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Ohio State 2022 tight end target could be nearing a decision

The Buckeyes will likely look to sign two TEs in next year’s cycle

Allatoona tight end Bennett Christian
Rusty Mansell, 247Sports

Ohio State really wants to get two tight ends in 2021, but it doesn’t look all too promising that it will become a reality. Holding just one commitment at the position from three-star prospect Sam Hart, the Buckeyes are running out of options in the current class. It is not a total impossibility, with guys like Dametrious Crownover and Jordan Dingle still on the table, but Ryan Day and position coach Kevin Wilson are planning ahead.

It seems like they have already made quite the impact on 2022 tight end Bennett Christian. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Georgia native was offered a scholarship by Ohio State back at the beginning of June, and since then the relationship between the two parties has continued to grow.

“Ohio State is one of my top schools,” Christian told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts. “Every week I talk to coach (Kevin) Wilson or coach (Tim) Hinton. I call coach Wilson each week.”

Christian, currently rated as the No. 18 TE in the 2022 class, already holds 12 scholarship offers including some of the nation’s top programs, including the likes of Kentucky, Penn State, Tennessee, and others. However, it sounds like the Allatoona product is nearing a decision.

While it could very well be that Christian makes his commitment sometime soon, it sounds a lot like it will just be a top schools list.

“I’m talking to a lot of schools, but I’m kind of narrowing it down to three,” Christian told Kurelic. “The main three are Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee. I’m talking to those three each week. It’s pretty much those three.”

Christian also said he plans on visiting Ohio State once the whole COVID situation dies down, having already been to both Penn State and Tennessee. Only time will tell what exactly his “big news” tweet is in reference too, but my money would be on an official top schools list in the coming days.

Quick Hits

  • One of 2022’s top prospects, offensive guard Earnest Greene, is also close to naming his top schools list, and Ohio State is expected to make the cut. Greene, the No. 2 OG and No. 48 overall player in the 247Sports Composite, told Greg Biggins of 247Sports that he is looking to name a top seven or top 10 within the next month. Greene said he talks a lot with OSU guard Wyatt Davis and has a good relationship with Greg Studrawa, so expect the Buckeyes to be on that list.
  • One of 2022’s top basketball recruits will be on the move at the high school level, as five-star shooting guard Chris Livingston is set to return to Akron Buchtel HS after spending his sophomore year at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio. Livingston, the No. 3 player overall in the 2022 class and the No. 1 player in Ohio, is obviously a massive target for Chris Holtmann. After hauling in the top three in-state players in 2021, Holtmann will be hoping to once again bring a huge local talent to Columbus.