Ohio State's Football Recruiting Rankings Hangover

Ryan StaabAnalyst IFebruary 10, 2009

I admit that I am new to the recruiting media frenzy, but for the life of me, I can't figure out why/how Ohio State dropped to No. 9 in the ESPN recruiting rankings.

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Texas
4. USC
5. Florida
6. Georgia
7. Miami (Fla.)
8. Florida State
9. Ohio State
10. Michigan

I could see Ohio State as No. 4 with LSU, USC, and either Alabama, Texas, or Florida being ahead of the Buckeyes.

How, when Sports Illustrated/Rivals has Ohio State at No. 3 , Scout has them at No. 1, and CBS Sports/Tom Lemming has the team at No. 2, were Florida State, Georgia, and "The U" better than Ohio State this year according to ESPN?

Oh never mind, I forgot that it's cold in Columbus and nobody wants to go anywhere that lacks palm trees and sandy beaches to play football.

In addition to having two components of the Trifecta of Stupid, (Jenkins works for CBS Sports), I'm finding very little reason to continue patronizing ESPN for anything sports-related other than Bill Simmons.