Thankfully, Ohio State’s football players have been granted the ability to resume their voluntary workouts this week, and while it’s only a small step in the right direction towards football being played this fall, it’s still a step. In the meantime, guarantee that this Buckeye coaching staff is still on the recruiting trail busy as ever doing any and everything they can to keep their class as the best in the nation.
An inside scoop on 2022’s top QB
As mentioned in yesterday’s edition of State Secrets, 247Sports released their early recruiting rankings for the 2022 class, and coming in atop the list was Texas native gunslinger Quinn Ewers. The Southlake Carroll standout doesn’t need to be given much of an introduction in terms of his accolades and abilities, because every top program in the country is all in on this five-star’s recruitment.
The nation’s top prospect overall and of course the best quarterback in the class, Ewers literally can hand-pick his school of choice. Add in the fact that as a sophomore against some of the best prep competition, he passed for over 4,000 yards, 45 touchdowns with only 3 interceptions while running for an additional nine scores, and you see exactly why Ewers is the talk of the nation.
To get into specifics and how he relates to Ohio State, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports Steve Wiltfong just yesterday gave a little insight to Ewer’s recruitment and how the Buckeyes may fare moving forward. With Wiltfong asking the QB who is recruiting him the hardest right now as recent as this past Monday, Ewers was quoted as saying “definitely Ohio State, I talk to them the most”.
Obviously with Ryan Day at the helm of the Buckeye program, quarterback recruiting has been given a serious jump-start to where landing top national signal callers is not only a desire for Ohio State, but now more of an expectation. Day has proven under his tutelage that he can get the best out of his quarterbacks, and Ewers is clearly taking notice of what the Bucks can do for him on the field during his college years, but also for life after college and in the NFL.
Interestingly enough, Wiltfong also mentioned that Ewers and his family have property in Ohio. In addition, Ewers was quoted as saying he was going to make a “business decision” in terms of his college of choice, and Wiltfong pointed out that it likely means Ewers will choose the program that will give him the best chance to maximize his potential, as most recruits would.
The Buckeyes will be in this recruitment until the very end, but , Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas and others are still giving it their best shot too.
A little OSU offensive line recruiting news
As we get deeper into the 2021 class and closer to a signing period, the Buckeyes and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa are still heavily pursuing another elite talent to add to their future roster. It’s been mentioned numerous times lately, but the prospect that is being recruited the hardest by Ohio State’s staff is Virginia native Tristan Leigh. The 6-foot-5, 270 pound, five-star tackle is one of the few remaining targets the Buckeyes are hopeful to add, and with how much work they have been doing with Leigh as of late, it’s becoming more and more of a real possibility that Ohio State could in fact snag him.
Yesterday, Leigh took to his Twitter account to announce that he would soon be releasing a top schools list that will consist of five (originally six) total programs. With the Buckeyes sure to make that list, some of the others more than likely to also see their names include LSU, Clemson, Penn State and Oklahoma.
As mentioned, Ohio State has really made up some ground with Leigh after missing out on JC Latham, who was originally their top priority at the position. If Ryan Day and company are able to pull this one off, it would mean the Buckeyes lost out on the fifth-best tackle in the country and ended up with the third-best. While this would be splitting hairs in terms of who is the better player, the Buckeyes have seemingly put themselves in position to at least make the final cut for Leigh. With LSU and Clemson likely near the top of his list, the fight to bring in this five-star is far from over.
Moving to an already committed class of 2021 offensive lineman, current Buckeye pledge, Ben Christman announced his latest honor via his Twitter account yesterday that he committed to playing his final high school football game in the Under Armour All-America game held every year in Florida for many of the nation’s most sought after players. This prestigious contest, in addition to the All-America Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, has featured countless Buckeyes over the years and once again, another future Ohio State player is headed to a post-season all-star affair.
A prospect who has been committed to OSU since June of last year, Christman probably doesn’t get the recognition he deserves likely due to the fact that he’s been a part of the class for so long.
However, considering Christman checks in as the No. 6 offensive guard in the country, the sixth-best player in a very talented Ohio class, and a top-115 player overall, the Buckeyes are more than floored to have Ben as not only an addition this current cycle, but also see him as one of their better recruiters as he has lived on social media preaching pro-Ohio State headlines. After turning down offers from the likes of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and a host of others, keeping this elite talent within the state lines for the next three to four years seems to already be paying dividends.