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Ohio State offers yet another top defensive end in 2022

The Buckeyes are heavily recruiting the Lone Star State

Four-star WDE Ernest Cooper IV
Collin Kennedy, 247Sports

It was a bit of a long and confusing day in the Ohio State recruiting world on Tuesday, as it seemed as though a new commit was on the horizon for Ryan Day and the gang — at least if you judged it off tweets by current Buckeye commits...

The tweets of #BIA alluded to potentially a new defensive back commit, but Adeleye’s tweet instead made it seem as though a new defensive lineman was getting ready to join the fold. While we are still waiting to find out just what to be “ready” for as of the time this article was written, let’s get into the recruiting news that we know for sure on this fine Wednesday morning.

Dipping into Texas once again

While the 2021 class continues to fill out, Day and his staff have been working diligently in a virtual world as they look to find the best talent the 2022 class has to offer. On Tuesday, they added another name to their target board when the staff sent out its latest scholarship offer to defensive end Ernest “RJ” Cooper.

Cooper, a four-star WDE out of Arlington, TX, is the latest sophomore to get a look from the Buckeyes. A top-100 player overall (No. 76), the 6-foot-4, 215-pound defensive lineman is currently ranked as the No. 6 WDE in the class, and the No. 10 prospect out of Texas. He already holds a whopping 22 offers, including the likes of Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, among many others.

It’s way too early in his recruitment to get a feel for any sort of lean for Cooper, however the ability to come to Columbus and play under the tutelage of Larry Johnson should certainly be enticing to any defensive end prospects — especially with guys like Chase Young and the Bosa brothers all having tremendous success at Ohio State in very recent history.

The Buckeyes clearly like what they see out of the talent in Texas in 2022, as this now becomes their 18th total offer to players from the Lone Star State in the class. By comparison, the next most offers in a single state for OSU is California with six. Texas has always been a recruiting hotbed for college football, and Ryan Day is looking to get his foot in the door early with some of the region’s best.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State seems to be picking up momentum with one of the nation’s top prospects in 2021. Early Tuesday morning, defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau received a pair of Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Buckeyes, one of which coming from 247Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong and the other from the west coast-savvy Brandon Huffman. In addition, the Washington native also picked up three FutureCasts to OSU on Rivals.

Tuimoloau is the No. 1 overall player in 247Sports’ own rankings for the 2021 class. The 6-foot-4.5, 277 pound defensive end currently has five total CBs — all of which are for Ohio State.

  • Speaking of Crystal Ball predictions, 247Sports added a new metric to their system on Tuesday: the confidence meter. Now, experts are able to give a rating 1-10 on how confident they are on any given prediction. There are currently four un-committed prospects with consensus picks in favor of Ohio State with confidence ratings of at least six:

Five-star WR Emeka Egbuka (11 CBs, 6.8 confidence), five-star OT JC Latham (10 CBs, 6.3 confidence), Four-star OG Jager Burton (3 CBs, 6 confidence) and four-star TE Hudson Wolfe (3 CBs, 6 confidence).