The beat goes on even in the midst of uncertainty. Ohio State is still recruiting at the highest level. Landing their 19th commitment in the 2021 class yesterday, thanks to the addition of four-star defensive tackle Tyleik Williams, the Buckeyes have once again climbed back into the top spot for the No. 1 overall class in the country after being leapfrogged by Alabama just earlier this week.
A big time addition to an already incredible class, receiving this commitment just further proves that even in what may feel like the toughest time for the Ohio State football program, Ryan Day and his crew are not only able to continue business as usual, but use even the negatives to their advantage, which seems to be added attention to recruiting with the lack of on-field work going on.
As plans (hopefully) come about to give direction for the Big Ten’s potential spring season, the Buckeyes will as mentioned have additional time to continue to their force on the recruiting trail. With multiple targets still out there in the current 2021 class still yet to decide on the school of their choice, Ohio State will not only look to hammer down their remaining spots, but also continue their strong momentum in the future classes — such as the 2022 class, which is already off to a fantastic start.
Decision is near for Jager Burton
The original plan for Ohio State in their 2021 class was to take as many as four offensive linemen. With the current roster having elite players like Wyatt Davis, who is sure to leave early for the NFL, depth is always a concern. Especially along the offensive and defensive lines, you can’t be left out in the cold with these positions of tremendous need and importance.
This far into the cycle though, the Buckeyes sit with only two offensive line commits, but what they may lack in quantity, they sure make up for it with quality. Five-star guard Donovan Jackson and high four-star guard Ben Christman are locked in and holding down the fort, but Ohio State’s staff remain on the trail still looking to add to the position group.
One prospect who has been on the Ohio State radar since the beginning is Kentucky native Jager Burton. The eighth-best offensive guard in the country, Burton is a player not far from the Ohio border, and someone the staff kept in communication with regularly whether it was via Zoom calls or over the phone.
The issue here is the affinity Burton has with his hometown program, Kentucky. Going to high school in Lexington, the Wildcats are right in his back yard, and Burton hasn’t minced for words how he feels about Kentucky as his home and the university. Typically, when the Buckeyes want a player from the Bluegrass State, it’s not hard to convince the prospect why he should spend his years in Columbus playing at a historically stronger program. However, this recruitment with Burton isn’t quite the same.
Yesterday, Burton took to his Twitter account to announce that this coming Sunday (Aug. 30) he intends on making his final decision regarding his college of choice. In the running for his pledge includes Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon, Clemson, and of course, Kentucky. It’s not out of the question that the Buckeyes may stand a chance in landing this commitment, but if you’re betting on it, Kentucky keeping Burton within the state lines for the next three to four years looks to be the safest of bets. Time will tell, but Ohio State may need to continue looking elsewhere if they want to add another offensive lineman in the 2021 class.
- On Thursday, Ohio State made the cut for four-star 2021 shooting guard Blake Wesley. The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Indiana native released his top 12 schools via Twitter, which included the Buckeyes alongside Creighton, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Texas and others. Currently listed as the No. 29 SG and the No. 108 player in the country in the 247Sports Composite, Chris Holtmann would surely love to add the talented hooper to his No. 7-ranked 2021 class.