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Ohio State recruiting: Buckeyes offers little brother of former national champion alum

The Buckeyes make an offer to an in-state legacy prospect.

A.J. Kirk

Yesterday the Ohio State program hosted their first camp of the summer—a great chance for the staff to take a look at some of the talent. This is a chance to play host to some of their top targets who they have already seen compete several times. Any chance a top priority recruit is able to get to campus, it’s an additional advantage for Coach Day and his crew to continue building the all important relationships with guys they want to be on their future rosters. While yesterday’s camp was the only the first of the summer season, there was enough fireworks to go around as the staff was busy with their evaluations and handing out new offers to guys they know are worthy of suiting up in the Scarlet and Gray.

In-state legacy lands OSU offer

Ohio State, as you all know, won the National Championship in 2002 over the Miami Hurricanes. One of the stars of that 2002 championship team was safety Mike Doss. Not only was Doss a great player and leader of the team, but it was just before the 2002 season when he elected to come back to school and play for the Buckeyes in his final year at Ohio State. While his story is already written in the Buckeye yearbooks for the rest of time, his family legacy may only be beginning.

Yesterday, little brother to Mike Doss, Dublin Coffman product A.J. Kirk, a 2021 prospect, received the highly coveted Buckeye offer—and this is one that Kirk has surely been wanting and waiting on. A 6-foot, 200-pound safety, A.J. has the bloodlines to prove he’s well worth the offer. Ranked by 247sports as the fifth best safety in the country and the sixth best player in a very talent-deep Buckeye state for the class of 2021, Kirk is a player the Buckeyes will roll out the red carpet for now that the offer has been made official. One would probably think this is Ohio State’s target to lose, but time will be the only way to tell if that holds true.

Growing up just minutes from campus and having your older brother win a championship with the same team does nothing but help the Buckeyes’ cause. If Ohio State makes a full court press for Kirk, this recruitment could be over early. A.J. does though still have two full seasons to play at the prep level. With already more than solid size and ability, it’s just a matter of time before the other top national level programs come calling. Thankfully, the Buckeyes have more than enough going for them with this recruitment.

Kentucky TE gets an OSU offer

Ohio State’s offensive coaching staff is loaded with guys who have been at the top of their profession more than once. When you consider the guys on the staff and all of the accolades they each have acquired over the years, it’s no wonder why the Buckeyes are landing top elite offensive players left and right. Regardless of position too, Ohio State has been successful even early in the Ryan Day tenure.

One position group thought that fans have really yet to see the plan unfold for is the tight end group. Day will officially be in his first season as the head coach and with his offensive game plans and scheme, the tight ends will be a position worth watching. It could be vastly different than what many are accustomed to with Meyer’s former offensive style, but if Kevin Wilson has anything to say about it, the TE spot will surely be an integral part of the game plan.

Yesterday, after a solid performance during camp, Ohio State offered their latest tight end prospect in Kentucky native Jordan Dingle. A 6-foot-4, 230-pound 2021 prospect, Dingle grades out by 247sports as the 15th best TE in his class nationally and the fourth best player in the Bluegrass State. With five offers overall and both the in-state schools, Kentucky and Louisville already in the fold, the Ohio State offer is just yet another domino to fall before the rest of the “blue-bloods” come calling for his services. Ohio State has made their pitch early and can begin building the relationship, but how well the 2019 tight ends play and how often they are used could be a big factor to whether or not Dingle is serious about the Buckeyes.

Quick Hits:

  • Current Buckeye commit Paris Johnson Jr. was on campus yesterday for the one-day camp. Ohio State loves to have him on campus any chance they can get, but yesterday was even better because his current teammate and major Buckeye target Darrion Henry was also with him to see Ohio State again.
  • 2020 three-star defensive end Ty Hamilton (Pickerington Central), a guy right in Ohio State’s backyard, scheduled his Buckeye official visit for June 14-16.
  • 2020, 6-foot-6 small forward Che Evans announced a Top 7 schools yesterday evening and included Ohio State. Evans is a top 170 player nationally for the class of 2020.