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Top running back targets for Ohio State’s 2021 class

The Buckeyes have their QB, but what does the RB situation look like?

Donovan Edwards

On April 30, the Ohio State Buckeyes received their second commit in the class of 2021 from quarterback Kyle McCord out of St. Joseph’s High School in Philadelphia, Penn. McCord was hand picked by Ryan Day and Mike Yurcich to be their man in the class of 2021.

Since that day in April, McCord has been working tirelessly to get other players in the class of 2021 to him in Columbus. For the most part, McCord has been successful seeing as the Buckeyes have picked up two offensive commitments in the class of 2021 since his commitment. The two of them being wide receiver Jayden Ballard and offensive tackle Ben Christman—both of whom are from the state of Ohio. They commitments that McCord enjoyed helping with but he is not done.

“I really believe that this 2021 class has a chance to be very special,” McCord told Land-Grant Holy Land.

There is a number of top targets still on the table for the class of 2021 especially on the offensive side of the ball. Over the next few weeks with the help of McCord, Land-Grant Holy Land will be providing a position by position breakdown for the top targets on the offensive side of the ball.

Let’s get the first segment of ‘McCord’s Men’ started with the workhorses, the all-important running backs. First up is Ohio State’s No. 1 guy in the class of 2021: Donovan Edwards, out of West Bloomfield High school in West Bloomfield Michigan.

Edwards is an all-around back; he has the speed to get into the open field and score but also has power. One other thing to note about Edwards is that he is a very good receiver out of the backfield and can return the ball on special teams. The icing on the cake for Buckeye fans is that Edwards is out of the state of up north and is a big priority for the Michigan Wolverines. After talking to Edwards it feels as though that his recruitment is pretty open for Ohio State with Michigan leading the pack.

“The thing I really most like about [Ohio State] is how they treat recruits, like you are already one of their players and they do not just treat you as a football player but as a man as well,” Edwards said to LGHL.

As for what McCord had to say about Edwards, he told Land-Grant Holy Land, “I’ve been in contact with Donovan about Ohio State. He says he likes it a lot and I know Ohio State will be in the mix no matter what. He’s a really physical back, which I think Ohio State would need to bring in for my class so he is a top target.”

After talking to both Donovan Edwards and Kyle McCord, Buckeye fans should very much like their chance with Donovan being the featured back in the class of 2021.

While Edwards may be the top target and priority for Ohio State, there is one guy that is not too far behind. That guy is Evan Pryor, a four-star running back out of William Amos Hough high school in Cornelius, N.C.

Pryor recently made a trip to Ohio State for one of their one-day football on June 15.

Much like Donovan Edwards, Pryor is a do-it-all back who has speed and power and can catch the ball. Pryor had this to say about Ohio State, “My trip at OSU went great. It’s a great atmosphere also felt great getting such a prestigious offer.”

Pryor also noted that he has a very good relationship with Ohio State running back coach Tony Alford. Ohio State’s quarterback commit Kyle McCord also spoke very highly of Evan Pryor saying, “I’m trying my best to recruit Evan. We talk pretty frequently and he knows that I want him in Columbus badly.”

Pryor is another guy that Ohio State fans should be very excited about in the class of 2021.

Two other names for Ohio State fans should keep an eye on are all-purpose back Will Shipley out of Weddington HS (N.C.) and Jaylen Anderson out of Perry HS (OH). Shipley is a versatile athlete who can do just about everything on the football field except maybe playing in the trenches.

While Shipley has not made a trip to Columbus he is definitely interested in doing so. Shipley had this to say about Ohio State, “Ohio state is awesome. Love the reputation of the school and football program.”

With Anderson, he is a kid that is coming off an injury that has hurt his development throughout the recruiting process—but look for him to bounce back this year. As an Ohio kid, he is most definitely interested in the in-state Buckeyes saying, “I love the way they use their backs and I like the way the coaches and everyone interact.”

Shipley has an offer from Ohio State but still has to make it to campus before this gets serious. As for Anderson, it is all about coming back strong this season and getting more attention to get some bigger offers.

Since it is so far out for the class of 2021, it is hard to project scholarship numbers and needs right now. Obviously, Ohio State will take a running back in the class of 2021 and right now my money would be on Edwards. If Ohio State does take a second running back Shipley would probably be the best to pair with Edwards. It is is still very early for the class of 2021 but there is no doubt with Kyle McCord leading the offense it will be something special.