Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff are always hard at work searching the recruiting trail for top talent to bring to Columbus to suit up in the Scarlet and Gray.
Looking all over the United States for potential future Buckeyes, Day and crew have now entered the race for one of the most sought after class of 2021 recruits the state of Texas has to offer.
Hoping to continue their success in the Longhorn state, Ohio State joins the likes of Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, USC, and others, on the hunt for Aledo High four-star junior wide receiver JoJo Earle.
Coming off of a sophomore season where he accounted for over 1,000 receiving yards, Earle is already off to rather hot start to his junior campaign. Through three games, the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder has racked up 352 yards and two touchdowns for the Bearcats, who currently sit at 2-1 on the year.
Pegged as the 22nd wide out, and 106th overall prospect in the entire class of 2021 at the moment, 247Sports had the following to say on Earle’s skill set.
“Playmaking receiver with below average size but terrific playmaking ability. On the short end of the spectrum and limited in frame. However, quick-footed, nimble, and sudden on the field. Possesses very high route-running ceiling because of agility and speed. Leverages DB’s into breaks. Flashes impressive burst off the line and acceleration. Gets on top of corners quickly. Good top-end play speed. Does not need to gear down much to change direction. Stellar production as a sophomore for the Texas 5A D-II state champion. Shows encouraging hands-catching acumen. Competes above listed size for contested balls with promising high-pointing ability. Flashes good body control to adjust. Knows how to find open space. Lack of ideal size hinders physical ceiling. Limited catch radius. Could affect long-term durability. Certainly fast enough, but can still improve the very top end speed-wise. Dynamic playmaker who presents personnel options at receiver and in gadget formations, as well as the return game. A likely multi-year Power Five starter with long-term NFL Draft potential.”
Buckeyes offer Henderson, and Stellato
JoJo Earle wasn’t the only class of 2021 talent to walk away from the weekend with a scholarship offer from Ryan Day and the Buckeyes. So did junior athletes TreVeyon Henderson, and Troy Stellato.
A Virginia native who calls Hopewell High home, Henderson is closing on two dozen college opportunities. With OSU throwing their hat in the ring, the Buckeyes find themselves up against Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and many others for the 5-foot-10, 190-pounder.
Talented enough to play on either side of the college ball, Henderson, a four-star prospect, does just that for the Blue Devils of Hopewell. So far in two games this season, he’s rushed for over 200 yards, and two touchdowns on offense, while also snatching nearly 10 total tackles as a defensive back.
Like JoJo Earle, 247Sports had some great things to say about what Henderson could potentially add to a college roster.
“Frame to play cornerback or running back but must add size. Elite athleticism. Quick feet, loose hips allow for impressive change of direction. Offers position versatility. Accelerates well and has top end speed. As running back, combines vision and patience. Gets through hole quickly. Elusive in space. Effective pass catcher. As cornerback, comfortable and low in backpedal. Tight on receiver’s hip out of breaks. Drives on balls thrown in front. Tracks passes well. Physical hard hitter playing downhill. Sheds blocks and makes tackles in run game. Effective in press and off coverage. Must add strength, particularly in upper body. Adding mass to frame is important. Multi-year starter at Top 10 program. Day 3 NFL draft potential.”
Stellato, a 6-foot, 172-pound, three-star wide receiver, has been in contact with the staff for quite some time finally earns his chance to call Ohio State home.
Wow god is great!!! After a great talk with @brianhartline and @CoachKeeOSU I am truly honored and blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University⭕️ @JohnGarcia_Jr @Rivalsfbcamps @OhioStateFB @5manfree @Redskins32 @SleeperAth1etes pic.twitter.com/0jijEFvs4S— Troy Stellato (@troystellato) September 15, 2019
One of the fastest prospects in the country, Stellato, who now holds around 10 offers, has shown off sub 4.45 40 speed all season long for Fort Lauderdale’s Cardinal Gibbons High. Pulling in 16 receptions for the Chiefs, he’s up to 239 yards on the season.
Certain to watch his name climb up the recruiting rankings, Stellato is currently rated as the 77th wide receiver, and 457th overall prospect in the class of 2021.
Ohio State also reportedly offered the following other class of 2021 prospects over the weekend:
5-star CB Ga’Quincy McKinstry
Town: Pinson,AL/Pinson Valley
Other offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, etc
4-star CB Latrell McCutchin
Status: Currently verbally committed to Alabama
4-star TE Hudson Wolfe
Town: Savannah,TN/Hardin County
Others offers: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, etc