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Ohio State makes 2022 tight end’s top three

Plus, a 2021 offensive guard’s commitment date is approaching.

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As Gene predicted yesterday, Bennett Christian — the No. 18 tight end in the class of 2022 and No. 26 player out of the state of Georgia — has announced his top three schools.

Unsurprisingly, Ohio State made the cut, along with Penn State and Tennessee.

Christian has already visited Penn State and Tennessee, and said he plans on visiting Ohio State once the pandemic subsides.

“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.”

As Gene notes, Kevin Wilson and Ryan Day’s uneventful 2021 TE recruiting has them planning ahead for 2022. Christian is one of four 2022 tight ends that have received an offer from Ohio State. The No. 1 TE in the class, Donovan Green, also holds an offer from the Buckeyes, along with the No. 4 TE, Holden Staes, and Benji Gosnell, who is ranked No. 10 at the position, according to 247Sports.

The No. 3 offensive guard in the class of 2021, Rocco Spindler, is set to announce his commitment live on CBS Sports HQ on Saturday, August 8 at 6 p.m. ET.

The four star from Clarkston (Mich.) will be choosing between Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan and LSU, with the Wolverines and Fighting Irish as the most likely candidates. Not only is he in close contact with both school’s offensive line coaches, but, according to Allen Trieu of Bucknuts, Spindler has developed close relationships with both school’s recruiting classes as well.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball has four predictions each for Notre Dame and Michigan, however the Irish have a higher confidence level.

“Education… that’s number one, top priority,” Spindler told The Michigan Insider when asked about what he seeks in a program. “Development; who am I going to be developed by the best to get me a shot the NFL? The brotherhood aspect… I want to be part of a great family. And networking... that’s a great thing as well because I want to get jobs after I’m done playing football and know a lot of great people. And just biggest thing for me is who’s going to take care of me after football ends? And, of course a national championship would be awesome as well.

Spindler is the No. 3 prospect in the state of Michigan and No. 48 prospect overall.

Quick Hits

  • On Wednesday, Ohio State offered 2023 offensive tackle Payton Kirkland. The Buckeyes are just the latest in what is now a whopping 25 total offers for the Florida native, which includes some of the nation’s top program’s among the likes of Auburn, Georgia, Florida, and Penn State. Kirkland, whose mother grew up a Buckeye fan, does not yet have a rating on 247Sports, but expect him to be one of the region’s top prospects when those ratings are released.
  • Kirkland wasn’t the only big name to see an Ohio State offer come his way on Wednesday, as the program also offered 2023 defensive end Derrick LeBlanc. The Buckeyes were the latest team to throw their hat in the ring for the elite edge rusher, who now holds at least 37 offers from top schools like Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, and a ton of others. Like the rest of his 2023 counterparts, LeBlanc is not yet rated on 247Sports.
  • Zack Carpenter of Eleven Warriors reported that Ohio State’s 2021 five-star defensive end commit Jack Sawyer’s rehab for his MCL tear is “going phenomenal” and that he is “way ahead of schedule.” The No. 3 player in the class even went so far as to say that he feels better than he ever has in his life.
  • In Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts’ latest edition of his “Top 10 prospects from the Ohio class of 2022”, Marysville linebacker Gabe Powers continues his reign at the top of the list. Powers is the No. 1 prospect in the state of Ohio, and the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country. He has four 247Sports Crystal Balls for Ohio State (100%). Powers’ college decision may be coming sooner rather than later, if you read into the latest tweet from OSU recruiting extraordinaire C.J. Hicks: