It’s getting to be a bit redundant to say that Ohio State is excelling on the recruiting trail, but when you consider the trying times everyone is in and the in-person recruiting limitations college football staffs are dealing with, you would think this type of success Ohio State is having would be nearly impossible. However, here we are with the Buckeyes now at 16 commitments thanks to another top-50 pledge this week.
What Ryan Day and his staff are doing is almost unheard of, but in a week from now when the first round of the NFL Draft takes place and multiple Buckeyes hear their names being called, the success in their recruiting tactics will prove themselves once again. Elite prospects want to reach the top level, and seeing Ohio State churn out top pick after top pick every year, it’s not a surprise to see the Buckeyes having some of the best recruiting classes each cycle. This year may set the bar even higher, if that’s even possible.
Buckeyes offer 2022 Texas DB
The last time Ohio State landed an elite defensive back from Texas it worked out pretty well for both player and program. Jeff Okudah was the top overall corner back in the 2017 class, and after three years of development at Ohio State, he now projects as a lock to be a top-five first round NFL Draft pick next week. Okudah is just the next Buckeye defensive back in line to see his financial future indefinitely secured.
Going out and finding the next great defensive back in each recruiting class is Ohio State’s job to ensure that this success rate continues. Fortunately, the Buckeyes’ track record will make that feat relatively simple.
Yesterday, the OSU staff continued their endless activity on the recruiting trail by dishing out an offer to a class of 2022 Texas native. Denver Harris (Houston, Texas/North Shore) is the latest to receive a Buckeye offer, as he announced publicly via his Twitter account yesterday. The 6-foot-1, 180 defensive back may only be a high school sophomore, but with a loaded list of 30 scholarship offers, he’s certainly already on nearly everyone’s radar.
With schools such as Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, USC, and a host of others already in the fold, it’s pretty obvious Harris is going to be one of the more highly touted corner backs in the 2022 class.
#AGTG YESSIRSKIII!!! Beyond blessed to EARN an offer from The Ohio State University @CoachMattBarnes #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/IL18hHArCQ— Denver Harris (@DenvoBandz) April 16, 2020
Currently, Harris checks in as the fifth best corner in 2022 according to 247Sports, and is also ranked the No. 3 player in Texas and the 26th best player overall in the country for his class. An impressive list of accolades to say the least, it will be exciting to see where Harris ends up in both his physical and on field growth with still two full seasons of prep football to play.
The Buckeyes have everything going for them when it comes to a sales pitch to defensive backs, as previously mentioned, but if Harris wants to see what Ohio State can do for him specifically, he can just look to Okudah’s career and see the possibilities. Texas prospects tend to do well when they choose to come north and don the Scarlet and Gray, and the Buckeyes will be doing their best to use the same pitch now for Harris. Odds are Ohio State will be a strong consideration as Harris’ recruitment process continues.