Even in the face of a global pandemic, Ryan Day and his staff have put together the nation’s No. 2 recruiting class, and still have their eyes set on that No. 1 spot. Buckeye Nation has had very little reason to worry about the program’s recruiting efforts, although it has seemed like things have quieted down in the last few months. Ohio State got a lot of the heavy lifting done early, but are still a few key pieces a way from a complete class.
Today, they were able to haul in one of those key pieces, as three-star offensive tackle Zen Michalski announced his commitment to Ohio State.
Michalski is an intriguing prospect, and one that rapidly shot up the Buckeyes’ target board in the past few weeks. After receiving an official offer from Ohio State on Sept. 8, it seemed as though momentum had been building between the two parties almost daily. That became even more apparent when Michalski decommitted from Louisville on Sept. 28, signaling to many who follow OSU recruiting that he was likely headed to Columbus.
Despite being just a three-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite, Michalski is a four-star recruit in 247Sports’ own rankings, coming in as the No. 33 OT in the country and No. 3 player in Indiana. His recruitment really seemed to pick up steam once Ohio State got involved, with Florida State and Penn State both throwing their hat in the ring with offers shortly thereafter. With his play at Floyd Central clearly turning some heads, it would not be a surprise to see him achieve four-star status in the Composite Rankings before this cycle is complete.
Here is what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu had to say of Michalski:
Tall with above-average arm length. Has filled in a lot and bulked up into a Power Five prospect after looking very thin and lean initially. A very good athlete who has quickness and coordination. Has good change of direction and bend. Fires out of his stance quickly and with good pad level. Has all the tools to be a great pass blocker, but needs reps against top-level competition and technical polishing there. Added 35 pounds after his junior season so we still need to see how he plays with the added weight and strength. Trajectory is headed upwards. Works very hard. Should develop into a starting left tackle and has the upside to potentially project as an NFL prospect.
Michalski is the 20th commit in Ohio State’s loaded 2021 class. He becomes the third offensive lineman to join the group, alongside five-star guard Donovan Jackson and four-star guard Ben Christman, but is the first offensive tackle of the bunch. If the 6-foot-6.5, 288-pound blocker does eventually achieve four-star status, he would become the 13th four-star recruit in the class. For now, he is the fourth three-star prospect.
With the commitment from Michalski, the Buckeyes are a mere .08 points behind Alabama for that No. 1 recruiting class. There is still a ways to go in this cycle, and with both schools still chasing a number of five-star commits, this race will likely go on until pen meets paper at the very end.