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Ohio State offers top 50 defensive end prospect

The Buckeyes look to add yet another top Rushman to their 2022 class

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Welcome back to State Secrets, your go-to spot for all the newest updates and analyses surrounding the Ohio State recruiting world. On today’s agenda, we have a new 2022 offer, a top-14 list and a rundown of Ohio State’s wide receiver situation. Let’s get into it!

Four-star defensive end Derrick Moore, from Baltimore (Md.) St. Frances Academy, announced on Wednesday that he has received an offer from Ohio State.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 245 pounds, Moore is the No. 3 prospect in his state, No. 5 at his position and No. 46 overall for the class of 2022. He currently holds 13 offers, which include Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Maryland and Michigan.

Here’s what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn had to say about Moore:

“Long, lean frame with wide shoulders. Elite athlete with great explosion. Speed off edge is extremely disruptive. Has speed for backside pursuit. Uses hands well to keep offensive lineman from engaging on pass rush. Energy and effort level high. Changes direction well. Plays with suddenness. Good tackler in space. Has to keep pad level low through first few steps. Improving technique important. Continued body control development needed. Work on taking on block and disengaging in run game needed. Multi-year starter at Top 10 program. Day 2 NFL draft potential.”

No stress over wide receivers

Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline has an abundance of receivers heading his way in 2020 and 2021, and, as Zack Carpenter of Eleven Warriors points out, that’s without Emeka Egbuka having yet decided between Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma or Washington.

“Even if the Buckeyes do not land Egbuka, receiver will still be the No. 1 position they have the luxury of being patient with in the 2022 class. It’s a position of importance in any class, obviously. But because of the job Brian Hartline, Ryan Day, Keenan Bailey and others have done in recruiting the position recently, they can sit back and focus on a small group of sophomore targets for now, even as they look to land three receivers in the class.”

Ohio State has extended offers to five receivers so far in the 2022 class: No. 23 overall and No. 3 WR Luther Burden— who Carpenter believes has the best relationship with Ohio State right now and is the one most likely to end up in Columbus, No. 31 overall and No. 4 WR C.J. Williams, No. 35 overall and No. 5 WR Kaleb Brown, No. 37 overall and No. 6 WR Caleb Burton, and No. 90 overall and No. 13 WR Armani Winfield.

While those five are Ohio State’s primary focus at the moment, Carpenter also mentions that in-state four-star slot receiver Kaden Saunders, ranked No. 166 overall and No. 4 in Ohio, is also on the Buckeyes’ radar, though they see him playing cornerback. Additionally, they’ve also shown interest in Darrius Clemons, a four-star outside receiver ranked No. 140 overall and No. 18 receiver in the nation. Neither Saunders nor Clemons have received offers from Ohio State, but be on the lookout.

Quick Hits

Three-star tight end Bryson Nesbit, from Charlotte (N.C.) South Mecklenberg, announced his top 14 schools on Wednesday, and Ohio State made the cut. However, 247Sports’ Crystal Ball has him 100% going to South Carolina, with a confidence level of eight.

Nesbit is the No. 22 tight end in the class and the No. 29 prospect out of North Carolina, according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings.