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Ohio State offers 2023 offensive tackle, brother of big 2021 target

The Buckeyes sent an official scholarship offer to the younger brother of a top 2021 prospect.

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The Ohio State football team has been on a tear in its 2021 recruiting class. Just last week, the Buckeyes earned their most recent BOOM by flipping four-star CB Jordan Hancock from Clemson.

The recent addition fully cements Ohio State atop the 247Sports 2021 class rankings, though Alabama is quickly closing the gap. As a result, the Buckeyes are far from finished.

One of the most important recruits remaining on Ohio State’s list of targets is offensive tackle Tristan Leigh (Fairfax, VA/Robinson Secondary). The five-star prospect recently included the Buckeyes in his top five schools, however Clemson and LSU seem to have an edge at the moment.

Monday morning, the Buckeyes officially offered the brother of Tristan, Aidan Leigh (Fairfax, VA/Robinson Secondary). The move might first appear targeted at securing a commitment from the older brother. However, Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff have been very selective in who they offer, and when presented, it means the program is fully interested in the recruit. While the move certainly is not insignificant in the recruitment of Tristan, Aidan has already been able to show off his potential as a member of the 2023 recruiting class.

Ohio State was the second official scholarship offer presented to the younger Leigh, with Big Ten foe Maryland being the first. However, the Buckeyes are not the only new team targeting Aidan. Shortly after the OSU offer came in on Monday, LSU also offered the younger Leigh. The Tigers are another team that was included in Tristan’s top five.

Aidan has yet to receive any recruiting rankings as of yet, as is common with a recruit this early on in the process. However, expect his name to be high on the list once announced. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder will hope to achieve similar success to his brother and could grow into a larger body by the time he reaches the same point in his recruitment.

Tristan will likely try and withhold from making a final decision and will look to take those five allocated official visits, once the dead period due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been lifted. Nonetheless, the No. 3-rated OT in the country certainly noticed his brother’s Ohio State offer.

Quick Hits:

  • Ohio State 2022 OLB target Dasan McCullough continues to look impressive. Buckeye OLB commit C.J. Hicks has been heavily recruiting McCullough to join him in Columbus as the two have established a budding friendship.
  • Ohio State also offered 2023 athlete Joenel Aguero on Monday. The St. Johns Prep (Danvers, MA) product currently holds 12 official scholarship offers at this early stage in his recruitment, with some big programs in on the sophomore including Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and others. The 6-foot, 170-pound Aguero does not yet have a rating on 247Sports, like the rest of his 2023 counterparts.