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Top recruits put Ohio State on short lists

The Buckeyes’ recruiting efforts are paying off, making the cut for some of the nation’s top talents in both basketball and football.

2022 five-star DE Enai White
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The Ohio State football team had a very productive weekend. The Buckeyes won on the field Saturday night versus Rutgers, moving to 3-0 on the year. Additionally, the team won off the field, making the short list for multiple of the nation’s top recruits.

The streak continued Monday, as another of the nation’s highly regarded prospects listed Ohio State among his top schools. 2022 five-star defensive end Enai White (Philadelphia, PA/Imhotep Institute) included the Buckeyes in his top 13 schools.

Alongside Ohio State, White included Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Tennessee, USC, Ole Miss, Penn State, Miami, Oklahoma, Texas, Florida and Oregon in his list of schools moving forward.

While White was able to whittle his list of suitors to 13 schools, there are no further insights into his recruitment at this time. He will likely wait to visit some of the above mentioned schools before cutting things down further.

Ohio State’s 2022 class is already off to a historic start. The class currently sits atop the 247Sports Class Rankings with seven verbal commitments. However, the Buckeyes do not yet hold a commitment from a defensive linemen.

White is the No. 2 weakside DE in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 25 overall prospect in the class.

Basketball Buckeyes make the cut for four-star SG

Ohio State isn’t just winning over recruits on the gridiron. The Buckeyes also made the cut for one of the nation’s top prospects on the hardwood.

2022 four-star shooting guard Roddy Gayle Jr. (Youngstown, NY/Lewiston Port Senior) announced his top six schools Monday and included the Buckeyes.

Alongside Ohio State, Gayle Jr. also included UConn, Pitt, Marquette, Syracuse and Georgetown in his list of top schools. Not only did Gayle Jr. announce his final schools, he also announced his planned commitment date of Nov. 13.

Upon first glance, Ohio State would seem like the school with the hardest route to a commitment. The five other schools in contention are all basketball powerhouses with prolific histories. However, Holtmann has proven to be one of the nation’s top recruiters, and the hard work may soon payoff as the Buckeyes are the runaway favorite in this race.

While the 247Sports Crystal Balls are nowhere near an exact science, they are able to provide a strong glimpse into what the recruit is thinking based off of conversations with the experts. With this, Ohio State holds 100 percent of the predictions (five in total) with a confidence score of 7/10.

This will definitely be one to follow for Buckeye Nation, as Gayle Jr. could become the second member of Ohio State’s 2022 basketball class, joining three-star SG Bowen Hardman. Gayle Jr. is the No. 7 SG in the cycle, and the No. 76 player in the country overall.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State 2022 OLB commit Gabe Powers was named the Defensive Player of the Year in the Ohio Capital Conference. The five-star Marysville native is the highest rated player in the Buckeyes’ class, coming in as the No. 1 OLB in the nation and the No. 33 player overall.
  • Ohio State 2021 four-star WR commit Marvin Harrison Jr. is now the all-time Catholic League leader in career receiving yards with 2,467 yards, passing Houston Texans WR Will Fuller. Harrison spoke with Bill Kurelic of BuckNuts on breaking the record.
  • Five-star 2022 OT Zach Rice will be announcing his top eight schools this Saturday, the prospect announced via Twitter. Rice, who was one of the guys involved in the Ohio State social media buzz a short while back, is the No. 2 OT in the class and the No. 29 player in the country overall. Expect the Buckeyes to make the cut.