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Buckeyes make the short list for top 2022 offensive guard

Can Ohio State go into Indiana and poach another top player from the Hoosier State?

Four-star 2022 OG Demon Moore
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It was touched on in yesterday’s edition of State Secrets, but the Buckeyes are set to host massive recruiting target Raesjon Davis this weekend. Though the coaching staff is not able to talk to the No. 4 outside linebacker in the country in person, this is one last shot to sway all the momentum towards the Scarlet & Gray before he makes his final decision on Feb 3. Arriving in Columbus today, here’s to hoping Ohio State’s campus and everything they can offer appeal not only to Davis himself, but his parents as well who will also be in attendance.

Recruiting literally never stops for the Buckeyes and their staff. It’s clear Ryan Day and his crew are doing everything it takes to build one of the best teams in the country for years to come. Fortunately, the success on the trail has been basically unrivaled since Day took over. The only thing you can ask for to this point is to keep the train rolling and with this current staff at the helm, that looks to be a given.

Bucks make the cut for 2022 offensive guard

It’s pretty common for the Buckeyes to find themselves on top schools lists for many of the nation’s top caliber recruits. Regardless of position, elite players are placing Ohio State in their final group of considered programs almost weekly. When you have the ability to recruit nationally like Ohio State does, it’s impressive to say the least to see them constantly among the favorites for a major quantity of guys any program in the country would like to add to their class. Under Ryan Day, Ohio State and their staff have taken recruiting to the next level. It seems nearly unimaginable after the Urban Meyer era, but here we are seeing success on the trail like never before.

Yesterday, Ohio State found their name on yet another short list when they made the cut for a top 2022 offensive guard that trimmed his final schools list to a top eight. Indiana native Demon Moore is considered to be the sixth-best guard in the class, the No. 7 player in Indiana, and the 288th ranked prospect nationally. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Moore already has the size and frame to be a big time college player, and that’s clearly been taken notice of as he currently has double digit offers to his name.

Making the cut for Moore included Missouri, Indiana, Texas A&M, Penn State, Oregon, Nebraska, Arizona State, and of course Ohio State. Without a Crystal Ball prediction yet to be made for Moore, this recruitment could be up for grabs, but his name hasn’t been in the Ohio State headlines very much in comparison to other 2022 targets. However, that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes aren’t interested and proof of that comes back to when they offered him a scholarship all the way back in May of last year.

Being an Indiana native, Moore is close enough to keep in touch with the Buckeyes regularly and if Ohio State wants to be a serious contender, they’ll want the Ft. Wayne product to get to campus when available. This will be a recruitment to watch moving forward as the Buckeyes are still in on some major talents along the offensive line.

Quick Hits

  • In sticking with the offensive line trend, per Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts, Ohio State is one of the schools that is currently recruiting 2023 offensive tackle Payton Kirkland the hardest. A 6-foot-7, 315 pound high school sophomore, Kirkland may not have a ranking yet due to his class status, but with nearly 40 offers already, the Florida native will be one of the top players not only at his position, but the entire country when all is said and done.
  • Lately the LSU program has been wavering a bit and that has taken a little hit on their recruiting efforts. Yesterday, 2022 prospect Bryan Allen Jr. de-committed from the Tigers reopening his recruitment. Ranked as the fifth-best safety in the country, Allen is also the No. 71 player nationally. Ohio State is certainly in on other top safeties in the 2022 class, but this could be a name worth paying attention to moving forward.