Ryan Day is at it again.
After hauling in a quartet of top-tier recruits in a three-day span early last week, we went almost a full two weeks without another Ohio State commitment, leading many to question if the Buckeyes coaching staff has lost a step (sarcasm). Well, fear not, doubters! The Scarlet and Gray have once again reeled in a big fish — a really, really big fish.
On Friday night, five-star running back TreVeyon Henderson announced via Twitter that he will be committing to Ohio State. One of the biggest BOOOOOMs in an already ridiculous cycle, Henderson becomes the first five-star RB to commit to the Buckeyes since Beanie Wells in 2006.
Thank you God.. #COMMITTED pic.twitter.com/OU8WhMbRnU— TreVeyon Henderson (@TreveyonH15) March 27, 2020
Henderson, the No. 1 RB in the country according to 247Sports’ own rankings and No. 11 player in the nation overall, hails out of Hopewell, VA. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound back joins four-star RB Evan Pryor in Ohio State’s absolutely loaded 2021 class. The Buckeyes came into this cycle stating the need to pick up two, high-quality running backs to restock their room, and Tony Alford and the gang could not have done much better in filling that need.
The 2019 Gatorade Virginia Player of the Year had been linked to OSU for quite some time now, really picking up steam in the later part of last week. Something was clearly in the air early this week, however, as the Crystal Ball predictions began rolling in by the bunches for Henderson to Ohio State. Like J.K. Dobbins before him, Henderson committed to Ohio State without a single recruiting visit — official or otherwise.
247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn had this to say about the five-star prospect:
Has frame to be every down running back and will continue to add size. Elite athleticism. Quick feet, loose hips allow for impressive change of direction. Accelerates well and has top end speed. Is incredibly productive. Combines vision and patience. Gets through hole quickly. Elusive in space. Tough to arm tackle. Can run between tackles or outside. Knows how to set up blocks. Sees plays developing down the field. Effective pass catcher. Continuing to add mass to frame is important. Will contribute immediately at Top 10 program. First round NFL draft potential.
Still not convinced? Not sure how that’s possible, but regardless, check out his ridiculous highlight tape from his junior season at Hopewell High School: