Yesterday was another busy offseason day for the Buckeyes. With news that Ohio State is holding on to linebackers coach Al Washington, Thursday provided the good news everybody wanted to hear. Keeping this staff together is a priority thanks to their cohesion as a unit. Whether it be the on-field development, their ability build relationships with current and future players, and certainly recruiting as well, the news of Tennessee losing out to Ohio State for Washington is huge to put it mildly. The class of 2022, specifically with three linebackers already committed, has to be jumping for joy that the man who will coach them when they arrive is not going anywhere yet.
On a more grand scale, yesterday also provided some recruiting news that Ohio State and everyone else could unfortunately have to deal with. Though talks of this coming April having the ability to be a “quiet period” for recruiting, yesterday the NCAA Football Oversight Committee recommended that the dead period once again be extended through May. A horrible scenario for both coaching staffs and recruits particularly, it’s important not to get too far ahead as it’s not finalized, but of course it would be a real heartbreaker if it does happen yet again.
In regards to Ohio State and their pursuit of the top-ranked player in the country per 247Sports, J.T. Tuimoloau, another extension of the recruiting dead period would pretty much eliminate any chances of him being able to visit unless he comes on his own under the pretense that he cannot in fact see the coaches or facilities. The Buckeyes have been in this one since the very beginning and still have a great shot at landing Tuimoloau, but as most do, here’s to hoping that a quiet period is still allowed giving the West Coast prospect the opportunity to finally see Ohio State in person.
Bucks offer 2023 Texas running back prospect
With the exception of Ohio of course, the Buckeyes may not be recruiting a state more effectively than Texas. Becoming a flagship of every recruiting cycle the last several years, the Longhorns and Aggies have been hurt a bit thanks to Ohio State coming in and raiding their best players and bringing them north to suit up in the scarlet and gray. Under Ryan Day and this staff, that doesn’t look to be stopping any time soon, as 2022 already has two guys from Texas committed thanks to the best player in the country, Quinn Ewers, and the top receiver in the country per 247Sports, Caleb Burton.
Late Wednesday evening, the Buckeyes once again made their presence known in the Lone Star State, as the latest Ohio State offer was sent out to 2023 running back prospect, Tre Wisner. A 5-foot-11, 180-pound high school sophomore, Wisner does not currently hold a 247Sports recruiting ranking based on his class status, but with offers from the likes of Florida State, USC, and now Ohio State already in the fold, it’s only a matter of time before the other top tier schools in the country come calling his name. Certainly Texas would be one to pay close attention to now as an offer surely isn’t far off.
Growing up this was a school I played with on NCAA13 and was a big fan of them. But I am blessed to receive a offer from OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY ! #GOBUCKEYES @CoachA_Connally @CoachMattBarnes @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/F7gSgd5vLg— 1 way (@1waytreway) February 11, 2021
With the Buckeyes getting in on this recruitment earlier than many others, it’s a big chance for the staff to do what they do best, which is lay the groundwork for developing a close relationship. In addition, as far as a recruiting pitch goes, not much more needs to be said than the name J.K. Dobbins, who of course is one of the most successful running backs in Ohio State history that hails from Texas. Having a real life example of what Wisner could do as a Buckeye, it’s pretty simple that this example would go a long way for the sophomore in his recruitment.
- The amount of elite talent in Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class that is now signed and mostly already on campus is practically unfair. Nationally, the caliber of players coming in keeps the Buckeyes among the top two or three programs in the country in terms of recruiting, but when you look at it strictly from a Big Ten perspective, it really is incredible the way Ohio State is distancing itself from the rest of the conference. As shown in the Fox College Football graphic, Ohio State boasts an incredible six of the top 10 recruits in the B1G for 2021, and that has to keep you confident that the Big Ten title will continue to run through Columbus.