The state of college football is full of uncertainties right now — some of the most uncertain times in recent memory. On top of the uncertainty for the upcoming season, with the COVID-19 pandemic shutting nearly everything down in the country and social distancing keeping us away from friends and family, it is absolutely a wonder how Ryan Day and Ohio State have been able to sustain elite successes in the recruiting world.
The Buckeyes have not only earned spots in the nation’s premiere recruits top schools lists, but they have earned verbal commitments from them as well. This success has catapulted the Buckeyes to the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. However, the accolades and praise do not stop there. Not only is Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class atop of the country, it is on track to be historically good. Combine that with the unprecedented circumstances surrounding this year’s class and Ryan Day looks more like a wizard than he does a head football coach.
Again, this weekend Day and the Ohio State coaching staff showed how and why they are as among the college football elites when it comes to recruiting. The program not only made the cut for one of the country’s top defensive tackles, but they also dished out an offer the the No. 1 recruit in the 2022 class.
But the early work did not stop there, as we learned late Sunday evening another of the nation’s top 2022 recruits earned an official scholarship offer to play for Ohio State.
Blessed to announce that I have received an offer from THE Ohio State University! ⚪️@CoreyDennis_ @CoachJoe_Ndvill @HawthorneCoach @CoachShelton10 @Duncanville_Fb #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/sl3SHwgvR9— Jaylen Early (@EarlyJaylen) April 5, 2020
Jaylen Early (Duncanville, TX/Duncanville) is one of the quicker-rising recruits in the 2022 recruiting class. The four-star offensive tackle already holds nine offers from the likes of Arizona State, Colorado, Houston, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and now Ohio State, among others, despite just two seasons of high school football under his belt.
While high school sophomores do not yet have composite ratings on 247Sports, the team over there has him listed as the No. 20 OT and the No. 224 overall prospect in their own rankings.
Coach Day and the Buckeyes’ coaching staff have proven time and time again how crucial it is to start building a relationship with recruits early in the recruiting process. Early is just another example of the Buckeyes getting in on the game... early (sorry I had to make this pun at some point, be glad I saved it until the end).
- The Basketball Buckeyes earned a BOOM of their own Monday. Former Bucknell guard Jimmy Sotos committed to the program over the likes of Butler, Gonzaga, Minnesota, Missouri, Vanerbilt and Xavier. Sotos becomes the second player to join the Buckeyes via the transfer portal following former Harvard star Seth Towns.
- Four-star cornerback Latrell McCutchin dropped his top 10 schools list on Twitter on Monday, and Ohio State made the cut. Hailing out of Austin, TX, the nation’s No. 10 CB and No. 98 overall player listed the Buckeyes alongside Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC and Virginia Tech. All signs point to McCutching leaning toward the Sooners, but maybe Kerry Coombs can sway Texas’ top DB to Columbus.