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The Buckeyes football and basketball programs are both still in the mix for some highly sought after recruits.

College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl - Clemson v Ohio State Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

While outside enjoying the warmer spring weather over the weekend you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting news surrounding the Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught back up with things involving the football and basketball teams.

West Coast duo names final four

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and the rest of the Buckeyes coaching staff have put together a star studded class of 2021 so far, but they aren’t finished trying to add huge pieces to the puzzle.

In what’s becoming a near daily occurrence, the Buckeyes once again find their name listed among the current leaders for two more highly sought after high school prospects. Kicking the weekend off on a high note, Steilacoom (WA) five-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka released his final four of Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma, and his home-state Huskies of Washington on Friday evening.

Looked by some as a lean to follow in the footsteps of fellow Washington native Gee Scott and suit up in the Scarlet and Gray, Egbuka, the top wide out and No. 8 overall prospect in the class of 2021 per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, has been a force on both sides of the ball during his high school career. In his three years, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder has accounted for over 3,900 yards receiving and 61 touchdowns, while also compiling 74 total tackles and 17 interceptions on defense.

An athlete who shows potential to end up being a high-round pick in the NFL Draft, recruiting reporter Brandon Huffman had the following to say on what Egbuka could add to a major college program:

“Elite body control to go with optimal size and strength, with good top end speed and separation. Physical receiver, difficult to press but also take advantage of any cushions given. Can adjust to each and every throw, take short passes the distance while also getting behind the secondary on deep routes. Strong hands, wide catch radius, will bring anything in range down. Consistently draws double coverage and bracket coverage and routinely gets open. Able to get consistent YAC. Also skilled punt and kick returner. Can play safety, with tremendous range and ball skills. Projects as immediate Power 5 starter and future first-round NFL draft pick.”

Also taking to his Twitter page over the weekend to let college football fans where he could potentially call his college stomping ground was four-star 2021 Mater Dei (CA) cornerback Jaylin Davies.

Trimming his leaders list to four from over 20 total offers, Davies is looking hard at continuing his education and football playing days at either OSU, Arizona State, Oregon, or USC.

The 10th-best corner in the class of 2021 and a top-100 prospect overall, recruiting reporter Greg Biggins broke down Davies play as the following:

“A natural cover corner with good length and is still growing into his body. Long arms, strong in press coverage with the short-area quickness needed to break on the ball. Good not great long speed and, can improve as an athlete but has plenty of time to do so before he hits college. Plays with toughness and is a physical corner who will come up in run support and is an excellent tackler. Is a highly competitive player who likes the challenge of taking on another team’s best receiver. Shows good ball skills, is strong in jump-ball situations and has the size and strength to battle with bigger receivers. Projects as a impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future mid-round NFL draft pick.”

Quick Hits:

  • Chris Holtmann and the OSU basketball squad made the cut for another top notch class of 2021 recruit on Saturday. Dropping his top 10, the Buckeyes are now up against the likes of Baylor, Minnesota, Kansas, Illinois, Maryland, Marquette, Arkansas, Arizona, and Virginia for five-star Sunrise Christian (KS) small forward Kendall Brown.

Brown is the nation’s No. 5 SF, and the No. 16 prospect overall in this current cycle.

  • In addition to making a handful of short lists, Ohio State is clearly on the mind of Tony Grimes — the nation’s No. 1 CB and No. 7 overall prospect in 2021. Set to drop his top three on May 31, the Buckeyes should certainly factor heavily in his recruitment moving forward.