BAMA/OSU BATTLE FOR NO. 1 Ever since Ohio State’s absurd spring recruiting run became a national storyline a few months ago, the strong belief has been that the Buckeyes were heading toward possibly the greatest recruiting class in the history of modern recruiting. Or, at the worst, that they would win their first-ever recruiting crown in program history. Ohio State (305.37 points) is still the betting favorite to land the No. 1 class, with the betting line being something like -120 in this hypothetical Vegas oddsmaker scenario. But Alabama is hard-changing, having jumped from all the way back in the 60s to the No. 2 class in America (269.24 points). Again, the Buckeyes still have a strong lead, but it’s a diminishing lead that appears as if it will shrink even further on Sunday with the impending commitment of five-star Belleville (Mich.) product Damon Payne, the nation’s 15th-ranked overall player and top-ranked defensive tackle, who is likely to join the Tide. That would put Alabama’s total score at 280.65 points with just 16 commitments. There are still a handful of top-tier targets for both the Buckeyes and Tide to close on, so it looks like we could be headed for a tight race between the two programs for the recruiting title. That would have sounded crazy just a couple months ago, but that’s how quickly things have changed.