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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Buckeyes finalize class, Brown to Georgia

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Ohio State has finalized its 25-member recruiting class, which undoubtedly will rank as the best in the Big Ten and among the top five nationally.

As always, head coach Jim Tressel and his assistants did extremely well locally, luring 14 prospects from the state of Ohio. The Buckeyes also plucked three prospects from both Pennsylvania and Florida, and two from that state up north.

Ohio State's class is heavy on running backs (4), a sign that the competition to replace Chris "Beanie" Wells will be wide open. The Buckeyes also landed four linebackers, four defensive backs, four offensive linemen and three wide receivers.

There was only one Brown on the list, defensive back/wide receiver Corey Brown from Monroeville, Pa. Ohio State hoped to add wide receiver Marlon Brown, the nation's third best wide receiver according to ESPN's Scouts Inc., but the Memphis native ended up choosing Georgia.

The class is led by running backs Jaamal Berry and Carlos Hyde, linebacker Dorian Bell, wide receiver Duron Carter and cornerback C.J. Barnett. Ohio State appears to have found several defenders who can make an early impact, which is key after the losses of multiyear starters like James Laurinaitis and Malcolm Jenkins. The Buckeyes inked Cris Carter's son and the brothers of two current players, linebacker Zach Boren and running back/linebacker Adam Homan.