Baby Buckeyes - The 2008 Recruiting Class 2008 OSU Recruiting Report A Season of Transition [imga=left]http://blog.cleveland.com/lesmerises/2008/10/medium_BoeckmanMINN.jpg[/imga]This recruiting season figures to be one of the more important seasons in recent history, as the Buckeyes graduate a huge class of 20 seniors, and expect a few guys to at least look at a jump to the NFL. On offense, the most notable departures begin with Senior QB Todd Boeckman. With freshman sensation Tyrelle Pryor slotted as the starter for next season, and pushing for the job this year, the Buckeyes appear set at the QB spot, but where they have talent, they do not have depth. Expect the Buckeyes to go after a good young arm, but one belonging to a player who won't mind waiting a while for his shot. Look for whoever comes in to redshirt his first season. Coach Griffin just announced that Sophomore HB Brandon Saine will redshirt[imga=right]http://media.scout.com/Media/Image/63/638655.jpg[/imga] this year due to injury, but most think it has to do with the fact he won't see the field much after being moved to fourth on the depth chart. Look for the Buckeyes to move on a top-tier HB in anticipation of the departure of Junior Beanie Wells, who looks to challenge for the Heisman this year, and potentially be a top five pick. Coach Griffin says the Buckeyes will be thin at TE as well, with Senior Rory Nicol graduating and only Junior Jake Ballard left. With the new NCAA restrictions against player position changes in place, a TE is a must-have part of the OSU recruiting strategy. Things are a little better on the defensive side of the ball, though just about anyone could have a good year and bolt for the NFL. The linebacking corps and secondary are stacked with potential first-rounders, so look for the Buckeyes to simply go after the best available talent, and to do so evenly across several positions. It looks like anyone coming in will have to be the very best at his position to get any serious time on this defense, since starters and backups have established themselves over time. However, with juniors Kurt Coleman and Anderson Russell being called the best safety tandem in the Big Ten, one or both could make the leap, leaving behind them the best chance for a youngster to play. Look for the Buckeyes to be aggressive early, since the sheer number of guys they need will not allow them to waste much time. With the number of top guys interested, their board could start filling up fast.