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Ohio State has over half of its commits earning invites to The Opening

One way to know you’re doing big things on the national recruiting scene is to have players committed to you that earn invitations to the biggest national recruiting event of the year — Nike’s ‘The Opening.’

It’s an annual event that showcases skills and gets players in front of some former NFL players all while also being further evaluated by scouting services and coaches. All of it taking place at the mecca of Nike of course.

So, for the Ohio State Buckeyes it must come as a great sense of pride to know that invites have already been handed out to seven of their 13 verbally committed players to date. That number grew to seven after both Brendon White and Jake Moretti earned invites to the big event based on their performances at The Opening regional event in Columbus, Ohio a few weeks ago.

Both were standouts in the regional event, but didn’t earn bids to the elite event on that day. Instead, both earned their way to the University of Oregon campus a few weeks later.

Those two made it seven in a class that is already ranked No. 1 in the country per the 247Sports composite team rankings. It shouldn’t be hard to figure out why its the No. 1 class with over half of the group earning invites to the prestigious camp event already.

OSU’s list of other invitees to The Opening reads like a who’s who of the college football recruiting world. Four-star defensive back Marcus Williamson of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG and his five-star teammate, defensive back Isaiah Pryor earned invites. Also on the list is four-star linebacker Antjuan Simmons of Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer, four-star running back J.K. Dobbins of La Grange, Texas, and four-star defensive tackle Haskell Garrett of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman.

Chicago just recently finished up their regional event and other offers could be on their way depending on performances of others in regionals across the country.

The number could also grow depending on the invites handed out for the Elite 11 quarterback competition that happens in conjunction with The Opening. There are two more regionals in Oakland, Cal. and Seattle, Wash. to go and finalists are likely to be announced shortly thereafter.

One name that could well be on that list of finalists is that of Buckeyes’ commit, Danny Clark. That would make eight of 13 commits already invited and more still could be coming.

If one wants to know how or why the Buckeyes reload instead of rebuild, getting this kind of talent on a seemingly annual basis is exactly that reason.

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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