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Five-star DT lists Ohio State among early leaders

The Buckeyes are still in the mix for a top tier 2022 defensive tackle.

2022 DT Walter Nolen
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Between playing in the snow and trying to keep warm you might’ve missed out some of the latest recruiting news surrounding your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught up with things.

Five-star DT names top 10

When you run a top tier program elite prospects definitely take notice. In what’s becoming almost a daily occurrence, Ryan Day, Larry Johnson, and the Ohio State football program learned another class of 2022 five-star talent is considering calling Columbus his college home.

Cutting his list from around 25 college offers to a leader list of 10, standout junior defensive tackle Walter Nolen took to his Twitter page to share with the world who is sticking out at the moment for his services. Dropping his top schools on Friday morning, Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Oregon, Tennessee, Auburn, and USC made the cut for the 6-foot-4 300-pound big man.

“I was shocked by a couple of them (making the Top 10),” Nolen’s father, Walter Sr., stated to 247Sports recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong. “Some of them I knew for a fact I was going to be on there. I knew LSU was going to be on there, I knew Bama was going to be on there. I kind of knew Florida was going to be on there and kind of knew Michigan was going to be on there. I kind of knew Oregon was going to be on there. And I knew Ohio State.”

Looked as one of the top overall prospects on the high school level regardless of class, analyst Gabe Brooks had the following to say on the Cordova Tennessee native and what he could add to a college roster.

“Stoutly assembled defensive lineman with college-ready size. Owns the requisite height and possesses verified length to foster more bulk addition if desired. Powerful build manifests in point-of-attack disruption. Flashes consistent suddenness at the snap and closes fast in pursuit. Shows outstanding lateral range relative to size. Punchy and physical. Motor runs hot. Strong enough to make plays through blocks. Can also run plays down from back side. Has posted outstanding verified testing numbers. Violent hands will become even more dangerous as pass-rush move set expands. Could thrive inside in a four-man front but looks to have position and scheme versatility. Among the nation’s top defensive prospects in the 2022 class. Should become impact high-major defensive lineman with high-round NFL Draft ceiling.”

Don’t want to take the experts word on it? See what the St. Benedict at Auburndale standout could add to the Buckeyes defensive front with these highlights of him in action on the field: