Ohio State has completed another spring ball season, and with the news that broke yesterday evening, recruiting is something this staff never stops doing. With the report of current QB Matthew Baldwin entering his name for the transfer portal, it’s almost like the Buckeyes staff not only has to recruit for the future, but in this day and age they have to now recruit their own guys already in the fold to even stay in the program. The most notable route is of course looking to bring in a grad transfer who can boost the depth in a much needed area.
With the NFL Draft though coming up in just less than a week, Ohio State’s recruiting pitch that is for the future will certainly get another notch in its belt when the Buckeyes are sure to see another stable of guys head to their new homes as picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. While Day may have to put his attention in other areas right now concerning his QB depth, it’s still promising to note that recruiting for the Buckeyes is easy when your track record proves the ability to develop guys for the NFL. As more news is always coming out about Ohio State, one constant headline is the recruiting in Columbus is always showing more positives than negatives.
Wandering in the state up north
When Urban Meyer became the head coach of Ohio State, the ability to pull top players from Michigan in favor of Ohio State was almost a yearly occurrence. Now that Ryan Day has been at the helm for these few months, it looks as if the drawing board is much of the same recruiting wise. Of course, when a player is good enough to suit up for the Buckeyes, it doesn’t matter where they are from, but when you’re talking about the potential to steal one out of your biggest rival’s back yard, it makes the recruiting victory that much more meaningful.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes were back in Metro Detroit. Dropping in at Oak Park High School, the latest prospect to receive an Ohio State offer was current Oak Park Viking Rayshaun Benny, a 2021 offensive tackle prospect. A 6-foot-4, 260-pound tackle, Benny does not currently a 247sports ranking, but is considered a three-star prospect in the composite rankings. Nearing double-digit offers, the biggest offer to date was Kentucky, but with the Buckeyes now in the fold for Benny it should only be a matter of time before other blue-blood programs come knocking at his door.
After having recruited current Oak Park 2020 five-star Justin Rogers for the past two years, the Buckeyes know the program very well. If the Buckeyes are to be a true player in this recruitment, the next step will be to get Benny on camp to build the bond between the two parties. While time can only tell, at least the start of the process is underway.
- Five-star offensive lineman and current Ohio State commit Paris Johnson Jr. visits Georgia this weekend.
- 2021 Michigan running back Donovan Edwards, who the Buckeyes have offered, looks to be very much impressed with Ohio State as he takes to his social media accounts to promote posts with the Buckeyes being mentioned. Can Ohio State pull another top Michigan native south of the border?