One week ago today, Ohio State missed out on one of its top priority defensive line recruits when Bryan Bresee committed to Clemson instead. This week however, the Buckeyes luck turned when Darrion Henry (Cincinnati, OH / Princeton) included the team in his top schools.
Immediately following Bresee’s decision, the four-star DE became the Buckeyes No. 1 priority on the defensive line. Add to that, Ohio State has yet to secure a commitment from a defensive prospect yet this year, making the cut for his final six schools meant all the more for the team.
Ohio State has stiff competition for Henry though, as Cincinnati, Kentucky, LSU, Georgia and Tennessee all made the cut alongside the Buckeyes.
The inclusion of Ohio State in his top schools list does not come as much of a surprise. Currently, the Buckeyes are the heavy favorite and hold 100 percent of the 12 247Sports Crystal Ball Predictions submitted.
Henry has yet to take any official visits but will likely begin taking them soon now that juniors are able to take them the spring before their senior season begins. Ohio State will likely receive one of those coveted visits and could be on BOOM Watch if it goes well.
Henry is the No. 3 strong side DE in the nation and is the No. 45 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Ohio State dishes out more offers
The Ohio State football program had a busy Monday morning on the recruiting front. Following a weekend that saw multiple recruits receive scholarship offers to the program, the coaching staff built on that momentum by sending out two more offers.
Dayon Hayes (Pittsburgh, PA / Westinghouse) was the first recruit to take to Twitter Monday to announce the news of receiving an offer to play for Ohio State.
The defensive tackle has seen his recruitment take off as of late, adding offers from Ohio State and Penn State in the last two weeks. He has yet to be given a star rating, but because elite coaches see something enough in him to offer him a scholarship he will likely be given one soon.
Currently, Pitt is the favorite to land a commitment from Hayes but Ohio State is one of the biggest names to show interest and likely became an immediate contender for his services.
The other Ohio State offer to go out Monday was to 2021 OT Marcus Tate (Fort Lauderdale, FL University School). While he has only completed two seasons of high school football, he already holds offers from the likes of Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Oregon, Michigan and now Ohio State.
God is Great. Blessed beyond measures to receive an offer from Ohio State University #GoBuckeyes #Fab #BOFF @larryblustein @mikeirizarry35 @GridironStuds @CoachBam_50 @ErikRichardsUSA @DemetricDWarren @UNCLELUQ @SleeperAth1etes @coachwb45 pic.twitter.com/Yv9aJLipcn— Marcus Tate ⁵⁵ (@teamfl25) April 29, 2019
Because the 6-foot-4.5, 326-pound OT already holds offers from schools most only dream about, his recruitment is very much up in the air.
Ohio State will need to get him on campus in the upcoming seasons to become real contenders in his recruitment but getting in on the action this early is a great start.