It’s certainly weird times we are currently living in. Without sports to distract us from the real problems of the world, we are forced to find other ways of keeping occupied during the COVID-19 quarantine. Luckily, at least one seemingly endless flow of some form of positivity has been Ohio State recruiting.
With teams unable to conduct visits, whether that be on campus or at recruits’ homes, offers and commitments, as well as any other updates, could pop up at any time. The Buckeyes have been securing some top recruits left and right, and there should be at least one more big piece joining the fold some time soon. In the meantime, Land-Grant Holy Land is here to keep you caught up with any other goings-on in the recruiting game.
Ohio State sends out two new offers
On Tuesday morning, 2021 wide receiver Christian Leary announced that he had received a scholarship offer from Ohio State. Leary, a four-star recruit, is the No. 31 WR in the 247Sports rankings, and the No. 191 player nationally. Hailing out of Edgewater High School, he is the No. 22 player in the state of Florida. He currently holds a whopping 40 scholarship offers, including the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Penn State and Wisconsin, to name a few.
With both Tony Alford and Brian Hartline both listed as recruiters for Leary’s services, the Buckeyes obviously like what they see in the 5-foot-9, 180-pound pass catcher. Ironically, the two Ohio State assistants are currently ranked No. 1 and No. 2 nationally when it comes to recruiting, with each being credited with four commits. Hartline tops the list, getting credit for five-star QB Kyle McCord and a trio of four-star prospects, while Alford is credited with four-star RB Evan Pryor and three others as well.
It will be interesting to see whether the offer has come too late in the recruiting process for Leary, as the wideout released his top six last week before he had received the Ohio State offer. If Hartline is seriously interested in Leary, he may have to work some magic to turn this one around.
Later in the day on Tuesday, Ohio State sent out a second offer, this time to three-star offensive lineman Jared Wilson. The 6-foot-4, 325-pound blocker is listed as the No. 17 offensive guard in the nation by 247Sports, and is the No. 384 player in the country in the 247Sports Composite. Hailing out of West Forsyth High School, Wilson is the No. 20 prospect from his home state of North Carolina.
Currently holding 14 offers, including some of the SEC big boys in Auburn, Georgia and Florida as well as Clemson and UNC, he is clearly a player that has generated a bunch of interested despite his current ratings. Ohio State’s impressive 2021 recruiting class already has a pair of commits along the offensive line in four-star OG Donovan Jackson and four-star OT Ben Christman, but there is always room for more at a very valuable position.
There are currently four Crystal Ball predictions in for Wilson at this time, with two of them in favor of Georgia and the others undecided. It would appear to be a rather uphill climb for the Buckeyes, as the OG did release his top eight earlier in the week before receiving the OSU offer, of which Ohio State was obviously not included. Only time will tell if the new offer will sway his decision in any way.
- The 247Sports Composite saw a bit of a shuffle this week, and one Ohio State target overtook another Buckeye commit. Jack Sawyer, a five-star defensive end and the highest-rated player in a ridiculous 2021 class for Ryan Day, moved down from No. 2 in the nation to No. 3 in the new rankings. In his place moves J.T. Tuimoloau, a five-star DT and one of the Scarlet and Gray’s biggest targets left on their board.
From Eastside Catholic in Washington, he attends the same high school as did OSU wide receiver Gee Scott Jr. The Buckeyes have picked up some steam for the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle, holding the two most recent Crystal Ball predictions, but could have a tough time reeling him in if they cannot get him back on campus thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.