Less than two days ago, the Ohio State recruiting scene was buzzing after five-star OT Tristan Leigh—one of the Buckeyes’ biggest targets— tweeted photos of himself wearing Ohio State gear while working out with former OSU offensive lineman Matthew Burrell Tuesday night.
After seeing this tweet, one could potentially assume a commitment from Leigh is in Ohio State’s future. However, the No. 4 OT and No. 11 player overall in the 2021 class has been increasingly drawn to LSU.
As Birm of Lettermen Row reported Wednesday morning, the Virgina-native has made recent visits to Oklahoma and LSU, and is returning to LSU again this weekend. However, he has yet to make the (much shorter) trip to Columbus and there aren’t any plans to do so.
Leigh’s high school coach, Scott Vossler, told 247Sports that he enjoys LSU and he “just feels very comfortable there.”
“He has great relationships with the staff, and the people there jive with what he sees himself being,” Vossler said. “... I think he’s probably able to make a decision, but he wants to see what he can do with making some official visits.”
Leigh’s Crystal Balls on 247Sports are all over the place with Clemson (30.8%), LSU (61.5%) and Oklahoma (7.7%). He does not have a CB prediction for Ohio State.
Another detail that further solidifies the Buckeyes’ end to Leigh’s recruitment was Greg Studrawa’s scholarship offer to Zen Michalski — a three-star 2021 offensive tackle from Indiana — on Tuesday.
- Michigan has lost a commitment from three-star wide receiver Markus Allen, who tweeted his decision Wednesday afternoon. The Ohio-native’s announcement comes after previously tweeting about going “somewhere you know you’re loved” and “if a school wants you, they’re going to make it known.” Allen is the No. 68 WR in the class of 2021, and Ohio’s 14th ranked prospect.
Naturally, he is already drawing attention from Ohio State’s commits has they try to sway him towards the in-state Buckeyes...
- Nolan Rucci, a five-star Buckeye offensive line target, has committed to Wisconsin.
Rucci visited Columbus in April of 2019, but he and the Buckeyes ultimately parted ways when Ohio State began to focus on 2021 commits Ben Christman and Donovan Jackson as well as prospects J.C. Latham and Jager Burton.
Rucci chose Wisconsin over a top five list that included Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State. He will join his brother Hayden, a redshirt freshman tight end, in Madison next season.
His commitment is a bigger loss for the Nittany Lions than it is for the Buckeyes, as James Franklin thus far has failed to haul in any of the top 10 players in Pennsylvania, with only two guys in that group remaining uncommitted. Rucci is the No. 1 recruit in the state.