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Buckeyes on the verge of adding another elite prospect to their 2022 class?

With momentum building, Ohio State’s 2022 class could be off to an early big start.

Blue Valley North athlete Dasan McCullough
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With August starting tomorrow, it’s getting closer and closer to what is hopefully going to be some form of a college football season. With the SEC and ACC announcing their conference-only plans for the fall, there’s still of course major hurdles to jump to get the Buckeyes and everyone else on the field. But in today’s climate, the fact that we’re still discussing sports at all feels like a win. The start date for Ohio State practices is still currently set for Aug. 7, and getting to next week will again be a huge step in the right direction for the season to start on time.

For the Buckeyes’ coaching staff, prepping for the season is the first priority, but recruiting is an every day occurrence for the Ohio State program. As 2021’s class continues to take shape and remains as the top class in the country, Ryan Day and his crew have some work to do to fend off a late resurgence by Alabama. If Ohio State is able to lock down their remaining top targets, all signs point towards winning the recruiting crown. This cycle has been exciting to say the least, but with the momentum that could carry over in to next year’s class, 2022 may be right up there too.

Another “boom” coming soon?

With Ohio State only having room for a handful of guys left in the 2021 class, the staff has been giving more and more of their time to the class of 2022. While the work is clearly not over for Ryan Day and his crew in the current cycle, the amount of elite talent they have already in the fold in 2021 gives them the ability to direct their attention towards next year, allowing the staff to develop closer relationships with top prospects and bettering their chances of securing yet another top national recruiting class when signing day rolls around next year.

As the momentum for the 2022 class builds, the next question is who will be next in line to commit. Fortunately, there’s multiple talented names that can be dropped within this subject area, but yesterday may have provided the clearest path to an answer for who that candidate may be.

Earlier this week, current Buckeye verbal commit CJ Hicks took to his twitter account to hint at the possibility of the Buckeyes landing another prospect, but a name wasn’t yet linked to it. Now, with Hicks’ tweet getting a response from Dasan McCullough, he seems to be the prospect most closely related to not only CJ’s twitter message, but also who could be the next to commit to Ohio State in the 2022 class.

A 6-foot-5, 220 athlete who plays his high school ball just west of the Missouri state line in Kansas, McCullough is no stranger to high-profile football as the top-ranked player in his home state. With his dad being the current running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, McCullough comes from a lineage that portrays both on and off-field football knowledge. Not to mention, Dasan has plenty of family ties to Ohio with his dad also playing and coaching for Miami of Ohio both during and after his college years.

Knowing all of this, it makes perfect sense for McCullough to be highly interested in what Ohio State has to offer him.

Yesterday, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports Steve Wiltfong submitted a Crystal Ball prediction for McCullough in favor of Ohio State. While this would obviously be a huge boom for the Buckeyes in any cycle, it would be coming at the perfect time as McCullough, while listed as an athlete, is sure to be headed for the linebacker spot at the next level.

With all the depth the Buckeyes are looking for in the 2022 class in terms of linebackers, McCullough would not only fill a need, but reload the position in a great way. His size, speed, and athleticism allows him to be the perfect fit, much like Darron Lee was for Ohio State during his tenure. Time will tell, but if you’re putting money on names to be the next to commit in the next cycle, it very well could be Dasan McCullough.

Quick Hits:

  • According to Steve Wiltfong, five-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka, who has long been a heavy Buckeye target, may have plans to visit Oklahoma this August even during the recruiting dead period. While not set in stone, if Egbuka was to take the trip, he would not be allowed to speak with the Sooners staff. It is another development to watch for as Ohio State still has work to do to bring Egbuka in with their 2021 class. Fortuantely, the Buckeyes still have one of the strongest relationships with the nation’s No. 1 WR thanks to position coach Brian Hartline.
  • OSU five-star running back commit TreVeyon Henderson? Yea, he’s gonna be a stud.
  • An interesting situation to maybe keep an eye on, four-star LSU commit Raesjon Davis tweeted out “#Gobucks” on a graphic showing Ohio State’s dominance over Michigan over the past decade. It would likely be a tough flip to snag the nation’s No. 3 OLB to Columbus, but it didn’t stop current Buckeye commits from taking notice.