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4-star tight end Joe Royer commits to Ohio State

The Buckeyes secure another in-state star

Joe Royer
SB Nation

The big recruiting weekend for the Ohio State Buckeyes has brought in a commitment. Graded by 247sports as a four-star, tight end Joe Royer (Cincinnati / Elder) has become the latest edition to the 2020 recruiting class.

Standing at 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, the in-state prospect has been graded highly by 247sports. The recruiting site has him as the 200th best in the class, third best tight end, and second best overall recruit in the state of Ohio. From a composite standpoint, the 247sports graded are a tad lower; the composite for Royer has him downgraded to three-star status, the 508th overall recruit in ‘20, 14th TE, and 12th best in the Buckeye State.

While the numbers and star ratings are subjective, the offers are not. He holds over 20, including some from notable Power 5 programs. Penn State, Michigan and Wisconsin are three Big Ten schools that have shown interest with an offer.

This is a big win for Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson. The Buckeye offense gets another commitment in what’s shaping up to be a stellar 2020 recruiting cycle. More importantly, they secure a commitment from an in-state product—something Day has been big about. And even more important, they were able to wrestle Royer out of Cincinnati, a place where Luke Fickell has been winning battles. The Bearcats may be one of the best teams outside a Power 5 conference, and the fact that Royer elected to move away from the hometown team in favor of the flagship football school in Ohio proves the ability of Day and company on the recruiting trail.

Watch highlights from Royer’s junior season: