We’ve talked ad nauseam about the strength of Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class. However, at a program like the one that resides in Columbus, you cannot step back all too often to rest on your laurels. The grind never stops, and before this current cycle is wrapped up a ton of work must be put into getting a head start on 2022 if the team wants to build continued success.
Three new Buckeye offers
As of the time this is being written, 247Sports has the running total for Ohio State’s 2022 scholarship offers at 65. However, with at least two of the newest offers having not yet hit the site, the actual number is likely somewhere north of 67. On Tuesday morning, the Buckeyes had an offer out to just one tight end in the class, but that number grew exponentially later that afternoon.
The first guy to officially add his name to the list is Westminster School’s Holden Staes. Not yet being rated by 247Sports, Staes is listed as a high three-star prospect on Rivals.
AGTG. After a great conversation with Coach Day and Coach Wilson, I am blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State University! @ChadSimmons_ @Mansell247 @RecruitGeorgia @CoachWild15 @ryandaytime @OSUCoachKDub @TEwracademy pic.twitter.com/LLJXeiBCnj— Holden Staes ⚡️ (@Hstaes13) June 2, 2020
The Georgia native adds Ohio State to an already impressive list of at least 20 offers, including the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State and others. The 6-foot-4, 240 pound tight end as seen his recruitment pick up as of late with both the Crimson Tide and Tigers offers coming at the end of May and now most recently the Buckeyes. Look for him to be at least a four-star prospect when the next update comes around.
Tight end is a big position of need in the 2022 class for Ohio State, and so the work did not stop there. A short while later, fellow TE Benji Gosnell took to Twitter to announce his latest offer from the Buckeyes.
A four-star prospect, Gosnell is the No. 5 TE in the class and the No. 9 player out of his home state of North Carolina according to 247Sports. The East Surry product currently holds offers from at least 14 programs, including the likes of Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Ryan Day was able to snag one of the Tar Heel State’s top prospects in RB Evan Pryor during this current cycle, and he'll be looking to do the same with Gosnell in 2022.
The offers did not stop there for Kevin Wilson and Co., as Bennett Christian became the third tight end in the span of about an hour to announce a scholarship offer from Ohio State on Twitter.
Without yet having a rating on either 247Sports or Rivals, the 6-foot-5, 225 pound tight end has around 10 different offers at this time, including programs such as Kentucky, Michigan State, Nebraska and Pittsburgh. A Georgia native like Staes, coach Wilson must have been doing his homework on tight ends on the East Coast, feeling comfortable enough to send out the trio of offers on Tuesday.
The TE spot is certainly going to be a position of great emphasis in the 2022 class, as both Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert will likely be off to the NFL following this upcoming season. Ohio State currently has one TE commit in the 2021 class in Sam Hart, and could potentially still be adding the four-star Hudson Wolfe to the mix, but it is definitely a position group worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
- Two of Ohio State’s early commits in the 2022 class are teaming up to give back to their community. Jyaire Brown and Tegra Tshabola will be hosting a youth camp for ages 8-14, with training in both offensive line and skill positions.
Hollywood and Tegra will be training !! Offensive Lineman and skill positions. These workouts are for the ages 8-14 and will last about an hour long. Must bring your cleats. If you have any further questions.— Jyaire “Hollywood” Brown (@jyairebrown13) June 2, 2020
Tegra: 513-410-3289#BuckeyeNation pic.twitter.com/ZjAHopBi5j
- I touched on this earlier on Tuesday in my Buckeye Bits column, but Ohio State running back commit TreVeyon Henderson has drawn some incredibly high praise.