Back in February 2013, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his coaching staff were able to sign 24 players in a recruiting class that was ranked second in the country by 247Sports. Of these 24 players, Ohio State only lost three to transfer or dismissal, meaning 21 players have either started for or contributed to Ohio State since 2013.
Part one dealt with the departed players. Part two will focus upon those players who have been contributors to Ohio State, with the caveat that some of these players may even emerge as starters by the conclusion of the 2016 season. Those players will be listed below, in the order that they committed to Ohio State.
1. Cam Burrows, DB
Burrows was the first player to verbally commit to Ohio State's 2013 class. Burrows has seen playing time at both cornerback and safety, and has been a valuable special teams contributor. Burrows fractured a bone in his foot last October, which ended his season early. Burrows could be in the running for one of the safety positions this coming season.
2. Evan Lisle, OL
Lisle redshirted in 2013, and did not play during the ‘14 season. With so many talented offensive linemen on the Ohio State roster, the 2016 season may be a “now or never” moment for Lisle to emerge on the offensive line depth chart.
3. Marcus Baugh, TE
The old cliche about a cat having nine lives could be applied to Baugh's career at Ohio State. Baugh was cited twice for underage drinking, which landed him squarely in the coaching staff’s doghouse. Playing behind Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, Baugh contemplated leaving Ohio State in 2014. Even though Baugh had only two receptions last season, Baugh enters the fall as the projected starter at the tight end position.
4. Tracy Sprinkle, DL
Like his teammate Marcus Baugh, Sprinkle has had his share of off-the-field troubles that nearly derailed his Ohio State career. After redshirting in 2013, Sprinkle was arrested and suspended in July 2014 for his involvement in a bar brawl. After the charges were reduced, Sprinkle was allowed back on the team. Sprinkle is in line to be a starter at defensive tackle for Ohio State, with another year of eligibility remaining.
5. Chris Worley, LB
Worley came from the traditional Ohio State pipeline of Cleveland Glenville as a safety, but moved to linebacker. Worley redshirted in 2013, and actually started at linebacker in the ‘14 season opener against Navy, although Darron Lee eventually won the starting spot. Entering the 2016 season, Worley is in line to be a starter, but faces competition from Jerome Baker.
6. Corey Smith, WR
Smith enters the 2016 season with his sixth year of eligibility. A rare junior college signee (played at East Mississippi Community College) to come to Ohio State, Smith redshirted in 2013. The following season, he emerged as a valuable contributor at wide receiver and special teams. A knee injury suffered in the Indiana game ended his 2015 campaign early. Smith has already graduated with a degree in African American and African Studies. Smith could possibly emerge as a starter at one of the wide receiver positions this season.
7. James Clark, WR
Clark signed with Ohio State on National Signing Day in February 2013. Clark was earning playing time as a freshman in 2013, until breaking his ankle against Florida A&M that September. He redshirted the rest of that season and has since played sparingly in 2014 and ‘15.
8. Trey Johnson, LB
Johnson's football career ended due to injury, but he was able to contribute before having to do so. Johnson actually lettered as a true freshman in 2013, before having to end his football career in January 2015 due to an arthritic knee condition. He served as a student assistant with Ohio State in 2015.
9. Donovan Munger, DL
Redshirted in 2013, Munger was able to contribute in 2014 and ‘15 along the defensive line. Munger started the 2016 BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against Notre Dame, but was forced to end his career due to a recurrence of a pulmonary embolism.
Of these nine players listed, Ohio State could accurately label each of them contributors. Several of them, such as Marcus Baugh, Tracy Sprinkle, Chris Worley and Corey Smith, could even vault themselves into the starter category by the end of the 2016 season. That means nine members (37.5 percent) of the 2013 recruiting class can be classified as contributors, once again exceeding the traditional "Rule Of Thirds."
Part three will examine the 2013 recruits who emerged as starters for the Buckeyes. Needless to say, there will be several notable and well-known names in this group.
— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and a diehard Ohio State fan. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.