On Saturday, the Buckeyes will wrap up their 2021 spring football practices with their Scarlet versus Gray spring game. Although this will be a bit different than a typical spring game thanks to no live tackling, it’s still the first in-depth chance to see the 2021 roster and how they are looking after the last couple weeks of practice. After losing out on most of the spring last year, having fans in the stands to watch tomorrow’s glorified scrimmage is something of normalcy and an aspect worth being excited for regardless if it’s just practice and situational competition. The good news is they’re playing, and that’s all anybody can ask for.
In addition to the good news of Saturday’s game, the NCAA did publicly come out and address that prospective student athletes would be able to commence their official visits starting on June 1. This is not a real change in the news, as most saw this coming thanks to several hints, but getting the word from the actual NCAA officials is still a sigh of relief for both players and coaches. The Buckeyes already look to be jammed packed with visitors this coming June, and the coaching staff will certainly make up for lost time when they’re able to finally recruit their targets in person.
Division I to return to recruiting activities June 1: https://t.co/60kCjOmWmL pic.twitter.com/c9b93xERu9— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 15, 2021
2023 tight end makes plans to see OSU
With a bit of scarce depth in the tight end room on the 2021 roster, the Buckeyes have two tight ends already committed in their current 2022 recruiting class. Snatching up a pair of their top targets at the position is a big time win for the coaching staff since they really need to reload the room, surely under the impression that their top guy Jeremy Ruckert will be heading to the NFL after this season. Nonetheless, Ohio State has its guys thanks to Bennett Christian and Benji Gosnell, the 15th and 13th best tight-ends in the country respectively per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Looking ahead to the 2023 class, the Buckeyes will once again be after another one or two elite talents to come in as the next great tight end. After offering a couple of prospects in the class already, Ohio State can begin doing what they’re so good at, which is keying in early on their top targets and building relationships with them that seem to make lasting impressions. Having the ability to recruit these young men for the long haul makes Ohio State early frontrunners for a lot of the players they are after, and the tight end position won’t be any different with Kevin Wilson as the position coach.
Yesterday, the Buckeyes received some good news on the 2023 tight end front when Mac Markway, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound St. Louis, Missouri native, took to Twitter to share his visit schedule for this coming June. Loaded with big time visits, Markway will be seeing LSU, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, and of course Ohio State all in the same month. The visit to Columbus will be his first chance to speak with the coaches in person, and as the nation’s fourth best tight-end and 76th best player overall, he continues to see his recruitment soar. Ohio State will be glad to play host for one of the faster rising players in the country.
June/July Visit Schedule. Still scheduling more West Coast and Midwest Schools.Trying to visit as many as possible.— Mac Markway (@mac_markway) April 15, 2021
- June 4 LSU
- June 11 Alabama
- June 18 Notre Dame
- June 19 Michigan
- June 20 Ohio State
- June 26 Florida@adamgorney @SWiltfong247@zobrink @SteepDiesel
Being a St. Louis native certainly won’t hurt the Buckeyes here, as they have made several connections in the city and have come away with big time commitments in the past when recruiting that talent-rich area. The visit for Markway is scheduled for June 20, and while his next visit is six days later to Florida, maybe that will allow for a multiple-day stay near campus. If not, the staff will use any time at all with Markway to show him why coming to Ohio State as the next in the St. Louis pipeline is the right decision.
- 2021 Ohio State preferred walk-on commit, Mason Arnold is currently in Columbus visiting campus, as he tweeted yesterday. The long-snapper who committed to Ohio State back in February made the trek from his Tampa, Florida home, likely to attend the spring game.
Columbus, Ohio— Mason Arnold (@Masona57) April 15, 2021