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Standout 2022 prospects list Ohio State among leaders

Add two more prospects to the long list of 2022 recruits the Buckeyes have a shot at bringing to Columbus.

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While out spending time with family and friends over the weekend you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting new surround your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught back up with things.

Buckeyes make the cut

Ryan Day, and the Buckeyes pulled out a 22-point victory over the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers on Saturday night, but it isn’t the only time Ohio State found their name in the headlines this weekend. Already putting together a rock solid group of junior commitments, two more class of 2022 prospects announced that their still considering bringing their talents to Columbus and suit up in the Scarlet and Gray.

To kick things off, four-star class of 2022 outside linebacker Jalon Walker took to his Twitter page to share his freshly trimmed top six to the world. Cutting his list down from nearly 30 total scholarship offers, the Salisbury, North Carolina native will end up at either Ohio State, North Carolina, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, or Clemson when it’s all said and done.

Standing 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Walker, who will play his junior season starting in March due to COVID-19, blew up on the scene after putting together a more than solid sophomore campaign at Salisbury high. Talented enough to play linebacker or defensive end at the next level, he finished 2019 off with over 120 total tackles for the Hornets. Walker is the No. 2 OLB in the nation, and the No. 41 player in the 2022 class overall.

Walker wasn’t the only junior to name OSU among his current leaders. Just a few hours after Jalon announced his top six, fellow four-star rated junior Cristian Driver listed the Buckeyes in his top 12 college programs. Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Penn State, Michigan, Texas, Nebraska, Oregon, LSU, Wisconsin and Oklahoma round out the cut for the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder.

The son of former NFL wide receiver Donald Driver, Cristian will try to follow in his fathers footsteps to the league at another spot — safety. The 29th overall prospect from the Longhorn state, Driver is also considered the No. 2 safety, and No. 202 overall player in the class of 2022, according the 247Sports Composite.

Quick Hits

  • In basketball recruiting news, Ohio State 2021 point guard commit Meechie Johnson plans to reclassify to the 2020 class and suit up for the Buckeyes this season. Ranked as the No. 14 PG and No. 76 player overall in his original class, Johnson will provide some much-needed depth to the backcourt. He plans to enroll at OSU for the start of the winter semester in January, but can start playing for Chris Holtmann as soon as the end of fall semester according to NCAA rules.