With the 2019 Ohio State Buckeyes recruiting class officially in the books, the sole focus has shifted towards the 2020 and 2021 classes. Thankfully, Ryan Day lived up to the hype yet again when the Buckeyes landed two offensive line signatures on National Signing Day, which helps fill a position group that really needs depth. Now that we can look ahead though, the offensive line will still be a major area of concern in the 2020 class. Time and time again we’ve discussed how vital line play is to the success of one’s season, and with a increased need to add depth, you can guarantee Day and Coach Studrawa will be all over the place looking to bolster his offensive line in the next two recruiting classes.
With several top prospects already offered, you can see the priority in nailing down their top targets early and often. Having stellar talent in-state too certainly helps. The interesting thing will be seeing who could commit to the Buckeyes next.
Could it be, so soon?
Earlier this week, Ohio State sent out an offer to a big time in-state offensive lineman in Ben Christman. A 6-foot-6, 300-pounder hailing from Richfield, Ohio (Revere HS), Christman is a prospect that you can’t miss out on whether we’re talking physically in the 2021 class or literally in person. A massive current high school sophomore, Ben still has two full seasons to improve on an already impressive stature and ability. A dream for any and every coach recruiting him, the Buckeyes have to like where they stand early in this sweepstakes.
Immediately following that OSU offer, the predictions in favor of Ohio State on the 247sports crystal ball began to come in. Now, as said many times, the crystal ball is never 100 percent accurate. However, it’s certainly still a solid insight to where a prospect may end up. Especially when the director of recruiting, Steve Wiltfong, makes a prediction, it’s a more than good chance that the ending result mirrors his thoughts. That’s where we leave off with Christmas. Tuesday night, just hours after his offer, Wiltfong as well as two other insiders wasted zero time in pegging Ben to Ohio State.
The importance? While Ohio State goes in full search to reload their offensive line, the next pledge toward the program may skip the 2020 class and go right into 2021 with the aforementioned Christman. This week was already great to the Buckeyes in 2021 when Jack Sawyer gave a surprise early commitment to Ohio State. If the momentum continues, the Buckeyes could add their second major piece to the 2021 class.
- Four-star 2020 defensive end prospect Jacolbe Cowan (Charlotte, NC/Providence Day) released his top 12 schools. Ohio State was fortunate to make the cut with Alabama, Clemson, North Carolina, Oregon, NC State and South Carolina among others. Cowan ranks as the fifth best defensive end in the country for his class and the second best player in North Carolina.