Ohio State has quickly identified the linebacker position as one of great need in the 2022 recruiting cycle.
The Buckeyes have already earned verbal commitments from three blue-chip prospects that all project to play the position in their collegiate careers. Recent rivals.com five-star LB C.J. Hicks was the first domino to fall for Ohio State in the class and has earned the moniker “Captain Buckeye.” Hicks and the Buckeyes have also been able to secure commitments from four-star ATH Dasan McCullough and four-star OLB Gabe Powers.
Ohio State is also well in the mix for five-star ILB Shawn Murphy, the top-rated inside linebacker in the nation. Hicks has long been in the ear of Murphy, in hopes to create the top LB haul in the class.
The Buckeyes are far from finished adding to the haul. On Monday, the team officially offered another of the nation’s top linebackers.
Four-star OLB Malaki Hamrick (Shelby, NC/Shelby) announced that he had received an official scholarship offer from the Buckeyes on Monday morning.
Hamrick, has received plenty of scholarship offers to date, including the likes of North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Arkansas, among others. Mack Brown and the home state Tar Heels are the early favorites to land his commitment.
Hamrick is the No. 6 recruit in North Carolina, the No. 12 OLB and the No. 142 overall prospect in the class 2022 class.
Basketball Buckeyes offer four-star SG
Ohio State isn’t just hitting the recruiting trail on the gridiron — the hardwood has also been impressive when it comes to recruiting. Head coach Chris Holtmann and the basketball Buckeyes have been hard at work securing the nation’s No. 7 recruiting class in the 2021 recruiting cycle. The impressive haul includes the No. 1 prospect out of Ohio in Malaki Branham.
However, Holtmann and co. are also remaining focused on ensuring the 2022 recruiting class is just as successful. The Buckeyes already hold a verbal commitment in three-star shooting guard Bowen Hardman.
On Monday, Holtmann and Ohio State officially offered another of the nation’s top SG’s.
Beyond blessed to have received an offer from Coach Holtmann and The Ohio State University! pic.twitter.com/iRNYUKH3kF— Isaac McKneely (@IsaacMcKneely) August 24, 2020
Isaac McKneely (Poca, WV/Poca) has seen his recruitment begin to take off this summer. In the last two months, KcKneely has earned offers from Indiana, Illinois, Virginia and now Ohio State. However, it is in-state school West Virginia who is viewed as the early favorite to land a commitment from McKneely.
McKneely is still early in his recruitment however, so no school should be viewed as out of the running. Ohio State has a chance to immediately jump into contender status.
Holtmann and the Buckeyes have proven to be one of the top programs at virtually recruiting, and if the team has serious interest in McKneely, expect them to try and get a virtual visit scheduled sometime soon. However, he will likely wait to take in-person visits before making a decision, circumstances allowing.
McKneely is the No. 1 prospect from West Virginia, the No. 9 SG and the No. 50 overall prospect in the class.
- Sports Illustrated released the SI All-American SI99 list Monday and multiple future Buckeyes made the cut.
- Rivals released their five-star prospects for the 2021 recruiting class on Monday and, once again, multiple future Buckeyes made the cut.
- Ohio State five-star WR target Luther Burden plans to announce his top 12 schools at the end of this week. Ohio State verbal commit Dasan McCullough is doing his best to make sure the Buckeyes make the cut
Remember what we talked about. https://t.co/6Nl3zUluPU— Dasan Mccullough ¹✊ (@Dasan2022) August 24, 2020
- Four-star 2021 DT Tyleik Williams plans to announce his commitment later this week, and based on some cryptic Tweets from current Ohio State commits, it seems as though this is an announcement Buckeye fans should keep an eye on. Williams is the No. 10 DT in the nation, and the No. 4 player from his home state of Virginia.