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Ohio State offers 2023 DE

Ohio State is the latest program to offer 2023 four-star weak-side defensive end Matayo Uiagalelei.

2023 WDE Matayo Uiagalelei
via Greg Biggins, 247Sports

The Ohio State beat has been dominated by the Basketball Buckeyes as of late, and rightfully so as the team is officially a No. 2 seed in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament. So if you missed out on Ohio State making the football recruiting headlines to start the week, don’t worry because Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.

Ohio State offers 2023 four-star DE

With the Buckeyes dominating the 2022 recruiting cycle, the coaching staff has been afforded the luxury of refocusing some of their attention towards the 2023 recruiting cycle. This ability to establish relationships early in the recruiting process is one of many reason Ohio State has been one of the nation’s elite when it comes to recruiting.

The Buckeyes were able to start building a relationship with another highly-touted member of the soon-to-be junior class Monday when they sent an official scholarship offer to 2023 weak-side defensive end prospect, Matayo Uiagalelei. Already viewed as a four-star prospect by 247Sports, Uiagalelei took to Instagram to show off his new offer from the Buckeyes.

While the Buckeyes are getting involved early, Uiagalelei already holds nearly 20 scholarship offers from some of the nation’s most prestigious universities. The Buckeyes will be competing with the likes of Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, USC, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and others as the list will only continue to grow in the coming year or two.

Uiagalelei’s name should be familiar for those who follow college football, as he is the younger brother to Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei. The Buckeyes targeted the QB, but he spurned them in favor of the Tigers. Clemson has yet to offer the younger brother, but expect them to enter the race sooner than later and the relationship could make them immediate front-runners.

The Buckeyes have yet to secure a commitment in the 2023 recruiting class, but the coaching staff has been dishing out multiple offers to prospects in the past few weeks. Uiagalelei is the country’s No. 74 overall class of 2023 prospect, the No. 5 weak-side DE, and the No. 5 overall prospect in California.

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State secured two commitments in the 2021 recruiting class from Pennsylvania in five-star QB Kyle McCord and four-star WR Marvin Harrison Jr. Over the weekend, both attended the Mr. PA Football Virtual Awards Ceremony as the duo was nominated for the award given to the best high school football player in the state. The Ohio State freshman QB McCord won the award, but both had great seasons playing for St. Joseph Prep High School.
  • Ohio State 2023 running back target Richard Young showed off the love he has been receiving from Buckeye Nation on Twitter. Young also spoke with Chad Simmons of over the weekend and spoke on Ohio State and some other teams involved in his recruiting process. He mentioned he and Ohio State assistant coach Tony Alford have been in constant communication as of late.