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Ohio State trendy with a pair of five-star recruits

The Buckeyes’ staff has been putting in overtime these past few days

Five-star DT J.T. Tuimoloau
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It has been one heck of a week for Ohio State recruiting — and its only Wednesday. In just the last three days, the Buckeyes have secured commitments from four-star CB Jakailin Johnson, four-star RB Evan Pryor, four-star safety Andre Turrentine and three-star CB Devonta Smith. The next logical question — while, albeit, a selfish one — is whose next?

With such an incredible flurry of success in the recruiting game, it would not be unexpected for there to be a bit of a lull for awhile, especially given everything else going on in the world. However, the buzz surrounding this Ohio State program right now is a palpable one, and the Buckeyes are clearly nowhere near done. We here at Land-Grant Holy Land are here to get you up to speed on all the recent rumblings around Columbus.

Five-star DT receives another OSU Crystal Ball

There is still a ton of time left before the 2021 cycle wraps up. Regardless, Ryan Day and his staff have managed to pick up a whopping 14 commitments thus far — good enough for the best class in the nation with nearly a full 50-point lead over Clemson’s No. 2 class. With the influx of talent in the last few days, Buckeye Nation may start to get antsy if they go a few hours without a commitment, but fear not! More is on the way.

On Tuesday afternoon, 247Sports Ohio State insider Bill Kurelic submitted a Crystal Ball prediction for five-star defensive tackle J.T. Tuimoloau to join the Buckeyes. The D-lineman is the No. 5 overall recruit in the nation, and the No. 1 player out of the state of Washington. He attends Eastside Catholic, the same high school as 2019 WR commit Gee Scott Jr. Ryan Day would be hoping to solidify his new West Coast pipeline in a big way with a commitment from the nation’s No. 1 DT.

Kurelic is not the first to predict Tuimoloau making the move to Columbus. Ohio recruiting analyst Bill Greene also submitted a CB in favor of Ohio State back in February. The only other CB in for Tuimoloau is for the in-state Washington Huskies, however it was submitted back in April of 2019.

The Sammamish native would be the third defensive line prospect to join this illustrious 2021 class, slotting in alongside the nation’s No. 2 recruit in DE Jack Sawyer and the No. 4 player in Ohio in DT Mike Hall. We will have to wait and see if/when Tuimoloau makes his decision official.

Five-star RB trending towards Ohio State

If one five-star recruit having ties to the Buckeyes wasn’t enough for you, how about two? TreVeyon Henderson, the nation’s No. 1 running back in the Top247, has been a topic of discussion lately, and has seen his name associated with the Scarlet and Gray on more than a few occasions. On Monday night, he dropped his top nine schools, and making the cut alongside Ohio State were Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, UNC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

Like many of this week’s Buckeye commits, Henderson has seen a wave of OSU Crystal Ball predictions in the last few days. After 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong submitted his CB for Henderson to Ohio State on Monday, three more CBs predicting the same thing came in on Tuesday, with 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brain Dohn part of that trio. It is a similar situation over at Rivals, where all five FutureCasts for Henderson are for the Buckeyes — and all coming in the last two days.

Ohio State came into this cycle looking to haul in a pair of top-tier running backs. They already have half of that dream scenario with Pryor in the fold, and the addition of Henderson would be the icing on the cake. The Bucks are still apparently high on the list for Michigan four-star RB Donovan Edwards, but are incredibly unlikely to grab all three. With Edwards most recent CB on Tuesday afternoon predicting him to Georgia, maybe Henderson’s commitment to OSU is more set in stone than we think.

Quick Hits

  • Four-star defensive end Tunmise Adeleye teased Buckeye Nation on Twitter the other day, tweeting at both of Ohio State’s current defensive line commits amid of flurry of Buckeye commitments. Adeleye is the No. 3 SDE in the nation, and No. 43 recruit in the nation overall. He is set to announce his commitment on Aug. 1.
  • Four-star athlete and long-time Florida commit Kamar Wilcoxson remains in constant contact with Ohio State. Kurelic spoke with the Buckeye target on Monday, and although Wilcoxson’s unofficial visit had to be cancelled because of COVID-19, he still plans on making his official visit in June. Being recruiting by OSU as a defensive back, Wilcoxson has long been considered a potential flip for the Buckeyes. He is currently listed as the nation’s No. 16 athlete, and the No. 262 prospect in the country in the 247Sports Composite.