Ohio State’s coaches and staff are going to have a ton of extra time this fall to put in work on the recruiting trail without a football season to worry about. While some believe the Big Ten’s cancellation would hurt recruiting efforts, that apparently has not been the case for the Buckeyes — at least early on — as they gained a commitment from four-star athlete Dasan McCullough on Tuesday.
Ryan Day and Co. are looking to close out the class of 2021 strong, and they still hold the No. 1 group in the nation, but Alabama is rapidly closing on their heels. While Ohio State looks to maintain their lead in the current cycle, they are also making sure they keep things rolling in future classes as well. The staff looked to keep momentum going in both areas on Tuesday, as in addition to the latest commitment, the program sent out a pair of new offers.
The first went out to 2021 Florida commit Justus Boone. Standing at 6-foot-5, 250 pounds, the Sumter, SC native is the No. 19 SDE in the class and the No. 307 player overall in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Blessed To Receive An Offer From THE Ohio State University .. @R2X_Rushmen1 @SumterFootball @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/9ZiqkbTH1j— Justus Boone (@justusboone6) August 18, 2020
Boone holds at least 19 scholarship offers at this time, including from some of the nation’s top programs among the likes of Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and most recently Ohio State. He has been committed to the Gators since the end of February.
247Sports national writer Charles Power had this to say of Boone’s abilities:
Possesses an above average stature and frame for a strong-side defensive end. Has room to add mass once in a college strength program and could ultimately grow into a defensive tackle, nearing 300 pounds. Plays with physicality and aggression. Stands out as an edge-setting run defender. Has active hands at the point of attack with the ability to disengage via strength or quickness in moves. Shows good effort and speed in chasing down plays in pursuit. Productive as a junior, making a good number of plays behind the line of scrimmage. Still progressing as a pass rusher and will need to continue adding nuance to his game on that front. Projects as a Power 5 level starter with the upside of developing into a NFL Draft pick.
Ohio State’s second offer on Tuesday went out to 2022 offensive tackle Kenji Swanson. The Chatsworth, CA native is currently the No. 29 OT and the No. 303 player overall in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Grateful And Blessed To Receive An Offer From THE Ohio State University‼️ Big Thank You To @CoachStudOL @CoachCookOL @ryandaytime @CoachJoeBolden @OhioStateFB & @SierraCanyonFB #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/cpEran4D1U— Kenji Swanson (@KenjiSwanson) August 18, 2020
Swanson, a three-star prospect early in his recruitment, currently holds at least 12 scholarship offers heading into his junior year of high school, including from some top programs like Auburn, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Notre Dame. The 6-foot-6, 307-pound tackle looks like a men amongst boys out on the field with his immense size, so expect his stock to rise as there is still a long ways to go in his recruiting process.
y’all know 305 can move right? @prepzone pic.twitter.com/cTUuiQrl8r— Kenji Swanson (@KenjiSwanson) November 3, 2019
- An Ohio State 2022 commit earned a fifth star in the 247Sports Composite on Tuesday, as the updated Rivals rankings provided enough juice to make linebacker Gabe Powers a five-star prospect. Previously listed as the No. 47 player in the class, Powers — the No. 1 player in Ohio and No. 1 OLB in 2022 — is now the No. 33 player in the country overall. He is the highest-rated player of the five guys that make up Ohio State’s No. 2 recruiting class in 2022, where they trail only LSU.