Published: Thu, February 08, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Georgia, Ohio St vying for top signing day class

Georgia, Ohio St vying for top signing day class

The Ohio native made waves when he revealed after committing to Clemson that Tigers coach Dabo Swinney had cast doubt upon Urban Meyer's longevity as Ohio State's head coach.

Petit-Frere's finalists were Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Ohio State's exclamation point on national signing day came down to the choice of a hat more than 1,000 miles away from its campus.

The five-star from Berkeley Prep in Tampa announced his decision during a ceremony at his high school Wednesday morning, his decision was also nationally broadcast on ESPNU.

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"That's why they're paid so well in the National Football League, because those body types are hard, hard to find", Meyer said of Petit-Frere.

But with the way recruiting rankings are tabulated, even a strong finish like the one Ohio State is now enjoying may not be enough for the Buckeyes to fend off Georgia, which is expected to finish with more commitments. On the 247Sports composite board, he slots in at No. 7 overall.

"As far as recruiting staff, this is one of the best I've ever been around", Meyer said.

Alabama, which has won seven straight recruiting championships to go with those five national titles, still has a chance to sign a top-three class. He's also the top-ranked offensive tackle in the country among 2018 recruits and No. 3 player in the state of Florida-which annually churns out a sizable chunk of the nation's top talent. It was a big get for the Buckeyes and Urban Meyer, who lost out on in-state tackle Jackson Carman in December. "And the few guys jumped in the boat, for the most part".

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