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Ohio State recruitment of top 2022 athlete picking up steam

The Buckeyes picked up another 247Sports Crystal Ball for the No. 1 prospect in Kansas

Dasan McCullough (right) with his dad (Deland McCullough)
Twitter via @Dasan2022

Things are beginning to heat up in the college football world. We officially have a football schedule to work with and Ohio State’s fall camp begins Thursday, Aug. 6. Hopefully in the coming weeks, we also receive an update on whether or not recruits can finally make in-person visits. Until that happens, we probably won’t be hearing much from the top guys in the 2021 class, meaning Ryan Day and his recruiting staff have had more time to focus on the 2022 class—and it shows.

Another puzzle piece was put into place on Wednesday, when four-star athlete Dasan McCullough added another Ohio State crystal ball prediction from 247Sports’ Allen Trieu. He now holds two CBs for OSU, each with “high” confidence levels.

Early last week, Ohio State commit C.J. Hicks hinted that another “BOOM” was coming to the 2022 class, to which McCullough replied “what if (eyes emoji)?”

You know they mean business when they include an eyes emoji.

A 6-foot-5, 220 athlete, McCullough is the top-ranked player in Kansas, and the No. 7 athlete in the ‘22 class. His dad is the current running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, and happened to also play and coach for Miami (Ohio).

As our own Caleb Houser reported last week, McCullough, while listed as an athlete, will likely play linebacker in college.

“With all the depth the Buckeyes are looking for in the 2022 class in terms of linebackers, McCullough would not only fill a need, but reload the position in a great way. His size, speed, and athleticism allows him to be the perfect fit, much like Darron Lee was for Ohio State during his tenure. Time will tell, but if you’re putting money on names to be the next to commit in the next cycle, it very well could be Dasan McCullough.”

Quick Hits

  • While he’s still waiting to find out about visits and the status of his high school season before making a decision, five-star offensive tackle Nolan Rucci included Ohio State in the list of schools he’s keeping in touch with, along with Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Stanford, Notre Dame and Clemson.

“I keep in close contact with (Ohio State offensive line coach) Greg Studrawa,” Rucci told Brian Dohn of Bucknuts. “We are doing those calls where we go over film, and learning technique from coach Stud and how he goes through progression drills with his guys, all the way up to game situations. I think it has been really helpful just to learn.”

Rucci is the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 13 prospect in the class of 2021.

  • Florida, Texas A&M and Alabama are still “pushing” for Ohio State commit Tunmise Adeleye, he told Blake Aladerman of Bucknuts. The Gators even sent him an official offer at the start of August. However, Adeleye said he is content with his commitment to the Buckeyes, due to his relationship with both his position coach and his “brotherhood” with the 2021 class.