When the Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class took a hit a few months ago due to the leader of the group reclassifying, it seemed as if a Penn State QB commit would be the only option as to potentially filling that void. However, on Tuesday a new name emerged as a candidate.
OSU eyes Trojan pledge
Back in August, when the news came about that five-star quarterback Quinn Ewers, an Ohio State commit, was skipping out on his senior season at Southlake Carroll (TX) and heading to Columbus to get started as a student-athlete with the Buckeyes, the question quickly arrived; Will QB coach Corey Dennis and Ryan Day look to fill that spot that Ewers opened up, or will they skip out on a signal-caller in the class?
Initially the name that emerged as a potential option to fill that void was four-star quarterback Drew Allar, a Penn State commit from Medina (OH). While the aforementioned Dennis made a stop to check out Allar in action and discussions between the two parties almost certainly occurred, the idea never seemed to gain much traction.
Fast forward to Tuesday, and a name has now emerged as an option to fill that quarterback spot in the class with four-star quarterback Devin Brown, a USC commit from Corner Canyon (UT), picking up an offer from Ohio State.
Brown, a Top 100 prospect in the class, has been committed to the Trojans since September of last year. The 6-foot-3, 189-pounder has since seen the program part from the head coach that he committed to in Clay Helton, and now other universities across the country are reaching out to Brown to gauge potential interest in a new home for the No. 8 QB in the class.
With Ohio State being the latest program to offer Brown, they join the likes of California, Ole Miss, and UCLA as other schools that offered in September alone and are aiming to flip Brown. As always in these cases, the next step here for the Buckeyes will be to bring Brown on campus for a visit.
Casey down to six
Switching gears to the basketball side of things, the Buckeyes got good news on Tuesday as four-star power forward AJ Casey of Whitney Young (IL) narrowed his recruitment down to six schools after securing over a dozen offers on the recruiting trail.
Casey, the No. 3 player from the state of Illinois, did include Ohio State in the group. Despite being incorporated in the list and being pegged as a “warm” school for Casey, I don’t expect the Buckeyes to take another prospect in their class with five commitments already in the fold for their No. 2 ranked recruiting class.
From the outside, it seems as if DePaul and Miami (FL) are the two in the best position for the 6-foot-8, 180-pounder from Chicago. Gonzaga, Memphis, and Michigan are the other programs also in-play in this recruitment.
- Oklahoma was on the receiving end of a commitment from 2022 five-star defensive lineman Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy of Lakeland (FL) on Tuesday over Texas A&M. Even though Ohio State was able to secure an official visit from the No. 10 overall prospect back in June, the Buckeyes weren’t considered a finalist for Brownlow-Dindy.
- A pair of 2024 prospects that the Buckeyes are targeting in four-star linebacker Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa and four-star cornerback Peyton Woodyard of St. John Bosco (CA) picked up offers from the Sooners yesterday. Ohio State jumped into the picture for both rather early as they offered Viliamu-Asa back in April and Woodyard back in June.
- Just one day after Chris Holtmann and Ohio State offered 2023 small forward Devin Royal of Pickerington Central (OH), the 6-foot-6, 210-pounder picked up yet another scholarship opportunity. On Tuesday, Royal added a new offer from Butler — the program formerly led by Holtmann.