We are still a long ways out from really getting caught up in where recruits in 2022 are rated, as a lot can change between now and next December. However, on Wednesday morning, 247Sports updated its rankings for next year’s class, and two of Ohio State’s three early commits in the cycle were beneficiaries of the shuffle.
Four-star OLB C.J. Hicks, who we have talked about a bunch already this week, was one of the bigger movers in the class, jumping up 61 spots as he now comes in at No. 107 overall. Now officially designated as a linebacker after being originally listed as an athlete, Hicks is ranked No. 7 at his position and is the No. 3 player in Ohio. Jyaire Brown, another OSU commit, moved up seven spots to No. 115 overall, listed as the No. 4 player in Ohio and the No. 15 CB in the country.
However, while Brown and Hicks each received a bump, the Buckeyes’ third man in the 2022 class was not so lucky. Tegra Tshabola tumbled 169 spots down to No. 238 overall. Still a four-star recruit, the 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive tackle is now the No. 23 player at his position and the eighth-best Ohio prospect.
Outside of the guys already committed to Ohio State in the next cycle, a number of guys near the top of Ryan Day’s early target board also found themselves moving around the updated rankings.
Five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, whom OSU was one of the first to offer before he was even a high school freshman, is now the No. 1 player in the class. The top pro-style QB and No. 1 player in Texas swapped places from No. 2 with five-star defensive end Shemar Stewart, another player the Buckeyes are obviously highly interested in. Also near the top of the wish list is Caleb Burton, who jumped 29 spots to No. 8 overall and is currently the No. 1 WR in the class.
We talked yesterday about the importance of Ohio State snagging multiple linebackers in 2022, and it seems they are off to a pretty decent start. Gabe Powers, whom the Buckeyes would appear to be in the driver seat for at this time, checks in as the No. 47 player overall and the No. 1 player in Ohio as the nation’s top linebacker. They are also heavily in the running for Jalon Walker, who jumped a whopping 120 spots up to No. 56, and Dasan McCullough, who fell 14 spots to No. 87.
It is worth noting that of the top 100 players in the newest Top247, only six are currently committed. While it would be an incredibly tall task for Ohio State to repeat the overwhelming success of the 2021 class in 2022, the opportunity is absolutely on the table.
- We are still waiting for the latest news in the Jordan Hancock saga, but it seems as though the four-star cornerback’s flip to Ohio State is all but a done deal. After receiving four Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Buckeyes on Tuesday night, another four came in on Wednesday to push that total to eight, with an average confidence rating of eight (high). Hancock will be a massive add as the No. 41 player in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports, and is rated the sixth-best CB in the country.
- In addition to the 2022 Top247 update, there was a small shuffling within the 2021 rankings as well, with Kyle McCord moving up nine spots to No. 43 overall. The Philly native is the No. 4 pro-style QB in the country and No. 3 player in his state. Also of note, highly-touted Michigan QB commit J.J. McCarthy fell seven spots to No. 34, with McCord now nipping at his heels.