Folks, it’s a good day to be a Buckeye fan. Just in the last few days, we’ve seen Ryan Day flip four-star cornerback Jordan Hancock from Clemson—further extending his No. 1 ranked 2021 class with the potential to still add another five-star or two—and Chris Holtmann land the No. 1 player in Ohio, Malaki Branham, bumping his 2021 class up to No. 2 in the country behind Baylor.
But, you know as well as I do that these Buckeye head coaches aren’t satisfied. Holtmann is finished in the backcourt for the 2021 class, but he’s still looking to add a big man to seal the deal, according to Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors. One of the team’s top targets is five-star center Efton Reid, who recently transferred to IMG Academy to play on the post-grad team.
As for the football team, Day still has his eyes on some of the most talented prospects in the country, one of which is five-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau, who Gene updated us on in yesterday’s State Secrets.
Tuimoloau is still waiting to see if he can make his official visits before he makes his final decision, however another Ohio State target has announced that he will be releasing his Top 5 on Thursday at 3 p.m. ET.
Unlike Tuimoloau, who has four 247Sports Crystal Balls for Ohio State, five-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh is a little more undecided. The Crystal Ball has Leigh going to Clemson (58.3%), LSU (25%), Penn State (8.3%) and Oklahoma (8.3%).
The Buckeyes offered a scholarship to the Virginia native in September of 2019, which he was shocked to receive, according to Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts. Kurelic also believes Ohio State will be one of the five schools to make the cut in Leigh’s short list on Thursday.
The Buckeyes currently have two 2021 offensive line commitments in Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman, with the goal being four when all is said and done.
Leigh is 6-foot-5 and 270-pounds, and is the country’s No. 11 overall prospect, the No. 3 offensive tackle, and the No. 1 prospect in Virginia.
- Class of 2022 four-star linebacker Harold Perkins from Cypress, Texas told Bucknuts that he’s interested in Ohio State, it was one of “dream schools” growing up, and that he is “definitely going to visit.” Perkins has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State, but has remained in contact with Al Washington. Perkins is the country’s No. 201 overall prospect and No. 16 outside linebacker and the No. 28 prospect in Texas.
- Speaking of 2022 linebackers, three-star ILB Justin Medlock updated his offer sheet on Wednesday — a list that now includes 21 programs including the likes of LSU, Oregon, Texas and of course Ohio State. Currently rated as the No. 13 ILB in the cycle, Medlock already has two Crystal Ball predictions in favor of the Buckeyes.