After Ohio State took care of business on the gridiron against Maryland last week, the Buckeyes were idle this weekend. Despite the bye week, the coaching staff remained active on the recruiting trail as they sent out a new offer and checked out a few high school football games on Friday night that featured a handful of top targets.
Arnold adds Buckeye offer
Coming into Friday, Ohio State’s quarterback pursuit in the 2023 class was centered around three guys that were already on the receiving end of an offer from the Buckeyes and are still uncommitted. Those three were five-star quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava of Warren (CA), five-star quarterback Dante Moore of Martin Luther King (MI), and four-star quarterback Dylan Lonergan of Brookwood (GA).
Now, a new name has officially entered the picture as Ohio State sent out an offer to four-star quarterback Jackson Arnold of Guyer (TX) on Saturday.
#AGTG Extremely blessed to say I have received an offer from The Ohio State University! ⭕️ @CoreyDennis_ @mike_gallegos16 @_CoachJJohnson @ReedHeim @kylekeese pic.twitter.com/r5m8ybCARk— Jackson Arnold (@_JacksonArnold_) October 16, 2021
Arnold is currently slotted as the No. 14 quarterback in the class and is just inside of the Top 250 prospects in next year’s class. In the always talented state of Texas, Arnold finds himself as the 36th highest graded prospect from the Lone Star State with plenty of time to make a case for an even higher ranking in the future.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder holds offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, TCU, Tennessee, and more. With the Buckeyes now in the mix for Arnold, Ohio State will now shift their attention to building a relationship with the Texas standout and ultimately aim to bring the talented quarterback to Columbus to check out what the program has to offer.
Miller sets Ohio State visit
As we move past the mid-way point of October, Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class has yet to add a true defensive lineman to the haul that currently sits as the seventh-highest ranked class in the country. It’s still the same usual suspects at the position, and it’s a group that the Buckeyes have been focusing on for quite some time.
One of those includes four-star defensive lineman Christen Miller of Cedar Grove (GA). Despite the general consensus favoring the likes of Georgia and USC in the pursuit of Miller, the Buckeyes seem to be in this race for the long haul.
Ohio State already had the benefit of hosting Miller, the No. 111 overall player in the country, on an official visit just one month ago, So, it was definitely noteworthy when Miller revealed on Twitter that he would be making another visit, this time on his own dime, to Columbus on Oct. 30 when the Buckeyes will take on Penn State.
I Will Be At The Ohio State Game Vs Penn State #GoBuckeyes @markpantoni— Christen Miller (@fatchr7s) October 16, 2021
- According to Keegan Pope of On3.com, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day made a stop to Iowa to check out 2022 four-star safety Xavier Nwankpa of Southeast Polk (IA) in action on Friday night.
- 2022 four-star interior offensive lineman Earnest Greene of St. John Bosco (CA) is “close to locking in” a visit to Ohio State, according to Greg Biggins of 247Sports. The No. 61 overall player in the class was at Texas this weekend to see the Longhorns take on Oklahoma State.
- Buckeyes tight end coach Kevin Wilson was also busy on Friday night as he pulled up to see 2023 four-star offensive tackle Luke Montgomery of Findlay (OH) in action as the Trojans defeated Clay (OH) on the road by a final of 51-25.
- After naming the Buckeyes as a finalist in his recruitment just a few days ago, 2022 four-star power forward AJ Casey of Whitney Young (IL) announced his commitment to Miami (FL) on Friday. The 6-foot-8, 180-pounder chose the Hurricanes over DePaul, Gonzaga, Memphis, Michigan, and Ohio State.