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Multiple prospects extremely impressed by Ohio State’s win over Wisconsin

The rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the numerous high-profile recruits on the sidelines.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: DEC 01 Big Ten Championship Game - Northwestern v Ohio State Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Ohio State Buckeyes’ dominating win over Wisconsin was impressive to everyone in the nation, but most importantly it impressed the next crop of OSU players. Land-Grant Holy Land already got the reactions of many of them, but even more impressions are rolling in and everything’s coming up Buckeyes.

Quinton Somerville, a four-star strong-side defensive end in the 2021 class, told Bucknuts, “That was a big win and you can see the defense getting stronger and stronger every week. Stopping one of the best running backs in college football is a hard task and they made it look easy.”

Somerville has had a scholarship offer from OSU since February, and hopes to be able to visit after the season. He’s the No. 5 SDE in the class, and the No. 1 recruit in Arizona, and has offers from LSU, Auburn and Michigan to name a few.

C.J. Hicks, a top recruit in 2022 who many are projecting to be a top 10 guy in the class when it’s all said and done, said to Lettermen Row, “I loved it. The weather ruined it a little bit for my mom, but I was fine.”

He’s a native Ohio kid, and has rare size and athleticism as a sophomore. He doesn’t have an offer quite yet, and is hoping to come again for the Maryland game for another unofficial visit.

Hicks’ teammate from Archbishop Alter Derrick Shepherd was also in attendance. Not much is known about him so far, but he might be another hidden gem. A shoulder injury kept him out of the recruiting camps that are so important for star ratings and building a recruiting profile, but he’s back on the field now and was impressing enough to earn an invitation to the Wisconsin game from Ohio State coaches.

He also has the size that is so important at the defensive tackle position, standing 6-foot-4 and weighing 310 pounds.

Finally Grant Dellinger, a Michigan native who is a high four-star offensive tackle, also had glowing reviews of his visit. He’s the type that looks forward to the future, and OSU is one of the best at setting it’s players up for success at the next level. One only needs to turn their TV’s on Sunday to have proof of that.

Dellinger said via Lettermen Row, “There are programs in place to be successful after graduation, and Coach Day and Coach Stud have all the connections to be successful in the NFL, too. The ‘wow’ moment was definitely talking with Coach Day and Coach Stud, but it’s really awesome to see a ton of NFL personnel on the field.”

He said that he talks to the coaches at Ohio State multiple times a week, and is very excited about OSU. While Michigan and Notre Dame have a current hold on him, not surprising given where he is from, it’s almost impossible to rule out the Buckeyes for anyone given their track record.


Highly recruited 2021 slot-receiver Troy Stellato announced that he will be trimming his list of schools way down soon. Stellato may be the highest recruited three-star player you’ll ever see, with every top school in for him. Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, you name it, Stellato has an offer. His last list had 12 schools on it and was posted October 20.

He’s been making incredible waves in his junior season, and his star rating should go up with the next updates. He’s already gone up 70 places since the start of the season according to 247Sports. Stellato was an OSU target before he even blew up, and hopefully that loyalty ends up meaning something. There is only one crystal ball for him right now, and it’s for OSU, but that was from before he started really making a name for himself, so take that with a grain of salt.

To comfort OSU fans a bit, Stellato retweeted Julian Fleming’s reply to the above tweet that read, “O-H lil bro!”

Stellato will be yet another insane weapon if the Buckeyes can land him, and he fills a need as a slot receiver, while most of the current crop of recruits figure to be on the outside. Check out what he can do in his mid-season highlight package.