We’re now only a day away from the highly anticipated rematch of Ohio State versus Clemson. With all of the headlines and trash talk, this game is setting up to be even more than imagined. After how last year ended, it was only fitting that these two prolific programs would see each other again, and while everyone is counting the Buckeyes out and not giving them much of a chance against the Tigers, Ryan Day and his crew are using it as momentum to spark a fire in hopes Ohio State will play it’s best game of the year.
In regards to recruiting, these two teams see each other numerous times a year off the field. With so many highly touted prospects considering both Clemson and Ohio State, the game tomorrow is not the only time the two foes want to win. Having the ability to recruit like both programs do is a huge reason why once again each team is back in the College Football Playoff. When you look at the recruiting rankings and the final four teams in the CFP, the correlation is telling. Playing in these game is simply due to having great players, and fortunately for Ohio State, they have that now and when looking to the future.
Buckeyes make top 8 for 2022 WR
When it comes to recruiting nationally, Ohio State is right there at the top of the leaderboard. Each cycle they are going into every region of the country and coming away with success, as the Buckeyes’ recruiting train has a full head of steam. Regardless of position, when top national recruits trim their offer lists down to the few still in the running for their commitment, Ohio State more times than not finds itself in the thick of things. A testament to their on-field success and how well they manage relationships, there really hasn’t been a better time than the present regarding Ohio State’s recruiting efforts.
Yesterday, Ohio State once again found themselves in the mix, this time for 2022 Georgia receiver prospect Kojo Antwi — the No. 19 wide receiver in the class and the No. 162 player overall nationally per the 247Sports Composite rankings. Another highly regarded receiver, it just further cements the incredible job both Brian Hartline and Ryan Day are doing in the pass game as well as recruiting the guys to continue it’s success. Down to eight schools after being offered by 30 of the nation’s best programs, it’s quite an honor for the Buckeyes to still be in it.
Making the cut alongside Ohio State includes Alabama, USC, Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, South Carolina, and Oregon.
Top 8. No order pic.twitter.com/vcMUBdfe8g— Kojo Antwi (@Kojo_Antwi2) December 30, 2020
An interesting factor here will be to see if Ohio State even has the room to take Antwi in their 2022 class. Of course they are very much interested, but seeing their 2021 haul and already having Caleb Burton in the fold, as well as being on the brink of possibly landing another receiver or two in 2022, it does give you a slight pause to think if the Buckeyes can in fact take yet another wideout.
It shows how ridiculous the Buckeyes are recruiting at the position if they had to turn down what would be a gem in any other recruiting class, but that’s where they’re at right now. Then again, if Ohio State wants Antwi enough and he feels the same, of course room would be made. Until then, the Buckeyes are at least still in it.
The countdown is almost up
Whether New Years Day goes as planned or not for Ohio State, the Buckeyes are hoping that the day after will also bring great news or at least cheer them up a bit in the form of a new verbal pledge. Florida native five-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary makes his college commitment on Jan. 2nd, and all signs right now are pointing towards the Buckeyes landing yet another elite talent to their loaded 2022 class.
The fifth-ranked corner in the class would give Ohio State what looks to be the next in line to continue the BIA theme in the defensive secondary, and stealing him away from SEC country would make it that much sweeter.
3 more days the wait is over I’m so fired up !!!— Jaheim Singletary (@Jaheim2_) December 30, 2020
Singletary was long thought to be a Florida lean, but out of nowhere Ohio State came in and gained all momentum for the Jacksonville native. Taking to Twitter yesterday to share his excitement towards his approaching decision, it’s the feelings from people in the know and the Crystal Ball status that should give any Ohio State fan tons of confidence that they will add their second top-10 player in the 2022 class and give them an incredible eight players already in the Top 247 player rankings.
- Continuing on in this notion, it looks as if a commitment for four-star receiver prospect Kyion Grayes could be coming very soon. Hinting he could be one of the next in line to commit to the Buckeyes, the waiting doesn’t look as if it will be too much longer, as Grayes has told analysts such as Bill Kurelic that he will be announcing and “won’t wait long” to do so.
- The best creative team in America continues to pump out graphics to many of Ohio State’s top targets and yesterday, four-star running back Dallan Hayden took to his Twitter to show off the latest Buckeye love he had received. Hayden currently ranks as the 25th-best running back in the class and is thought to be a Tennessee lean, but Ohio State is definitely in the mix here.
Love from Ohio State . Happy Birthday @KingJames . pic.twitter.com/YY6jIJI2Nz— Dallan Hayden1️⃣ (@DCH__2) December 30, 2020