruits, look for the Buckeyes to finish in the top 10 again in 2009.
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