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Ohio State offers nation’s No. 1 defensive end in 2022

The Buckeyes continue to make moves in the 2022 class with two more offers going out on Wednesday

via Enai White on Twitter (@younggbenji0)

The job as an Ohio State recruiter sounds exhausting. Do these people ever sleep? Are they up at all hours of the night texting and Zooming prospects? They can’t possibly let their top targets dream about other schools, after all. All I know is, I’m so grateful for them working tirelessly so that Buckeye fans can enjoy multiple championship runs and bragging rights. Not all heros wear capes. Or maybe they do. I don’t know what they wear at home.

Anyway, before we get into the recruiting updates from Wednesday, which includes offers to two highly touted 2022 prospects, be sure to check out the updated 2021 Composite rankings, to see where all the future Buckeye stars are ranked as of late.

Ohio State offers No. 8 overall prospect in 2022 class

Defensive line coach Larry Johnson liked what he saw in 2022 weak-side defensive end prospect Enai White. The Philadelphia-native announced via Twitter that he had received an offer from Ohio State on Wednesday, with Johnson being the primary recruiter.

White (6-foot-5, 225) is the country’s No. 1 WDE in his class, the best player in Pennsylvania, and the nation’s 8th-best overall prospect, according to 247Sports. He attends Philadelphia’s Imhotep Institute, where he played tight end and defensive end as a sophomore last season to help the Panthers to an 8-5 record and a Pennsylvania 4A second-round playoff appearance.

According to 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn, White also has “outside linebacker potential in 3-4 scheme” and has “early-round NFL draft potential,” which likely explains the 36 offers he already holds from schools that include LSU, Penn State, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, and Michigan.

Ohio State offers No. 2 safety in 2022 class

While he is currently committed to LSU, Bryan Allen Jr., a safety out of Aledo, Texas, announced via Twitter that, after an “amazing talk” with special teams coach Matt Barnes, he has received an offer from Ohio State.

Allen is the No. 2 safety and the No. 52 overall prospect nationally, and the No. 5 prospect in his state for the class of 2022. Allen also holds offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, and others. He committed to LSU on April 9.

Here’s what Gabe Brooks, Midlands Region Recruiting Analyst, had to say about his abilities and potential:

“Owns the requisite build and frame for a Power Five safety prospect. Lean and athletic with space to eclipse 200-pound plateau. Strong production as a sophomore for perennial Texas power and 5A D-II state championship team. Shows impressive anticipatory traits. Diagnoses quickly vs. run or pass. Closes fast downhill and is willing participant vs.the run. Flashes impressive pursuit ability to the perimeter. Solid tackler who takes good angles....Elite safety prospect nationally in the 2022 class. Projects to high-major level with long-term NFL Draft potential.”

Quick Hits:

  • When asked about Ohio State’s chances in landing the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2021 class Emeka Egbuka, Birm of Lettermen Row said:

“Simply put, the longer it takes for Egbuka and his family to get back to campus with the Buckeyes, the worse Ohio State’s odds are to land him — at least as long as that’s a requirement for him to make a decision.”

Considering Egbuka is from Washington, the distance from home is a killer in terms of convincing him to commit without a visit. Especially since schools like Stanford, USC, Washington, and Oregon are all in the mix and will more or less have first dibs on him once he can start visiting.

“Ohio State will need to show that it can best develop him as a person, student and a football player — and then do enough to make his family feel confident of his choice,” Birm explains.

  • Ohio State is still waiting on Hudson Wolfe, the No. 9 tight end in the 2021 class, from Savannah (Tenn.) Hardin County, to pull the trigger on his commitment.

On Tuesday, Wolfe had a Zoom meeting with head coach Ryan Day and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, in which Wolfe told Bucknuts analyst Bill Kurelic they were “building relationships.”

“They went over their concepts on how to use the tight end,” he said. “They laid everything out. It was a PowerPoint type presentation. It was very informative.”

He also told Kurelic that he wants to take more visits before he makes his decision and does not yet have a commitment date in mind. 247Sports Crystal Ball has him choosing between Ohio State (67%) and Ole Miss (33%).

  • The nation's No. 12 OT in 2021, Garrett Dellinger, dropped his final four list on Wednesday night, with Ohio Sate making the cut alongside Penn State, Michigan and LSU. The Tigers are currently the heavy favorite to land the 6-foot-6 Michigan native, with all nine Crystal Balls in favor of LSU.