Between spending time with loved ones and enjoying the weekend you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting news surround the Ohio State Buckeyes football program. Don’t worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught back up with everything.
Grayes picks OSU
Already blessed with the top overall recruiting class for the 2022 cycle, Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff locked up a verbal pledge from another top rated soon-to-be-senior yesterday. After spending a few day in Columbus getting a better feel for what it would be like to be a OSU student athlete alongside his family, four-star wide receiver Kyion Grayes announced his commitment to the Buckeyes via his Twitter account.
“Really, it’s just the environment,” Grayes told Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts . “I feel welcome. I’m at home with these coaches, the players and the commits I have with me. I can’t thank all the people enough. It makes me feel like I’m at home with them. I’m very excited. I can’t wait.”
The speedy 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide out, who landed offers from not just OSU, but also from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and USC, has shown tremendous ability lining up for Chandler High (AZ). Over the last two seasons, Grayes has racked up over 1,400 receiving yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the Wolves as a sophomore and junior.
Not just one of the top overall prospects in Arizona, Grayes finds his name among some of the best in the country. In what could continue to improve in the coming months, the newest Buckeye is currently looked as the No. 17 wide receiver and 127th overall prospect in the stacked class of 2022, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Want to know more about Kyion Grayes and his commitment to the Buckeyes. Our Gene Ross has you covered.
Buckeyes add walk-on wide receiver
It was a pretty busy weekend for Ryan Day, Brian Hartline, and the OSU coaching staff. Ohio State didn’t just add a pledge from Kyion Grayes on Sunday. Just a couple days before the Buckeyes also landed a commitment from walk-on wide out Reis Stocksdale (Morrow, OH/Little Miami) on Friday evening.
Deciding to call Columbus his future stomping grounds, a lot played a part in the Little Miami (OH) senior selecting to suit up for the Buckeyes over opportunities to play on the college level at programs such as Butler, Dayton, Valparaiso, Lake Erie College, and Concordia.
“First off I would like to thank God for giving me this opportunity. I chose Ohio State because it has always been a dream of mine,” The 5-foot-11 play maker stated to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after taking to his Twitter page to share the news of his pledge. “To be able to play for some of the best coaches and to be able to play with some of the best players which will help me learn and grow as a football player. Also the great education that Ohio State has to offer. When I think of Ohio State I think of the great traditions, excellence, and the brotherhood.”
After being accepted into the University, talking things over with his family, and Ohio State assistant Director of Player Personnel Justin Perez, Stocksdale, who plans to study business during his time with the Buckeyes, knew it was the right spot for him on and off of the football field.
“The coach I talk to the most is coach (Justin) Perez. I’m looking forward to the future with the program and becoming a better football player from the great coaching. With my commitment I waited until I got accepted and then my family and I talked and prayed about it and knew it was the place I wanted to go. I first told coach Perez about it and he said awesome news.”
Stockdale, who hauled in 38 receptions as a senior for nearly 900 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns, adds another solid walk-on addition to the Buckeyes roster. Landing numerous pledges from legacy and other under-the-radar standouts, he joins tight end Zak Herbstreit, offensive lineman Toby Wilson, athlete Cayden Saunders, long snapper Mason Arnold, and linebacker Jackson Kuwatch in the Buckeyes 2021 walk-on class.
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- You can’t get them all. While the staff at OSU landed Grayes and Stocksdale, it wasn’t all great news for Day and crew over the weekend. Missing out on a five-star cornerback to their arch rival, highly sought after class of 2022 defensive back Will Johnson (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) picked his home state Michigan Wolverines over Ohio State, and USC on Sunday as expected.
- Another 2022 defensive back the Buckeyes had their eye on won’t be calling Columbus home. As what most thought would take place, four-star safety and one time LSU pledge Bryan Allen Jr. (Aledo, TX/Aledo) will now suit up for his home state Texas Longhorns.
- Class of 2022 four-star offensive tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin (Charlestown, IN/Charlestown) is now one step closer to shutting down his recruitment after announcing his top 13 college programs on Saturday morning. Trimming his list down from over 60 offers from programs throughout the country, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Arizona State, Miami, Oregon, USC, Alabama, Kentucky, Florida State, Louisville, and Clemson are still in the mix for the massive 6-foot-7, 300-pound road block.