Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson and his dominate attack are no secret to the college football world and especially recruits. Just a few days after Chase Young broke into the Heisman race, Ohio State has offered 2021, in-state defensive tackle Mike Hall.
Hall, from Streetsboro, Ohio, currently carries a three-star ranking, however that will likely change given as he heads into his senior year next season and gets more exposure on the camp circuit. Generally, in the recruiting of players who are not yet in their senior seasons, it is more instructive to look at the offers that the players have, as opposed to the ranks that the recruiting services have assigned them. After all, the programs have a much more vested interest in identifying talent early.
Extremely Blessed on receiving my 2nd BIG10 offer from The™️ University Of Ohio State...Go Bucks ⚪️ @rawtalentsport1 @Rivalsfbcamps @Rivals @Mark__Porter @mgoul @247Sports @OhioStateFB @ryandaytime @StrBoroFootball @markpantoni pic.twitter.com/U68JsaF8PO— . (@MichaelHallJr_) October 28, 2019
As of now, his offer list includes the likes of Kentucky, Michigan State, Iowa State, West Virginia, and Cincinnati among a few other non-Power Five schools. As a junior, he already has college-level size at 6-foot-3, 275 pounds; numbers that will almost surly improve as he grows into his frame.
Currently, he is rated as the 22nd-rated player in Ohio and the 37th-ranked DT nationally, according to the 247Sports Rankings. His strengths are in his footwork and speed, with his focus being on improving coming out of his stance faster and better use of his hands. Should he end up at Ohio State, Johnson will undoubtedly be able to help him improve in those areas.
Riding High from the Win
In addition to the great showing that the Ohio State Buckeyes had on the field on Saturday night, knocking off the then-No. 13 Wisconsin Badgers 38-7, they also had a very good — if not rain-soaked — day of recruiting, as some important recruits and commits from both the 2020 and 2021 classes were on hand.
2020 quarterback commit Jack Miller was one of those in attendance, and even though he has been committed to Ohio State since July 2018, there has been concern lately about whether that commitment will stand as OSU continues to pursue a second QB in the class in California’s C.J. Stroud.
Miller has reassured Ohio State and its fans that he will be a Buckeye regardless of any others being recruited. Miller’s talent is not in question, but between the extremely thing quarterback room and Miller’s injury history, the need to have as many quality quarterback has been important for head coach Ryan Day.
The two prospects that everyone was talking about over the weekend were Emeka Egbuka and Will Shipley, and both were reportedly impressed by their visits to Columbus.
Egbuka is the No. 9 player in the 2021 recruiting cycle according to 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 1 player with the ambiguous athlete designation. The 4.0 GPA student from Washington projects to be a wide receiver in college, and would be an instant difference-maker for whatever program he chooses.
Similarly, despite also being a five-star recruit — the No. 21 player in 2021 — Shipley is looking for a school that views him as a running back, as opposed to the slot receiver that many schools view him as. As the No. 1 all-purpose back in the country, Ohio State has told Shipley that they are recruiting him as a RB, possibly giving them a leg up.
Speaking of running backs, three-star, 2020 RB Miyan Williams has announced that he will be visiting Columbus for the Penn State game on Nov. 23. Williams has been a tough one to get on campus, even though he just lives down I-71 in Cincinnati. He is currently an Iowa State commit, but the four crystal balls on record are starting to turn to OSU, showing a 50/50 split, with the most recent pointing to the Buckeyes.