The smoke has died down a little bit from what was a whirlwind couple of weeks surrounding Ohio State’s 2022 class, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still a bunch of news and notes to discuss when it comes to the Buckeyes’ efforts on the recruiting trail. With the early signing period for the 2021 class just over two weeks away, expect things to begin to pick up here real soon.
Commits win state championship
On Saturday night, Buckeyes’ QB commit Kyle McCord and WR commit Marvin Harrison Jr. helped lead Philadelphia St. Joseph to a 62-13 victory over Central York to win the PIAA 6A state championship. For Harrison, McCord and the rest of their senior teammates, it was certainly nothing new, as it became the third-straight state title for the group. It was the final prep football game for the Philly duo, as the pair plan to graduate early and enroll at Ohio State in January.
McCord was awesome right from the get-go, as the five-star quarterback prospect completed 21 of his 28 pass attempts for 336 yards and four touchdowns. A connection that we will get to see in the coming years in Columbus, Harrison hauled in a three of these passes for 73 yards and a pair of touchdowns. On the backs of the two future Buckeyes, St. Joseph jumped out to a 38-7 lead by halftime and never looked back.
One of the highest-rated players in Ohio State’s 2021 class, McCord committed all the way back in April of 2019. The nation’s No. 3 QB and the No. 25 player in the cycle overall, McCord will immediately jump into a three-way QB battle next season between himself, Jack Miller, and CJ Stroud — both of whom were highly-regarded prospects in the 2020 class. With Stroud earning a fifth star in 247Sports’ rankings and a commitment from Quinn Ewers in 2022, the Buckeyes have pulled a five-star QB in three-straight classes.
Harrison, on the other hand, will be looking to become the next Brian Hartline disciple. The son of Indianapolis Colts legend and Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison, the four-star pass-catcher is the No. 16 WR in the class and the No. 104 player in the country overall. Like his father, Harrison Jr. possesses an excellent combination of size and speed at 6-foot-4. Committing to Ohio State in August, Harrison is the second-highest rated WR in the Buckeyes’ class behind only Jayden Ballard.
Rivals rankings updated
While the 247Sports Composite is still the gold standard of recruiting rankings, it is always worth checking out where Rivals has guys slotted whenever they update their list. On Tuesday, the new (and improved?) Rivals250 came out, and a bunch of Ohio State’s commits saw their ranking change — mostly in the wrong direction.
The highest-rated Buckeye commit in the new Rivals250 remains defensive end Jack Sawyer, who dropped four spots to No. 12 despite maintaining his position as the No. 1 WDE in the class. The biggest positive movers for Ohio State were the aforementioned Harrison, who jumped up 36 spots to No. 84 overall as the No. 18 WR, and Jordan Hancock, who moved up nine spots to No. 108 overall as the No. 8 CB.
The most puzzling ranking continues to be TreVeyon Henderson, who despite being the No. 1 RB and the No. 22 overall player in the 247Sports Composite, slid down 10 spots to No. 79 overall and the No. 3 RB according to Rivals — even behind fellow OSU RB commit Evan Pryor, who comes in at No. 71 overall and the No. 2 all-purpose back.
As a whole, Ohio State has two five-star players in the Rivals250 in Sawyer and OG Donovan Jackson (No. 13 overall). Rounding out the Buckeyes’ other commitments that made the Top 250 includes McCord (No. 30), Jakailin Johnson (No. 44), Ben Christman (No. 88), Michael Hall (No. 89), Reid Carrico (No. 126), Ballard (No. 141), Denzel Burke (No. 146) and Andre Turrentine (No. 190).
- According to Brandon Huffman of 247Sports, five-star 2021 WR Emeka Egbuka will finally make the trip to Oklahoma this upcoming weekend. The final step before the nation’s No. 1 wide receiver makes his college decision, Egbuka will meet up with Sooners QB commit Caleb Williams, whom he has a good relationship with, to take in the campus on his first ever trip to Norman.
The Buckeyes are still the favorite to land Egbuka, with eight of the 10 Crystal Balls currently favoring Ohio State as a result of the receiver’s relationships with both Brian Hartline and Ryan Day, but this visit marks a big step in the Washington native’s recruitment. Egbuka did not rule out having his decision before the early signing period — which begins Dec. 16 — but wanted to get to Oklahoma’s campus prior to making a commitment.
One way or another, we will now likely hear where Egbuka stands sometime shortly after this weekend. The Sooners are certainly a player in this recruitment, and could sway the elite receiver with a convincing visit, but Egbuka has been to Ohio State multiple times in the past, and the long-lasting relationship could be the deciding factor in him ending up in Columbus.