It’s kind of hard to believe, but signing day for the 2021 class is right around the corner. Many of Ohio State’s commits in the current class plan on signing early, with the Early Signing Period beginning on Dec. 16. National Signing Day is not too far along after, with that period opening up on Feb. 3. All of this is to say: things are coming to a close.
However, while the majority of Ryan Day's group is well in hand, there are a few pieces still outstanding — and they are rather large pieces at that. One of them is a top-10 player in the country and the top guy at his position.
We’ve spoke ad nauseam about five-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. The Washington native has long been pegged as an Ohio State lean, and despite keeping his recruitment under wraps throughout the process, we learned a little more about where things stand this week.
Speaking to 247Sports National Recruiting Editor Brandon Huffman, Egbuka says he has narrowed his top four list down to just three programs.
“It’s more like a top three,” said Egbuka. “Ohio State, Oklahoma and Washington. I haven’t talked to Clemson in a long time, so it’s really just those three schools,”
With the Tigers now off the list, the nation’s No. 1 WR is now basically just waiting to visit Oklahoma’s campus before making a final decision. Egbuka has been to Columbus twice in the past on unofficial visits, and has made numerous trips to see the Huskies as they are the local program. However, since the NCAA has extended the recruiting dead period to April 15, Egbuka will have to make the trek to Norman on his own dime.
“I kind of figured that I’d have to visit Oklahoma by my own means, since it’s the only place I haven’t been,” said Egbuka. “I figured I’d go with my dad or go with my mom and check out Norman and see what it’s about. So that hasn’t changed that aspect. My dad and I have some airline points to redeem since we had to cancel before so I’ll probably do that at some point.”
Egbuka has a good relationship with Oklahoma QB commit Caleb Williams, and doesn’t want to make his decision without at least checking in with the Sooners. The talented wideout has connections at each of his top three choices, also being in close contact with Washington QB commit Sam Huard and talking constantly with Ohio State WR Gee Scott Jr. — who is also from WA.
Ohio State has not relented in their pursuit of Egbuka even as he continues to weigh his options. In regards to Brian Hartline, Egbuka says the two speak on the phone nearly every day, and he hears from Ryan Day at least once a week.
“I talk mostly with coach (Brian) Hartline and coach (Keenan) Bailey and I also talk to coach (Ryan) Day,” said Egbuka. “I talk to a lot of the players too- I talk with Gee Scott, he’ll coach me up on some things and send me clips. I talk with Julian (Fleming), Jaxon Smith-Ngijba, Chris (Olave), Garrett (Wilson) and Justin (Fields) too. It’s pretty cool to get on the phone with him and talk with him. I also talk with CJ Stroud.”
Even without a concrete decision in mind, Egbuka says there is still a chance he decides to sign and enroll early if high school football in Washington isn’t played.
“I kind of have a timeline in my head, but nothing official,” said Egbuka. “A lot of it is based on my high school, how many games we’ll play, when we play, if we play at all. If we don’t end up playing, then I’ll look to enroll early. My plan right now is that I will sign in December, but I guess it’s possible I could wait till February
There are currently 10 Crystal Ball predictions in for Egbuka, with eight of them in favor of Ohio State. There is one pick in for Oklahoma, and the lone remaining pick is undecided.
- In yesterday’s State Secrets, we spoke about how an offer could come soon following a virtual visit with four-star center Donovan Clingan. Well, that is exactly what happened, as the nation’s No. 6 center and the No. 44 player overall in the 2022 class took to Twitter to announce his official offer from Ohio State on Monday night.