The Big Ten announced on Wednesday that it would not be revisiting its decision to cancel the fall sports season. Which means, until we get some semblance of a plan to move forward, all that’s left for Ryan Day and his recruiting staff to do is put their heads down and prepare for the future of the program. And they’ve been doing exactly that.
On Tuesday, Ohio State landed a commitment from the class of 2022’s No. 70 player, four-star athlete Dasan McCullough, and also sent out a pair of offers to the No. 19 SDE in the 2021 class and the No. 29 OT in the 2022 class.
Keeping the ball rolling, Ryan Day himself offered St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North cornerback Toriano Pride on Wednesday.
Blessed To Receive An Offer From Ohio State University ! #GoBuckeyes @DB_CoachCoombs @ryandaytime @Clint_Cosgrove @JoshHelmholdt @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/pE5aoiTXsf— 5 (@toriano2x) August 19, 2020
Pride told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts that Ohio State is “very high on his list,” which also includes Auburn, Missouri, Iowa, Oregon and 14 others.
Here’s what Pride’s head coach, Carl Reed, had to say about his player, according to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports:
“He’s a top-flight corner and he can take on that 1-on-1 matchup against an elite guy and he has game-changing speed. He’s an electrifying runner and he’s a pure cover corner that has the ability to go into college and start as a true freshman at that position.”
“He’s been starting for me since he was a freshman and he’s the most electrifying skill player I’ve coached and I’ve had some great backs here. He’s played his biggest in the biggest games. He can catch the ball great out of the backfield, he can run between the tackles, he has elite speed. He’s going to play his biggest in the biggest moments which a lot of kids don’t do. He’s going to start in the secondary this year also which I think is also going to add another element to his recruitment and he is also the best kick returner in the state of Missouri. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone anywhere that returns kicks the way he does.”
While he’s been in contact with Ohio State for awhile, they’re just now pulling the trigger, Pride told 247Sports’ Allen Trieu. He’s also been actively talking to Auburn, Oregon and Missouri.
Pride is listed as the No. 27 CB in his class and the No. 6 player in his state on 247Sports’ Composite rankings.
- Speaking of Dasan McCullough, today, Dasan’s younger brother Daeh McCullough came in ranked as the No. 54 prospect in the country in the 247Sports Class of 2023 Top 100. Daeh plays cornerback for Blue Valley North, and like his brother, is projected to become a top tier prospect, likely staying at cornerback, according to Kurelic.
He’s already racked up quite a few solid offers, including Penn State, Florida and Michigan, and Kurelic believes Ohio State will be entering the mix soon.
Daeh is a four-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings, the No. 3 cornerback and the No. 2 prospect in Kansas.