If you spent your Monday enjoying the weather and taking in the smells of spring football on the horizon, you might have missed Ohio State again making the recruiting headlines. Don’t worry, Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered.
Four-star DT target delays recruitment
Ohio State has been dominating the 2022 recruiting cycle. Jumping out to a head start, the Buckeyes already hold 11 verbal commitments in the class, good enough for the No. 1 group in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Buckeyes received an update for one of their top defensive tackles in this class on Monday when Christen Miller announced he would be delaying his commitment date, which was originally scheduled for April 4.
After Praying And Talking To My Parents I Took And Heavy— Christen Miller (@Trenchking2) March 8, 2021
consideration I Will Not Be Committing April 4 (No Interviews At This Time)
The news of the delay could spell good news for the Buckeyes, as the team was late in the sweepstakes for Miller’s services. In fact, Ohio State didn’t officially offer Miller a scholarship until early February. This offer though appears to have made a strong impact on Miller.
In late January, Miller released a top four schools of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Indiana. Days later, when the Buckeyes offered, Miller quickly updated his top schools to include the Buckeyes. He would later do the same with USC, creating a top six schools.
While the quick addition to Miller’s top schools showed the impact Ohio State’s offer had on him, he still had a commitment date set for April. Miller was able to visit last fall for an Ohio State home game, but was unable to meet with coaches due to the dead period caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the dead period still in effect, a chance to meet with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff seemed out of the cards and the program was viewed as on the outside looking in.
However, now that Miller has delayed his recruitment, the Buckeyes will have more time to get him on campus in an effort to earn his commitment. Of course, there are no certainties he will be able to meet with Ryan Day and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, but the extra time only does Ohio State favors. The current dead period is scheduled to come to an end May 31, but there is still a chance it gets extended again.
Ohio State has made it known they are high on Miller and he has quickly become one of the Buckeyes’ top targets — especially as the team currently holds no commitments at the position. If Miller is able to schedule a visit to Ohio State later this spring, the Buckeyes could become the new favorites in this. At the very least, Mondays news is optimistic.
Miller is the No. 11 DT in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 164 overall prospect in the class.
- Since the hire of Steve Sarkisian at Texas, rumors have been coming out of the woodwork surrounding Ohio State five-star wide receiver commit and Texas native, Caleb Burton. The No. 1 WR in the country has shut down these rumors on multiple occasions, but that hasn’t stopped the noise and Burton seems to be done answering the same questions. Can you really blame him?
Think what you want, ain’t tryna clear no rumors up. pic.twitter.com/AjwyiYIiDO— Caleb Burton III (@calebburtoniii) March 8, 2021
- On Monday night, Ohio State finally offered four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner. A native of Dayton, OH, Wagner is the No. 13 OT in the 2022 class and the No. 5 in-state player in the cycle. With offensive tackle always an area of need for the Buckeyes, especially in this class, it is a bit surprising this offer did not come sooner. However, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound edge protector has now officially added Ohio State to his growing list of now more than two dozen offers. He will certainly be a name to watch moving forward.