Well, it finally happened. On Wednesday, Ohio State went a full day without securing a commitment from a top recruit, which can only mean one thing — Ryan Day has lost a step.
In all seriousness, it has been an awesome week for Buckeye football during a time where not much else in the world is going right. While spring practices have been postponed/cancelled, Day and his staff have been lighting it up in the recruiting game. The Buckeyes currently hold the No. 1 class in 2021 by a wide margin having already earned 14 commitments, and they are showing no signs of slowing down.
Ohio State in good standing with 2022’s best
Wednesday marked the inaugural Top247 rankings for the 2022 class, and Ohio State is familiar with many of the faces near the top of the cycle. While the Buckeyes do not currently have any commits in 2022, as not many schools do, they have thrown offers around to some of the nation’s top recruits.
All the way at the top of the rankings, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers finds himself as the No. 2 prospect in the country, and the No. 1 pro-style QB in the class. The Southlake Carroll product still has a long ways to go in his recruitment, but has already received 20 offers — with Ohio State being one of the very first to throw their hat in the ring. In fact, the Buckeyes were the second team, behind only North Texas, to offer Ewers, and as a result have been one of only two schools to receive an unofficial visit from the nation’s top QB (the other being Texas A&M).
OSU actually already has more than a few offers out to players ranked in the top 100 in these initial rankings, including ILB Shawn Murphy (No. 3), CB Domani Jackson (No. 12), DE Alfredo Aybar (No. 27), DT Travis Shaw (No. 30) and QB Maalik Murphy (No. 44), among others.
In terms of prospects within the state of Ohio, the Buckeyes look to be in fantastic shape. The No. 1 player in the state, OLB Gabe Powers (No. 43 nationally) and the No. 2 player in the state OT Tegra Tshabola (No. 69 nationally — nice) both currently have multiple Crystal Ball picks in favor of Ohio State. C.J. Hicks, a four-star athlete and the No. 3 player in Ohio, also has a pair of Crystal Balls for the Bucks. Ryan Day’s commitment to locking down the top in-state recruits appears to be paying off, as he is the early favorite to land Ohio’s best.
- Ho-hum. Another day, another Crystal Ball pick for Ohio State to land a five-star recruit. We talked yesterday about the nation’s top running back TreVeyon Henderson receiving a flurry of CBs and FutureCasts for the Buckeyes. Well, you can add another one to that growing list, as on Wednesday 247Sports’ Ohio State insider Bill Kurelic submitted his CB for Henderson to Columbus as well. That now makes five CBs in total for the No. 1 RB and No. 11 player in the Top247 to end up in Scarlet and Gray.
- Ohio State wide receiver Gee Scott’s father posted a photo on Twitter of his son getting some work in on the practice field. Also pictured alongside Scott Jr.? Five-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka. The nation’s No. 1 WR, like Scott Jr., hails out of Washington, and is one of the biggest offensive targets left on the board for the Buckeyes. Can the combination of Scott Jr. and position coach Brian Hartline lure him to Columbus? Only time will tell, but I like the odds.