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Has the ship sailed for Ohio State to land a five-star offensive tackle?

The Buckeyes look to be out of the running for the top offensive tackle prospect left on the board.

Tristan Leigh

In a season that feels nothing short of a roller coaster ride, it looks as if the Buckeyes will be back on the field in just over 24 hours — knock on wood. After last week’s unfortunate cancellation against Illinois, seeing Ohio State back in action against Michigan State is exactly what we all need. Without going into all of the details Buckeye Nation already knows, OSU could use all of the good fortune possible to still make the Big Ten Championship game and beyond, but tomorrow’s game will surely help in that regard.

One thing that has never taken a hiatus for Ohio State is its efforts in recruiting. With news popping up near daily, the Buckeyes are making incredible headway in their 2022 class as they also look to close up their 2021 class with only a few remaining spots. This weekend may have an ultimate affect on the 2021 class, as top targets plan to visit elsewhere. Though the team and staff will be on the road, recruiting never stops whether it’s on or off campus.

Consider this one all but over

On Sunday, five-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh announced he would be committing to the school of his choice this coming Jan. 2. Down really to three schools of consideration between Ohio State, Oklahoma, and LSU, Leigh has long been a prospect that the Buckeyes have been recruiting and doing so with relentless effort. With offensive tackle being a position of serious need, Ohio State would love nothing more than to add the fourth-ranked tackle and the 11th-best player nationally to their already incredible 2021 class.

Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, Ohio State has lost a bunch of their momentum with Leigh. Yesterday seemed to be the final nail in the coffin in regards to their chances at landing the top target when he announced that he would be visiting Oklahoma yet again this coming weekend. Though he will not be able to speak with the Oklahoma staff due to the in-person recruiting restrictions, it is still another trip to Norman that shows where Leigh’s heart and mind are in terms of the leader for his pledge.

It’s been reported basically weekly that Ohio State is still in the race, but when you see multiple trips to Oklahoma coming to fruition, on top of the Buckeyes’ 2021 commits unable to get Leigh up to visit for their Buckeye Bash this past October due to a family issue, it really does seem like this recruitment has sailed away in favor of Oklahoma. With Ohio State being closer to Tristan’s home than Oklahoma, this should be pretty telling.

Sure, in recruiting anything can happen with a month still to go before he announces his final call, but the Sooners really do seem to have all of the positive energy here. Worth noting, another huge Ohio State target — five-star WR Emeka Egbuka — will also be in Norman this weekend for what will likely be the Washington native’s final visit before making his ultimate decision.

Quick Hits

  • Per Bill Kurelic, current Ohio State five-star quarterback commit, Quinn Ewers has already been at work recruiting for the Buckeyes in the 2022 class. One target he has been in communication with is Kiyaunta Goodwin, a four-star offensive tackle who was mentioned in yesterday’s State Secrets. Ewers more than anyone would love Goodwin in the class to help protect the edge for him during his college career, and it looks to already be well in the works.
  • Ohio State’s other commits continue to put in work on the trail as well. It has been no secret that the Buckeyes have been high on four-star RB Dallan Hayden, and the current pledges in the 2022 class are doing their due diligence to help try and sway the Tennessee legacy to Columbus. According to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Ohio State is a major player for Hayden, alongside Notre Dame and obviously the Vols.