With spring ball underway, it’s just good to have football back and seeing the Buckeyes take the field in any capacity. In addition to getting the team ready both mentally and physically, spring football allows the coaching staff to bring in many of their top targets in the new few recruiting classes. With several visits coming up and more to be scheduled soon, this is a critical time in the off-season for Ohio State’s present and future.
Locking down the Pacific Northwest?
Not always the most fertile recruiting area in years past, the Pacific Northwest — specifically Washington — is quickly becoming a major talent base. Last year, the Buckeyes were able to land Gee Scott Jr., the nation’s 10th best receiver, who is already on campus as a 2020 early enrollee for Ohio State. A rarity for the Bucks, Scott and his Washington residence is pretty new feat for the program, as not many prospects come to Columbus from that region. Now with a talent as impressive as Scott’s, the first domino has fallen, and Ryan Day hopes it causes a chain reaction.
Looking to the current cycle, Washington has another elite receiver talent, and the Buckeyes are going to try and use their momentum from 2020 to secure the Pacific Northwest native. Five-star prospect Emeka Egbuka (Steilacoom, Washington/Steilacoom) is currently regarded as the best receiver prospect in the country for his class, and the second-best player in the state for 2021.
With Brian Hartline taking the lead in this recruitment, it’s easy to see why Ohio State would be a strong consideration for Egbuka. After the haul he just brought into Columbus, everyone is taking notice and top prospects all over the country want to be a part of what he is doing in terms of development.
The good news for Ohio State is they are not only a strong consideration for Egbuka, but according to 247Sports analyst Scott Eklund who covers the Washington Huskies, “The Buckeyes are holding a strong a lead right now for the five-star.”
Egbuka is not the only top prospect from the region the Buckeyes are in on, as they are also heavily involved with defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau. Hailing out of Eastside Catholic, the very same high school as the aforementioned Scott, Tuimoloau is the No. 1 DT in the 247Sports Composite, and the No. 5 player in the nation. Time will tell if Scott’s commitment will open the floodgates for Ohio State as they continue to chase these two very talented players.
Buckeyes offer nation’s top tight end
In addition to hosting visits this spring, the Buckeyes are also busy on the trail offering top targets. Yesterday, Ohio State offered Iowa native Thomas Fidone who is currently the top-ranked player at his position for the 2021 class. In addition to being the best tight end, the 6-foot-5, 220 pound Fidone is also a top 100 prospect overall and the top player in Iowa.
Position coach Kevin Wilson and the Buckeyes already have a commitment at the spot with Sam Hart in the fold, but the staff is likely looking to take two tight ends in the class.
Fidone currently holds over 30 scholarships from all of the top programs in the country, but with his Midwest residence, an Ohio State offer should at least grab his attention. Big Ten foe Nebraska is currently thought to be the leader for Fidone, but again, a new offer from the Buckeyes could have him branching out in consideration.
A huge selling point for Ohio State using their current roster talent is getting them more involved in the passing game. The Bucks was able to get the top-ranked tight end in Jeremy Ruckert in the class of 2018, and a big year from he and Luke Farrell could really have Fidone that much more interested in what the Buckeyes have to offer.
- Four-star 2021 Kentucky native receiver prospect Dekel Crowdus released his top 10 schools list yesterday. Making the cut included Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Ohio State. Crowdus is the No. 43 wide receiver in the nation.
- 2022 Texas DB Randy Masters arrives in Columbus on Friday to start his unofficial visit with the Buckeyes. Masters will surely be one of, if not the top corner in the class before all is said and done. He current holds offers from nine schools, including Florida, LSU and Tennessee.
- The top QB in Ohio for the 2022 class, Chase Harrison, will be in Columbus for a visit with Ohio State on Friday as well. The 6-foot-2, 191-pound pro-style quarterback out of Dayton currently only holds three offers, but look for his recruiting to heat up as he becomes a national name.