Ohio State has brought in no shortage of wide receiver talent in these last few recruiting classes, thanks largely in part to position coach Brian Hartline. After hauling in a quartet of top-100 pass-catchers in 2020, Hartline followed up his efforts by securing the No. 1 WR in 2021 in Emeka Egbuka, as well as another pair of four-star studs in Marvin Harrison Jr. and Jayden Ballard. Even with all the elite players filling his room, the Buckeye assistant is not taking his foot off the gas in 2022.
Already securing the nation’s top receiver yet again in Caleb Burton, Ohio State is still in on a number of talented wideouts in the junior class, with a majority of the focus currently centered around Kojo Antwi and Kyion Grayes. We have talked a ton about Grayes and his plans, with the Arizona native set to visit Columbus later this month, but on Tuesday afternoon we got a little bit of a better glimpse into Antwi’s recruitment.
“I did a Zoom (call) with coach Day leading the charge about a week or so ago,” Antwi told Bucknuts’ Bill Kurelic. “Coach Hartline was on there as well. They were going over the basics. We’ll be doing a virtual tour Zoom coming up.”
Ohio State offered Antwi back in November, with that offer coming from Ryan Day before Hartline really took over leading the charge for the Georgia native. The receivers coach has been in constant contact with the 6-foot-1 wideout, even going as far as to FaceTime Antwi just ahead of the Buckeyes’ CFP matchup against Clemson in the Sugar Bowl.
“[Hartline] texted me this morning,” Antwi told Kurelic. “He was checking up on me. I’m in contact with coach Hartline about twice a week.”
Antwi, who has over 30 scholarship offers, previously had a top four of Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and of course Ohio State, but is heavily considering adding USC as a fifth team to his short list. Antwi told Bucknuts at the end of January that the Aggies and Buckeyes were the top two, but it looks as though Texas A&M has since taken a slight edge over OSU.
“I think A&M has jumped to No. 1,” Antwi said on Tuesday. “Ohio State and A&M are still the top two.”
Currently ranked as the No. 162 player in the country and the nation’s No. 19 WR in the junior class, Antwi has a pair of Crystal Ball predictions from January — one each for Ohio State and Georgia. The Buckeyes clearly have some work to do if they want to sway the four-star prospect away from the South, but with Hartline continuing to apply the pressure, there is no reason to think they can’t jump back to the top of Antwi’s list.
Antwi’s timetable is still up in the air with the potential extension of the NCAA dead period. If he is able to make his visits relatively soon, he plans to make his decision in July. If the dead period gets pushed into the summer, Antwi will likely wait until the middle or end of his senior season before making his commitment.
- This kid is really going to be something special in Columbus...
- Ohio State’s ultimate recruiting tag team duo of CJ Hicks and Dasan McCullough is apparently at it again. These guys are quickly becoming fan favorites before they even step foot on campus.
- A Georgia defensive tackle apparently has some interest in Ohio State. Christen Miller, the nation’s No. 159 player and the No. 10 DT in 2022, tweeted this out on Tuesday afternoon. Miller was offered by defensive line coach Larry Johnson back on Feb. 4.