Ohio State recruiting is on a tear in 2016, and the Buckeyes sit in the pole position to land the nation's top class come National Signing Day 2017.
In recent history, one program has had an absolute stranglehold on the "recruiting national championship" crown: the Alabama Crimson Tide.
From 2011-2016, Alabama finished with the top ranked class every single year, per 247Sports' composite recruiting rankings, which uses the metrics from the other major recruiting sites along with their own. The last time to unseat the Crimson Tide was Florida in 2010. Alabama finished fifth that year.
While we're months away from Signing Day, Alabama currently sits in second place behind Ohio State, but the gap is fairly large. Even more impressive for Ohio State: recruiting rankings early in the cycle are often buoyed by large classes. OSU has 18 commits. Alabama has 21.
The main difference is fairly clear. The Buckeyes have six five-star players committed, adding two this morning in wide receivers Trevon Grimes and Tyvon Lindsey, who teamed up to make their commitments in a cool Bleacher Report video.
Alabama only has two five-stars, a good number at this stage, but well behind the Buckeyes' class. That is the second most of any team, tied with LSU, Georgia, and Clemson.
Fret not, however, Alabama fans. While the Buckeyes are currently loading their class early, Alabama tends to get a host of notable commitments on or in the lead up to Signing Day. This past February, the Crimson Tide had nine of their 24 commits make their decisions on Signing Day, allowing the team to jump Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State to land the No. 1 class.
That may be a hard task for Nick Saban's staff to pull off this year however. Ohio State has the lead, and should have more room to add players, with three fewer commits at the moment. Alabama is so good on the recruiting trail that we'll believe they'll be taken down when we actually see it, but Ohio State recruiting may get the job done next February.