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OSU Is Shaping Up to Have the Top Wrestling Recruiting Class in the Country for 2020

John Smith could have his best recruiting class in nine years.



Wrapped up in all the excitement and chaos of OSU’s massive win over third-ranked Iowa on Sunday was some big recruiting news.

Jakason Burks, ranked No. 15 overall in the 2020 recruiting class, committed to wrestle at OSU.

Burks commitment comes after the trio of Dustin Plott, Trevor Mastrogiovanni, and Konner Doucet all announced their commitments last fall. Plott is the No. 2-ranked recruit in the 2020 class with Mastrogiovanni at No. 10 and Doucet at No. 24 according to FloWrestling.

This Could Be OSU’s Best Class in Quite a While

That’s four wrestlers in the top 25 of that recruiting class (!). Since FloWrestling started compiling recruiting rankings back in 2011, OSU has never had a recruiting class with that many guys in the top 25 overall. The 2014 and 2015 classes for OSU were pretty strong and in the 2015 class with Joe Smith, Nick Piccininni, Kaid Brock, Boo Lewallen, Andrew Marsden, Triston Moran and Lincoln Olson (Olson and Moran have since transferred) OSU had the No. 2 ranked class. Smith was No. 7, Brock No. 10, Piccininni was 24th, Lewallen 28th, Marsden 71st, and Olson came in ranked No. 75.

On paper this seems to be shaping up to be the best class for OSU in the entire era of Flo compiling recruiting class rankings! That doesn’t necessarily secure OSU down as the top class. But if you look at who OSU already has committed compared to other programs currently, it is the best class — and it’s really not even close. Other teams could land top guys, OSU unfortunately could have de-commitments. That will all ultimately determine whether or not OSU has the top class. But unless there are massive changes, OSU is certain to be very close to, and quite possibly at, the very top.

Other Top Guys in Play

AJ Ferrari and Braxton Amos are the two top uncommitted wrestlers nationally. Ferrari seems to have settled on OSU and Rutgers as his top two. He was in attendance at the dual on Sunday and is the top-ranked recruit in the 2020 class. Someone tweeted this photo to me after the dual.

Amos is another that could reasonably wind up in orange. He is very, very close with the trio of Plott, Doucet, and Mastrogiovanni. They’ve all wrestled on a number of dual teams together and are a pretty tight-knit group, as are their families.

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If OSU lands either of these guys I would advise the person in charge of assembling banners in Gallagher-Iba to get ready to put in some overtime. This group could hang a few.


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