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Four-star defensive tackle lists Ohio State among leaders

The Buckeyes are now one step closer to adding another IMG Academy product to their roster.

2022 DT Dominick “Nick” James
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While out enjoying the warmer weather over the weekend with family 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 get you caught back up with things.

Four-star DT names leaders

Already holding verbal pledges from a large list of highly sought after prospects and sitting pretty with even more, Ryan Day and the Ohio State football staff learned they’re still in the mix for a four-star rated class of 2022 defensive tackle on Saturday afternoon. Announcing his current top 12 colleges via his Twitter account, IMG Academy (FL) lineman Dominick “Nick” James has trimmed things down from over 20 offers from programs throughout the country.

Planning to shut his recruitment down fully in the coming months, Ohio State, South Carolina, Oregon, Alabama, USC, Wisconsin, Penn State, Arizona, Florida, Texas A&M, UCF, and Georgia are now fighting it out for the 6-foot-2, 270-pounder.

Racking up over 70 total tackles during has last two seasons suiting up on the high school level, James is currently considered the No. 14 defensive tackle and 201st overall prospect in the class of 2022, according to the latest 247Sports Composite Rankings.

James would keep the IMG Academy to Ohio State pipeline much alive. Joining numerous of his teammates in having the Buckeyes among their possible college destinations, James could suit up with former Ascenders such as Taron Vincent, Marcus Williamson, and Lejond Cavazos in the Scarlet and Gray.

2023 TE talks OSU offer

Ryan Day and the Ohio State football squad are still trying to close its class of 2022 off strong, but that doesn’t mean they’re sleeping on the ultra-talented 2023 class. Building bonds and dishing out offers to many top rated soon-to-be-juniors in recent weeks, four-star tight end Mac Markway isn’t taking his chance to call Columbus home very lightly.

“Coach Wilson contacted me early in the morning. I called him and he was awesome. This wasn’t the first time I’ve talked to him. Coach Wilson even before they offered me said they are going to recruit me like they already offered me. We are just building a relationship now.” The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Saint Louis (MO) native told Land-Grant Holy Land.

“[When I think of Ohio State] winning, great fans and tradition (comes to mind). Coach Wilson and I have been talking since my freshman year.” Markway, who holds offers from not just Ohio State, but also from the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M, USC, and West Virginia, went onto add.

A top-100 prospect in his class, Markway has a deep bloodline to college football and the tight end position. His father Matt (Iowa), uncle Steve Wisnewski (Ohio State), and cousin Kyle Markway (South Carolina) all lined up at the collegiate level.

Wanting to get a better feel for the program and campus overall for himself, Markway plans to check out Columbus this upcoming summer. While he’s still building relationships with the staff and getting more familiar with the program as a whole, he’s well aware of what Ohio State can do for their athletes.

“One of my idols has always been Nick Bosa. I admire how hard he trains. I hope to come into college with his strength and mentality and take it to the tight end position.”

See what Mac Markway could add to the Buckeyes with these highlights of him in action for the DeSmet Spartans last season: