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Looking Back at Ohio State's 2015 Recruiting Class (Part Two)

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In February 2015, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and his staff were able to sign a class of 27 players. Of those 27, 12 players left the program due to transfers, injuries, or retirement. The other 15 have either emerged as starters or contributed to the team in some way.

Part one of this series dealt with the departures from the program. Part two will focus on the players who have been contributors, or could possibly even emerge as starters in 2018 or beyond for the Buckeyes.

1. Justin Hilliard, LB

A five-star recruit who verbally committed in July 2014, Hilliard has battled injuries throughout his career at Ohio State. As a redshirt junior, Hilliard will have one more year of eligibility remaining after this season. Hilliard will contribute at middle linebacker for the Buckeyes in 2018 after playing primarily on special teams during his career. Hilliard made three tackles coming off of the bench in last Saturday's 77-31 win over Oregon State.

2. Jashon Cornell, DL

Another highly-touted recruit who verbally committed in July 2014, Cornell has contributed at both defensive tackle and defensive end. Redshirted in 2015, Cornell could possibly return to the Buckeyes for the '19 season. He was credited with two tackles in the win over the Beavers.

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3. Joshua Alabi, OL

Originally recruited as a defensive lineman, Alabi was switched to the other side of the line of scrimmage in 2017. A redshirt junior, Alabi was listed on the depth chart for the opener against Oregon State as "OR" at left tackle alongside Thayer Munford.

4. Rashod Berry, TE

Berry began his Ohio State career as a defensive end, but was moved to tight end in 2016. Berry will have another year of eligibility remaining opened the season as the co-starter at tight end on the depth chart alongside Luke Farrell. Berry made an immediate impact, catching a six-yard TD pass in the season-opening rout of Oregon State.

5. Davon Hamilton, DL

Hamilton was one of the last players to verbally commit to Ohio State, only a few days before National Signing Day in February 2015. A backup defensive lineman, Hamilton redshirted in 2015 and will have one more year of eligibility after this season. He came in off of the bench last Saturday against Oregon State.

— Written by Chip Minnich, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He also is writing and podcasting for www.theozone.net. Follow him on Twitter @ChipMinnich.