Yesterday, we mentioned that the Ohio State Buckeyes made a few offers to four-star recruits. Some of them came from states within the Big Ten shadow, while another recruit calls Florida home.
Wednesday brought another notable offer, and once again, a four-star recruit from the 2021 recruiting class now has the opportunity to play inside Ohio Stadium in the Scarlet and Gray. The Buckeyes are looking to keep momentum on the recruiting trail. They are making a run at being the top Big Ten team on the ‘21 circuit.
The Sunshine State once again
Just about every year, there’s a stable of highly-touted recruits coming out of the Sunshine State. Urban Meyer had success there, building a pipeline that brought the likes of Joey and Nick Bosa to OSU.
With Ryan Day, work is still needed to maintain the relationship. Jumping into the game early is just one way to make inroads, and the Buckeye coaching staff is doing just that.
On Wednesday morning, four-star strong-side defensive end Cade Denhoff (Lakeland, FL / Lakeland Christian School) announced on Twitter that he received the coveted offer from Ohio State, making him the most recent Floridian prospect to receive such an offer .
Extremely grateful and humbled to say I’ve received an offer from The Ohio State Buckeyes!!! #buckeyenation @coachd_dub @joneal39 @OBallcoach @H2_Recruiting @DaRealMarc @CoachTonyAlford @OhioStateFB @Rivals pic.twitter.com/L4JtuTM1eL— Cade Denhoff (@cade_denhoff) September 4, 2019
Already, Denhoff is heralded as one of the top prospects in his class. In the eyes of the 247Sports Composite, he’s the 67th best overall recruit in 2021, the fourth best SDE, and the 11th best overall prospect in the state of Florida.
With those high regards come elite offers. Twenty-four schools have issued offers, according to 247Sports, including Alabama and Clemson. Predictions are still scarce for Denhoff, but both of the 247Sports Crystal balls have pointed to the reigning national champion Tigers as the college landing spot.
This battle will be tricky for Day and company. Not only do they have to battle with elite College Football Playoff schools that are closer to Florida than OSU, but they also have to take the Florida schools head on. Florida and Florida State are two in-state programs interested in Denhoff, so expect those schools to do everything they can to keep him home.
An incoming visit
With the return of college football games inside Ohio Stadium, that means visits will be taking place throughout the remaining six home games.
One name that can be penciled in for the Sept. 21 contest against Miami (OH) is 2021 wide receiver Tyrese Hudson. The Columbus native made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon that he was invited to the game.
Hudson attends Bishop Ready, and could potentially be the next standout member of Zone 6. If Ohio State is inviting him to the game, that means they like something about his game. 247Sports hasn’t issued a composite score, nor have they issued an internal grade and ranking for the WR.
According to MaxPreps, Bishop Ready won their first game of the season on Aug. 30 against Genoa, 24-7. If Hudson can keep making plays that help his team win, expect the recruiting grades to start pouring in sooner rather than later.