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National Signing Day 2013 recap: Ohio State football recruiting

The Buckeyes came out of Wednesday with a top-five class.


It was a day to remember for Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Meyer received 24 commitments on Wednesday, which included five-star safety Vonn Bell and four-star wide receiver James Clark. When the dust settles, the Buckeyes will have a top-five recruiting class and, perhaps, the best class in the Big Ten.

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SB Nation's Andy Hutchins said Ohio State definitely came out as one of Wednesday's winners:

Urban Meyer doesn't have it as easy down south as he did when Florida was his leviathan. But Ohio State dove below the Mason-Dixon anyway for Vonn Bell, taking a guy Alabama and Tennessee coveted, and James Clark, pulling him away from Florida with the lure of Percy Harvin-style usage. That's a great close to a great class, even without considering Meyer's flip of Dontre Wilson from Oregon earlier this week, and a sign that Meyer's not about to admit defeat in his old stomping grounds or limit his recruiting to the Rust Belt.

Land-Grant Holy Land was even higher on this year's class, with the thought that there is more to come:

Last season's consensus top-5 class set the table for what would turn into a 12-0 season. This season's even better one seems primed to raise the bar even higher. The really scary thought, however, is that for all the talk of this being the most complete class in Ohio State history, next season's might be even better.

Bell was nearly a lock to go to Tennessee, but a last-minute change had Bell committing to Meyer and Ohio State. Bell is considered the best safety in the Class of 2013. He'll join Jayme Thompson at Ohio State, a four-star safety out of Toledo, Ohio.

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