On Wednesday, the NCAA extended the recruiting dead period, and while that is a crushing blow to the big plans the Buckeyes had for on-campus visits in June, it’s certainly not the end all be all for Ohio State’s staff and recruiting plans.
If we’ve learned anything about the Bucks during this pandemic, it’s that recruiting is still the forefront of the program, and all efforts are being met in new ways. It’s business as usual for Mark Pantoni and his crew, which is why there has been continued success in both the current 2021 and future 2022 classes.
New offers are still going out almost daily, and the staff is still communicating with their top guys both committed and un-committed. As Ohio State gets closer to winning the crown for the top class in 2021 with each passing day, there’s still work to be done in closing the deal with the few spots still remaining. Even with this recruiting dead period being extended, it’s going to be a surprise to no one if the Buckeyes continue to see their hard work paying off.
2022 LB earns Buckeye offer
The Buckeyes staff was on the trail yet again yesterday, dishing out another new offer in the class of 2022. On the receiving end: Salisbury, North Carolina prospect Jalon Walker, an outside linebacker who is recently really seeing his recruitment starting to take off. A 6-foot-1, 205 pound elite talent, Walker is currently only a high school sophomore, but already checks in as the 15th best player at his position for the class and the No. 7 player in his home state.
The No. 176 player in the country overall, Walker is a four-star prospect according to the 247Sports rankings, and could see his stock rise with how fast top programs are taking notice. Still two full seasons of prep ball in front of him, Walker will likely be ranked much higher by the time his commitment is made, when all is said and done.
In the last week alone, Walker has received offers from Auburn, Louisville, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, and now Ohio State. Already having nearly 20 offers to his name, Walker is certainly on the come up, and other suitors are definitely going to come calling as well.
With his speed and athleticism, Walker is perfect for his position. Being a threat in both the run game and also in pass-coverage, he really can do it all. The good news for Ohio State, they are definitely not late to the party and will have plenty of time to court him and be a serious threat for his services moving forward. It’s far too early to name a leader in this recruitment, but Ohio State has done very well with pulling top targets out of North Carolina before, and position coach Al Washington will certainly try to do it again in the 2022 class.
To see what type of caliber player Walker is, take a glimpse of his skills below.
- The nation’s top receiver prospect, Emeka Egbuka, announced late last night that on Friday he will announce his list narrowing his choices down to a final four schools. Ohio State has been the clear leader for some time now, so the Buckeyes will certainly make the list. Our prediction is that Oklahoma, Clemson, and Washington will round out the other three.