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2024 Ohio PF had “amazing time” at Ohio State

The Buckeyes are working on recruiting one of Ohio’s best in the 2024 recruiting class, while the football team still has a shot at one of the nation’s top prospects.

2024 power forward Tyler McKinley via @txm35 on Twitter.

With five games under its belt, the Ohio State football team is quickly coming together. Despite the trials and tribulations the team experienced to start the season with injuries and an early loss to Oregon, the Buckeyes looked the best they have on the field Saturday against Rutgers.

The midway point of Ohio State’s season is quickly approaching, and because of this, recruiting has slowed down a bit. However, at a program like Ohio State, recruiting never fully comes to a halt, and the Buckeyes continue to make the college recruiting headlines. In case you missed any of Monday’s headlines, have no worry, as always Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.

Basketball Buckeyes recruiting 2024 Ohio PF

We mention it here often, but one of the reasons Ryan Day and the Ohio State football team are so dominant on the recruiting landscape is largely due to the coaching staff’s ability to build relationships with recruits early in their recruitment. This mindset is no different for Ohio State on the hardwood, as Chris Holtmann has also proven he is exceptional at targeting talent early on.

It appears the Ohio State men’s basketball Buckeyes are working on one of these early relationships as they target a 2024 Ohio native. Power forward Tyler McKinley has already received plenty of interest from Ohio State, including an unofficial visit, and the Cincinnati native recently spoke with Jake Weingarten of stockrisers.com on how the visit went and his thoughts on the Buckeyes’ program.

McKinley had the following to say when speaking with Weingarten:

“In my opinion, an all-around great program and it has great people all throughout the program. My unofficial went good and I had an amazing time with the players and staff this past weekend.”

It is still very early in McKinley’s recruitment, but he projects to become one of the top recruits in Ohio. Because of this, the Buckeyes are not alone in their efforts. McKinley holds offers from the likes of Miami (OH), Ohio, Cincinnati, West Virginia and South Carolina. He has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State, but one will likely be heading his way sooner than later.

McKinley, like all prospects in the 2024 recruiting class, has yet to receive a star ranking from 247Sports, but one will surely be attributed to him when the class rankings are revealed.

Ohio State still in the mix for five-star OT

Ryan Day and the Ohio State football coaching staff are putting their final touches on the 2022 recruiting class. Only a handful of spots remain in the class, and Ohio State has narrowed down its search parameters to fill the class.

One of the names that was associated with Ohio State earlier in the recruiting cycle but has seemingly fallen off is that of five-star offensive tackle Zach Rice.

Rice listed Ohio State among his top five schools back in March and took an official visit to the school on June 4. While the visit went as well as possible, the talk surrounding Ohio State and Rice has fallen off significantly since the summer.

Adam Friedman of Rivals.com spoke with Rice recently regarding his final schools and where his recruitment stands. Rice mentioned he is still in contact with the Ohio State coaching staff and that he speaks to them multiple times a week, however when asked if another visit will be made before he makes a decision, it seemed unlikely.

Rice seems destined to play at either North Carolina or Virginia, although he wants to make one more visit to Notre Dame before committing. Regardless, there is a clear top three schools for Rice and Ohio State does not look to be in that group.

The only certainty in college football recruiting is that there are no certainties, and while Ohio State would love to have a player of Rice’s caliber join its 2022 class, this one appears to be nearing an end.

Quick Hits

  • The No. 1 prospect in Ohio in the 2023 recruiting class and major Ohio State target, Sonny Styles, visited with Cincinnati over the weekend for their game against Notre Dame. Styles left the visit with an official scholarship offer from the Bearcats, giving Ohio State even more competition for the talented safety.