Thursday, January 24, 2013
Ohio State Class of 2009 review
By Brad Bournival
In a where-are-they-now type of world, there were seven ESPN 150 players who signed with Ohio State from the 2009 recruiting class. Some were hits. Some, well, some fell off the map a bit.
Here’s a look at a class that looked great on paper, but for the most part never panned out.
C.J. Barnett: Ranked 88th overall and 10th at cornerback, Barnett has had injury issues. With 140 tackles and four interceptions, he’s a playmaker when he’s on the field.
Dorian Bell: Ranked 32nd in the nation and fourth at linebacker, Bell was one of the players suspended in the tattoo-parlor scandal that ultimately cost Jim Tressel his job. He now plays for Duquesne.
Jaamal Berry: Ranked 22nd in the nation and third at running back, Berry was the top recruit from the class. He was suspended from the Buckeyes early last year after an off-the field issue. He rushed for 271 yards on 35 carries and scored one touchdown before transferring to Murray State.
Duron Carter: Ranked 131st overall and 18th at wide receiver, Carter played in 12 games as a freshman, recording 13 receptions for 176 yards and a touchdown, but grades forced him to withdraw from Ohio State. Carter had stints with the Buckeyes, Alabama and Florida Atlantic. He has declared for the NFL draft.
Melvin Fellows: Ranked 124th overall and 10th as a defensive end, Fellows couldn’t escape the injury bug. After redshirting as a freshman, he played 11 minutes in 2010. Knee surgery in 2009 never got him back to where he was.
Jack Mewhort: Ranked 126th overall and second at center, Mewhort is a success story for the Buckeyes. An honorable mention all-Big Ten player in 2011, he’s a two-year letterwinner and starting left tackle for the Buckeyes.
Jamie Wood: Ranked 99th overall and the 12th as a safety, Wood never could get over shoulder issues and was forced to quit the game this season.