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Ohio State offers underrated safety prospect

The Buckeyes dished out to an offer to one of the hottest prospects in the country over the weekend.

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While you were spending the Super Bowl weekend with loved ones and friends you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting news surrounding your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t worry, Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help save the day.

Buckeyes offer Pope

Looking to add to its already stacked class of 2022, Ryan Day’s Buckeyes dished out a scholarship to one of the most underrated athletes in the soon-to-be-senior class has to offer on Friday afternoon.

Adding Ohio State alongside reported offers from programs such as Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and USC, Buford (GA) junior safety Jake Pope now has a chance to follow in the footsteps of OSU offensive lineman Harry Miller and suit up in the Scarlet and Gray on the college level.

Playing both ways for Miller’s former high school, Pope was a big reason why the Wolves finished the season off with a state championship trophy. Talented enough to play wide receiver or safety in college, the junior is pegged to reach his full potential in the defensive backfield.

Jake wouldn’t be the first member of the Pope family to play safety on the D1 level. A former walk-on that put in the work to see significant playing time, his father Brad Pope started from the bottom and worked his way to the top for the Clemson Tigers during the mid 1990’s.

Get a taste of why Jake Pope is starting to watch his recruitment take off like a rocket with these highlights of him in action last season:

Arnold talks walk-on commitment

Last Tuesday Ohio State added to it’s already sizable group of future walk-on football players when long snapper Mason Arnold decided to announce his plans to call Columbus home for the next years.

Committing to Ohio State over the University of Kansas, it was a no brainer for the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Tampa, Florida native to give his pledge to the Buckeyes.

“I chose OSU because it is my dream school.” the Carrollwood Day School, who has family ties to the area, told Land-Grant Holy Land.

“Having family from there, I grew up as a Buckeye. I see the community of the program as a big family. That’s something I’d love to be apart of. When I think of OSU, I see the best program in the country.”

Putting together one of the top overall preferred walk-on pledge lists for the 2021 class, Arnold puts his name among a group that consists of prospects such as tight end Zak Herbstreit, center Toby Wilson, and athlete Cayden Saunders.

Quick Hits

  • Cedar Grove (GA) class of 2022 defensive end Joshua White announced his top six college program on Sunday evening. With nearly a year until he puts pen to paper, Ohio State, Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Georgia, and Arkansas are out in front for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound pass rusher.
  • Five-star 2022 defensive tackle Walter Nolen will take to Twitter to let the world know what 10 college programs are sticking out to him on Friday. One of the top overall prospects in the country regardless of class and position, Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, and Tennessee are just a few of the well over 20 scholarships currently on the table for the Cordova, Tennessee native.