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Ohio State offers 2023 running back, defensive lineman

OSU sends out a pair of scholarships, and multiple Buckeye targets earn a coveted fifth star in updated rankings

2023 three-star RB Daylan Smothers via @h3llywood on Twitter

For unfortunate reasons, Ohio State’s football coaching staff has some extra time on their hands this week. Instead of using the extra time to relax and recover from the 2021 regular season, the Ohio State coaching staff is using this time to bolster the future of the program. With the early signing period quickly approaching, expect Ohio State to be heavily involved in the recruiting headlines the next couple weeks. In case you are busy with the holidays, no need to worry, as Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered on all things Ohio State recruiting.

Buckeyes offer 2023 RB

It is no secret that Ohio State wants to add multiple running backs in its 2023 recruiting class. The Buckeyes are already involved with many of the nation’s top prospects, though they have not yet received a commitment in the class.

On Monday, the focus on the RB position continued as the Buckeyes offered a rising prospect at the position in Daylan Smothers.

Smothers may be an unfamiliar name for most of Buckeye Nation, as he is viewed as a three-star prospect. However, don’t let the star ranking fool you. The Buckeyes are joining an impressive list of schools that have already offered Smothers. Programs such as Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Louisville, Florida State, Tennessee, Boston College, South Carolina and a handful of others have already presented Smothers with a scholarship offer. Schools like Alabama, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Maryland and Rutgers have all expressed interest as well, but have not officially offered yet.

Currently, Tennessee and Florida State seem to be ahead of the pack, as he has already made unofficial visits to both schools, including two to Tennessee. However, Smothers’ recruitment has taken off as of recent and because of this, more offers will likely come into play and could usurp the two early favorites.

Smothers is the No. 19 RB in the 2023 recruiting class and is the No. 326 overall prospect. He is also the No. 9 recruit from North Carolina.

Additionally, if Ohio State is able to get him on campus, they could quickly become real contenders in this one. However, as previously mentioned, Smothers is not the only RB target in next year’s class that Ohio State is talking to. Mentioned in Monday’s State Secrets column, four-star RB Cedric Baxter Jr. included Ohio State in his top four schools.

The Buckeyes have also increased efforts in recruiting the top-rated RB in next year’s class, Richard Young. Following an Oct. 30 unofficial visit, Ohio State has emerged as one of the top contenders early in Young’s recruitment. Young just wrapped up his junior season of high school football, and he is already producing highlight reel moments. Check out what Ohio State could be getting in Young below:

Ohio State targets listed in Rivals updated list of five-stars

Rivals released their updated list of five-star prospects in the 2023 class on Monday. Multiple Ohio State targets and a verbal commit made the list. Below are all the Buckeye targets and commits that were included in the list of 13 and some quick highlights of what they could bring with them to Columbus.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State 2022 shooting guard commit Roddy Gayle Jr. had an impressive showing at the the Holiday Hoopsgiving event over the weekend. While at the event, Gayle spoke with Jacob Polacheck at ZagsBlog.com and had the following to say about Ohio State and his commitment to the Buckeyes:

“Ohio State felt like home. That’s where I want to be,” Gayle said. “I felt like I was leaving my home and being accepted into another one. I thank the Buckeye community and I just can’t wait to get to college and do the same thing there.”

“You’ve got a winner,” Gayle said in his message to Ohio State fans. “Next year, during the season, I’m going to make sure we win for sure. We’ve got to get a natty.”

  • Ohio State offered four-star 2023 defensive lineman A’mauri Washington on Monday. A teammate of Buckeye WR commit Kyion Grayes at Chandler High School in Arizona, Washington is the No. 15 DL in the country and the No. 85 player in the class overall.