Based on recruiting rankings over the last few years, and the crazy talent level on the roster, Ohio State football doesn’t need too much help on the recruiting trail. Having two of their recent stars sign record contracts in the same summer certainly doesn’t hurt matters though, with Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas both cashing in big in recent weeks.
The Elliott situation was one of the focuses of the sports world over the last few weeks. After a lengthy holdout that threatened to last into the season, the Dallas Cowboys signed the star running back to a record six year, $90 million deal.
That deal came down just over a month after his former Ohio State teammate Thomas set a new standard at his position. The New Orleans Saints wide receiver signed a five-year, $100 million deal.
The contract made Thomas the highest paid non-quarterback offensive player in the league.
Naturally, this gives Ohio State a grand recruiting opportunity, and it is one the program readily took advantage of.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) September 4, 2019
There are some interesting optics here, as always when a giant college athletics program addresses the money that exists in sports.
Debate continues to rage on over the issue of paying college athletes in some form. Just today, LeBron James took to Twitter to promote a piece of legislation taking shape in California on the side of college athletes profiting off of the money in major college sports.
That issue aside, Ohio State is far from the first program to promote the millions their athletes have made at the next level. Few, if any, college football programs can match the Buckeyes in terms of total contract value either, especially over the last few years under Urban Meyer.