Unless you were hiding under a rock all weekend long, you probably know by now that Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes football program locked up another class of 2021 verbal commitment when three-star offensive tackle and one-time University of Louisville pledge Zenuae “Zen” Michalski publicly shut down his recruitment once again.
Deciding to call Columbus his soon-to-be college home over the Cardinals, Penn State, and Florida State, the 6-foot-6, 288-pound Indiana native gives Ohio State their 20th commitment of the 2021 cycle.
Committing to the Buckeyes via his Twitter page nearly a week after making a trip to Columbus to get more familiar with Ohio State University campus, Michalski didn’t get to mingle with his now future coaches, but at the end of day saw enough to know it was the right spot for him on and off the gridiron.
“I am going to be going to Ohio State,” the future Buckeye told Rivals.com. “I am a very young offensive lineman and I haven’t been playing the position that long. I want to go somewhere I can develop the best physically and technically. The coaches are amazing there, and I don’t think I’ve met a better group of people in this whole process. That was a big thing for me.”
Currently looked at as the 48th offensive tackle, and 625th overall prospect in the entire senior class per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Michalski might not be pegged as a five-star prospect, but has the potential to one day hear his name called in the NFL Draft. Just now growing into his frame and the position, he’s put on over 60 pounds in the last year, turning him into one of the most sought after linemen in the Midwest this fall.
Using his new physic to help lead his Floyd Central High upfront, Zen is a key reason why the 5-2 Highlanders offense attack averages nearly 400 yards per contest this season.
Always looking for line depth on the recruiting trail, Michalski is the third offensive lineman to give Day and crew their word. He joins fellow big guys Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman in the Buckeyes class of 2021.
With all the excitement surrounding Michalski and what he brings to Ohio State, some of his future coaches and teammates took to their Twitter pages to personally welcome the offensive lineman to Buckeye Nation:
Boom‼️.....we got yall all the way buckeye nation . #GoBuckeyes— Jantzen Dunn (@JantzenDunn) October 3, 2020
- Class of 2022 five-star wide receiver Caleb Burton will announce his top 12 college programs on Tuesday, and the Buckeyes will almost certainly make the cut. Burton, a Del Valle, Texas native, holds a long list of scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, and Oklahoma, among many others. Suffering a knee injury last week that will sideline him for the rest of his junior season, Burton is the No. 1 WR in the 2022 class, and is at the top of Brian Hartline’s target board.