After landing his chance to don the Scarlet and Gray and the college level in June, three-star class of 2022 tight end Bennett Christian told Land-Grant Holy Land the following:
“I was on the phone with Coach Wilson and Coach Day got on the line as well. We were talking for a little bit about how much he likes me as a player and a person as he congratulated me on my Ohio State offer. The next steps are really just to continue these relationships with those awesome coaches and getting up to Columbus as soon as possible.”
Fast forward a couple months and the Georgia native finally found the time to make the trek from the Peach State to Columbus to get a better feel at what the Ohio State University has to offer.
“The trip was amazing. I got to see any and everything I needed to see. The only downside was I couldn’t go inside anywhere, but it was very beneficial. love it” Christian said.
“One thing that really stood out to me was the greenery around the campus. I was expecting a bunch of buildings but there is a ton of historic buildings and trees everywhere. It was a great trip.” The 6-foot-6, 235-pound standout added.
OSU is legit!!— Bennett Christian (@BennettC87) August 15, 2020
Although he couldn’t meet with the staff face-to-face, Christian was in constant contact with his potential college coaches throughout his time in the states capitol.
“I spoke with Coach Wilson and Coach Day a ton. Me and Coach Wilson talked all day over the phone while I was up there. Both of them made sure that I knew that they were ready to take my commitment.”
Earning around a dozen scholarships throughout the process, the Allatoona High junior is down to two programs. Considering either Ohio State or Tennessee, where his father played his college ball, Christian will let the world know his plans in the coming weeks.
“I’m committing on Sept. 1st between OSU and UT. I’m really looking for a school that can help me be the best I can be in every area.”
Displaying a solid skill set, Christian was one of the main reasons Allatoona once again made a deep run in the Georgia state playoffs last season. Helping the Buccaneers finish the year off with 11 wins, he accounted for over 200 receiving yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore.
Buckeyes offer 2022 tackle
While Christian’s recruitment is coming to an end, another class of 2022 standout’s chance to call Columbus home is just beginning. Receiving his scholarship opportunity from the Buckeyes staff on Friday, massive offensive tackle Aliou Bah could now follow in the footsteps of former Whitehaven (TN) product Cormontae Hamilton and line up for the Big Ten power.
“Coach Stud broke the news to me and said moving forward they really want me. They love my game and how I’m continuously developing and getting better. And that OSU is a great place and has many opportunities in store.” The 6-foot-6 325-pounder told Land-Grant Holy Land.
With programs such as USC, Florida State, and Texas A&M sticking out at the moment, his chance to roll with the Buckeyes isn’t something he’s taking very lightly.
“When I think of OSU I think of winning, competition, tradition, and first-round NFL picks. OSU is a big time one for me. They will definitely be one of my top schools.”
Want to see what caught the Buckeyes attention? Check out these highlights of Aliou Bah in action:
- Ohio State also sent out a scholarship offer on Saturday to 2023 defensive end Brenan Vernon. The offer means a lot to the 6-foot-5, 250-pound edge rusher, who reportedly teared up after hearing the news. The Mentor High School product is the first in-state offer for the Buckeyes in the class. Vernon already holds 10 offers so far, with Ohio State and Notre Dame seemingly at the top of his list.