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Five-star 2022 OT lists Ohio State among top schools

The Buckeyes made the cut for the highly-touted Virginia native.

Five-star OT Gunner Givens
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Ohio State football led by Ryan Day has remained one of the top program’s in the nation. One of the biggest reasons for the team’s continued dominance is its success in recruiting the best high school football players to join them year in and year out.

The Buckeyes dominance in recruiting continues to pay off. The program currently sits at No. 2 in both the 2021 and 2022 recruiting cycles. Fortunately, the quick start the Buckeyes have gotten off to in 2022 seems to be continuing in the right direction.

Five-star offensive tackle Gunner Givens (Daleville, VA/Lord Botetourt) recently included Ohio State in his top 12 schools.

Alongside Ohio State, Givens included Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Carolina in his top 12 schools.

Ohio State offered Givens just this summer, but despite being his latest offer, the Buckeyes have made quick work and vaulted into serious contender status.

However, among the dozen selected by Givens, there is no indication of any separation between the schools. Alongside the recent extension of the dead period by the NCAA due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Givens recruitment appears to still have a decently long shelf life.

Givens may try to wait out to the dead period and take some official visits to his interested schools before making a decision. If this is in fact the case, the selection of those official visits will certainly shed some light into separating the field.

While the Buckeyes 2022 class haul has already been impressive, just one offensive linemen is currently a member of the class in four-star OT Tegra Tshabola. Givens would make for an excellent addition alongside Tshabola for a program that likes to reload upfront every year — especially after some big misses at offensive tackle in 2021.

Givens is the No. 1 OT in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 21 overall prospect in the class.

Quick Hits:

  • Ohio State 2021 QB commit Kyle McCord is playing in the All-American Bowl, and his high school head coach Tim Roken will be coaching the East team.
  • McCord’s teammate and fellow Ohio State commit Marvin Harrison Jr. will also be partaking in the All-American Bowl, which takes place on Jan. 9.
  • Despite already being the No. 1 RB in 247Sports’ rankings, TreVeyon Henderson continues to try and get better every day. The five-star back looks like he has all the physical tools as well as the motivation and drive to be the next great Ohio State ball-carrier.