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Four-star, 2020 quarterback finally earns Ohio State offer

Over the weekend, CJ Stroud finally got the offer that many were anticipating.

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While this news was more or less expected, it’s good to see Ts crossed and I’s dotted. OSU has said for a while that they would like another quarterback to complement four-star Jack Miller. Stroud took an unofficial visit to OSU for the Michigan State clash, and clearly the Buckeyes liked him in person, and one can only imagine Stroud did as well.

CJ Stroud is a pro-style QB, the fourth best in the class and 133rd overall. The 247 crystal ball — which boasts an accuracy rate of over 90% — has a 100 percent chance of Stroud heading to Columbus. However, most of the high-profile west coast teams are also in on Stroud, including Cal, Oregon, Utah and Washington State.

While four quarterbacks may seem like a lot, Jack Miller is still committed to OSU even if Stroud is added. Both Miller and his father have reaffirmed their loyalty to OSU, and are welcoming the competition, as they have known since he committed that Day wants to have four QBs on the roster at all times.


Multiple recruits impressed by atmosphere during Michigan State game

Now that the game is over, we get to dig into the reactions from the numerous 2021 kids that were in attendance. Most exciting of all might be 2021 receiver Beaux Collins, the No. 2 receiver in the class that almost seems guaranteed to earn a five star distinction soon.

He has every program vying for his services, but reportedly has it down to OSU and Clemson. The crystal ball has him 100 percent to OSU right now (but admittedly on only one CB) and Saturday’s game probably had a lot to do with it. He told Eleven Warriors, “Oh, I loved the atmosphere. It left me in awe.”

An official visit is next on deck for the highly touted wide receiver, but he still needs to make a trip to Clemson, and unfortunately (or very fortunately), OSU’s receiver room will be extremely packed when it’s all said and done, with or without Collins.

Another four-star recruit that was enamored with the product that OSU showed on the field was tight end Hudson Wolfe from Tennessee. He hasn’t locked Ohio State into his official visits yet, but Saturday was a big step. He said “I’ve been looking forward to getting up for a game, and it did not disappoint, I loved the excitement and the atmosphere of the game. I was impressed with the explosion of the offense as well,” according to Bucknuts.

Wolfe has the size you love to see at TE at 6-foot-6, 243 pounds, and will shore up a somewhat thin spot for the Buckeyes. The Buckeyes have six tight ends right now, but four are seniors, and they currently only have Joe Royer coming in 2020.


First early graduate for the 2020 class on his way

Early graduations are pretty par for the course for the high-star prospects, and OSU will have no shortage of kids wanting to get to the next level as quickly as possible. Ironically, the most recent OSU commit is now the first one to confirm that he is planning to leave high school early and enroll in OSU’s spring semester. Jacolbe Cowan from Charlotte Providence Day announced his decision Friday, and will be in Columbus come January, barring any setbacks.

Cowan also made some news earlier about his position of choice. At 6-foot-5, 262 pounds — with room still to grow — many assumed that he would take a place in the interior of the defensive line, instead of at the end where he currently plays.

However, he recently reiterated that defensive end has always been his position, although he will leave the decision up to his coaches, but Larry Johnson recruited him specifically at DE according to Cowan. Regardless, Johnson’s pedigree speaks for itself, and there is a lot of hype for Cowan no matter where he plays.


Basketball recruiting looking to the far future

While it’s not quite basketball season, recruiting is a 24/7/365 business. To that end, the Ohio State Buckeyes are looking far ahead as they have offered 2022 shooting guard Bowen Hardman.

Most of the midwest is already looking to secure the 6-foot-3, 160 pound kid from Cincinnati Ohio, including Cincinnati, Xavier and Purdue. He is one of the only guys that OSU has offered in the 2022 class, and he appreciates the respect, telling 247Sports that “I think for me it was really cool. Definitely being an Ohio kid, it is really special. For them to pick me out, and feel like I can help, that gives a lot of respect to me. It is just crazy and a cool feeling.”

Chris Holtmann is turning around the Buckeye basketball program fast, and Bowan might another piece to that puzzle in a couple years.