Already this week, we’ve mentioned how the Ohio State Buckeyes are poised to have a big June on the recruiting trail. Tuesday brought good news that three-star 2020 tight end prospect Joe Royer (Cincinnati, OH / Elder) put the Bucks in his top-6 schools list, and Wednesday followed up with a set of offers to 2021 prospects.
Let’s take a closer look at what the future could hold for Ryan Day and the OSU program.
To Cedar Rapids we go
One recipient of an OSU offer was offensive tackle Connor Colby. While he doesn’t have a full recruiting prospectus yet, that didn’t stop the Bucks from hosting him—and giving him the chance to suit up in Columbus. Colby tweeted out his offer Wednesday afternoon.
Already, this will be an uphill battle for Day and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. Over five schools have made the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, native an offer, including home schools Iowa and Iowa State. With two years remaining in his recruitment, there’s six 247sports crystal ball predictions made, and all are pointing to the Hawkeyes.
Colby has a long way to go before making a final decision, but his recruitment (and potential) is shaping up to be one of the big ones as the calendar flips to 2021. 247sports has issued their own recruiting rating for the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder—and it’s really good. He’s pegged as the 25th best offensive lineman in the class, and second best prospect in Iowa for the ‘21 recruiting cycle.
If OSU misses on Colby, it’s not the end of the world. Day and company are recruiting Ben Christman (Richfield, OH / Revere), the No. 3 OT in 2021. Early predictions point to the Buckeyes winning that battle, but you’d like to have options just in case a team gets him.
If tight end was the focus this week, then things must be looking good at OSU. Fresh off the news of Royer adding the Buckeyes to his list of top schools, 2021 prospect Nick Elksnis (Jacksonville, FL / Episcopal) made the announcement on Twitter that not only did he have a “great visit” to Ohio State, but he picked up an opportunity to play for the Big Ten power.
After a great visit in Columbus, I am blessed to have earned a scholarship offer from The Ohio State University!! Go Buckeyes!! #formygoodbutHISglory @ryandaytime @OSUCoachKDub @OhioStateFB @ReturnOfJamez @proimpact904 pic.twitter.com/Iq6pM4TkSz— Nick Elksnis (@NickElksnis) June 12, 2019
At 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, he’s got an early three-star grading from 247sports. Will that star grading go up or down when more outlets unveil their grade for Elksnis? Who knows. But what we do know is that Ohio State isn’t the only big-time school to come knocking.
Florida State, Miami (FL) and Michigan are just three of the 11 reported offers for the Floridian. Especially if teams want a TE down the line, they better start now. 247sports has Elksnis as the No. 11 TE in the class and No. 51 overall recruit in Florida.
We don’t really know how the TE position will be utilized by Ryan Day, but after his inaugural season wraps up, we’ll definitely know how big (or small) the TE’s role will be on the offense—which will inevitably influence who gets recruited to Columbus.