The hiatus from last week is over, and thankfully the Buckeyes will be back on the field in just over 48 hours for a top-10 matchup against — who’d have thought — the Indiana Hoosiers.
Having a few extra days to prepare, Ohio State will surely be geared up, ready to go and will probably play with a little bit more of an edge than usual knowing last weekend was taken from them. Nevertheless, it will be great to see Justin Fields and the rest of the roster back in action.
Speaking of having things taken away, that has really become the theme of this year. Yesterday, the NCAA did in fact implement what many had expected when they extended the in-person recruiting dead period through this coming April 15. This is now a full calendar year that recruits have lost the chance to visit schools of their choice and the ability to see the coaching staffs in person.
For the Buckeyes and their efforts in recruiting, nothing is going to change in terms of their tactics. They have navigated through these murky waters more than successfully, and will continue to do the same as they finish the 2021 cycle and continue to build in 2022.
Latest offer to 2022 wide receiver
You could say this about multiple positions at Ohio State, but in this instance there may not be a spot better than wide receiver in terms of the Buckeyes’ recruiting success. Position coach Brian Hartline has truly taken the recruiting of his room to the highest level, and with the combination of landing elite talent and on-field development, you see results — such as what Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson are doing right now for this offense.
A trend that is repeating itself in every cycle, the Buckeyes are landing the nation’s top receivers and using them in ways that is guaranteed to keep the momentum going. When high-profile prep prospects who play receiver are seeing what Ohio State is able to do on Saturday and then look at the NFL to see former Buckeyes doing much of the same on Sunday, the recruiting pitch is pretty easy to make for Hartline and Ryan Day.
On Wednesday, Ohio State dished out their latest offer in the 2022 class to yet another elite receiver. Georgia native Kojo Antwi, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound prospect, was on the receiving end of this offer, as he announced via his Twitter account yesterday that Ohio State has entered his recruitment.
Thankful to receive an offer from THE Ohio state University!! pic.twitter.com/XogmIyueUZ— Kojo Antwi (@Kojo_Antwi2) November 18, 2020
Ranked currently as the No. 23 receiver in the class and the 18th best player in Georgia for his 2022 class, Antwi holds over 25 offers from many of the nation’s top programs. With schools such as Alabama, Georgia, USC, Texas, Oregon, and a host of others already in the fold, it’s not hard to see why the Buckeyes are the latest to throw their hat into the ring.
As they have been for multiple years in a row, the Buckeyes are very much in the running and are perhaps the clear leader for the nation’s top receiver in the 2022 class, Caleb Burton. Though they continue to recruit the position at a pace never seen before, Hartline and Day are clearly content but never satisfied, always looking for more.
Moving forward, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see the Buckeyes become a serious player for Antwi if they are serious about their interest. After all, their recruiting pitch does speak for itself.
Buckeye lineman gets big time rankings boost
Ohio State’s 2021 class is pretty much perfect. Currently sitting as the nation’s second-best class with still a shot to be No. 1 when all is said and done, there really isn’t anything to complain about. Still, with the expectations of the staff as high as they can be, the Buckeyes may have been a little disappointed with how their offensive line recruiting went — mainly at the tackle position.
You know the story if you follow recruiting at all. After missing out on their top target in JC Latham, the Buckeyes really did hit a bit of a wall trying to land an elite guy to fill the void. They were in the running for five-star OT Tristan Leigh for a while, but that ship has more than likely sailed.
Never going empty handed though, Ohio State landed their guy Zen Michalski for the 2021 cycle. While Michalski may have not been the blue chipper Buckeye fans are used to, he still has every ability to play at Ohio State, and in reality is a player that was likely overlooked.
Being from Southern Indiana and not able to be on the camp circuit thanks to the pandemic, Michalski was not a household name, but had a senior season that did everything to give him the rise in stock he deserves.
Yesterday, in the latest 247Sports rankings update, Michalski moved up an incredible 125 spots to now be considered the No. 208 player in the country, as well as the No. 22 OT in the 2021 class. In addition, Michalski was granted his fourth star, and made it clear how happy he was when he took to his Twitter account to announce the news.
It’s safe to say that the film Michalski put together this fall combined with his Ohio State pledge has put him up where he wanted to be, and all that does is give the Buckeyes once again enough talent to not only restock, but reload.