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Ohio State dishes out in-state offers

The Buckeyes hit the recruiting trail early in the week offering a couple of in-state targets.

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Ohio State’s coaching staff had a busy Monday morning. But hitting the grind early is business as usual, because being one of the best college football programs in the country requires hard work day in and day out.

Head coach Ryan Day and company stayed in Ohio Monday, presenting two Cincinnati natives with official scholarship offers.

News first came in when 2021 running back Corey Kiner (Cincinnati, OH / Roger Bacon) showed off his new offer on Twitter.

Kiner may only have two years of high school ball under his belt but he has shown enough potential to earn high praise. 247Sports has yet to release their composite rankings for next year’s class but the recruiting database has him listed as a four-star RB, the No. 5 RB and No. 101 overall prospect in their rankings.

On top of this, Kiner has also built an impressive offer list early in his recruitment. Along with Ohio State, he has offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Louisville.

Michigan and Louisville are the early leaders in his recruitment for the sole fact that they are the only two schools he has taken unofficial visits too. If Ohio State is able to get him on campus soon, they too would likely jump to the head of the pack.

The other offer Ohio State sent out Monday was to 2020 kicker Jake Seibert (Cincinnati, OH / La Salle). The Buckeyes have had recent success when recruiting special teams players out of La Salle as current Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman hails from the same school.

Seibert may not have a star ranking in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, but he is viewed as one of the stronger kickers in this year’s class, holding offers from the likes of Michigan State, UCLA, Air Force and now Ohio State.

Ohio State makes the cut for 4-star DT

It is always good news when one of Ohio State’s targets includes the schools in his list of top schools. It is even better when that specific recruit is viewed as one of the top talents in the country.

This was the case Monday when four-star defensive tackle Vernon Broughton (Houston, TX / Cy Ridge) included the Buckeyes in his top six schools.

Alongside Ohio State, Broughton listed Alabama, Arkansas, LSU, Texas and Texas A&M as his finalists in his recruitment.

While Texas has long been pegged as the favorite in his recruitment, Ohio State being included in his list says a lot about the school. The Buckeyes only offered Broughton back in January and have yet to be able to get him on campus for any kind of visit.

However, despite the lack of face-to-face contact, the Buckeyes were still able to get on his list. Therefore, if they are able to get him to use one of his five allocated official visits on them, they may be viewed as a legitimate contender for his services.

Broughton is the No. 5 DT in the 2020 recruiting class and is listed as the No. 70 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

Quick Hits:

  • Ohio State five-star OT verbal commit Paris Jackson Jr. made The Opening Nashville Final Five cut for the offensive line.
  • Ohio State four-star QB commit Jack Miller earned an invitation to the Rivals Challenge camp after his performance at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in LA this weekend.