With the NFL Draft kicking off tonight, the Buckeyes will once again have a chance to boast on the development they provide their players while in Columbus. Every year Ohio State sees their players called early and often, and it’s a trend that really shouldn’t stop for the foreseeable future thanks to how well the Buckeyes are recruiting.
Under Ryan Day, this program has seen waves of talent come in that keep them atop of the country. Regardless of how many Buckeyes are selected tonight in the first round of the draft, Ohio State will have further proof it is one of the very best at getting guys to the league.
Buckeyes make top five for 2022 top offensive lineman
The pursuit of offensive linemen in the 2022 class is clearly not over. Though the Buckeyes have numerous offers out to elite in-state and national players in the class, Ohio State still has some work to do on the trail before they feel comfortable about replenishing the position of key importance. Whether it be at tackle or guard, the next few months will be pivotal for Ryan Day and position coach Greg Studrawa to bring in guys that can meet their high expectations. If there’s been a knock on Stud, it’s been his inability to land the top national offensive tackle, but there’s still some time and opportunities to do just that in this current cycle.
On Wednesday, four-star Georgia native Addison Nichols gave Ohio State that extended opportunity to land a top national player in the trenches when he took to Twitter to release his top five schools list. Currently, Nichols ranks as the third-best offensive guard in the country and the 103rd-best player overall. Only a high school junior, at 6-foot-5, 305 pounds, Nichols lines up as a tackle and has every ability to do the same at the next level. A player who can be versatile, Nichols gives the college program of his choice the ability to have a bit of a safety net knowing he’d be suitable almost anywhere up front, which makes his that much more of a priority target.
After compiling 30 offers from many of the premier programs in the country, narrowing it to a final five is a great feat for the finalists. Making the cut for Nichols included Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, USC, and Ohio State. As you know by now, taking any top target out of SEC country can be tough, but no other program has done it as well and as often as Ohio State. If the Buckeyes can continue to pursue Nichols like a top priority in the class, we’ve seen them go into Georgia several times and beat out the local programs. This may be the next one, and at a position of course that is always top of the list.
New offer on the hardwood for the basket-Bucks
Let’s face it — the sour taste of the bitter end of Ohio State’s basketball season probably isn’t totally out of your mouth yet. That was just a painful way to see a fun team come to an end, but the bright spot is knowing majority of that team is back and is projected to be one of the better teams not only in the Big Ten, but the country at large. Chris Holtmann may have a bit of work to do in putting together his full staff this offseason, but recruiting is sure to be one of the top priorities for the program the same way it is on the football side of things.
On Wednesday, Ohio State dished out their latest offer when four-star small forward Dillon Mitchell announced via Twitter that the Buckeyes have entered his recruitment. The 6-foot-7, 180-pound Florida native is currently ranked as the 37th-best player at his position for the 2022 class and the 131st-best player nationally. With offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, and a host of others, Mitchell is a hot commodity already to the more local programs, but with Ohio State now in the mix too, it’s not out of the question that his recruitment will only further escalate moving forward.
With all glory to god, I am beyond blessed to have received an offer from The Ohio State University! @reale1t1 @BishopMHoops @JakePerper @VerbalCommits @BayAreaHoopsfl @RussHoops @DerrickSharp @seancampbell400 @RiczerAD pic.twitter.com/JCBVpIMHZc— Dillon Mitchell (@Dillonmit_23) April 28, 2021
The Buckeyes this early on have the top ranked 2022 class in the country with three guys already in the fold, but this offer to Mitchell shows they’re not done quite yet. Though the 2020-2021 season may not have ended the way anyone would have liked, the amount of talent returning and the recruiting of future classes shows this basketball program is still in good hands with Holtmann at the helm.
- Class of 2022 four-star cornerback Camron Miller shared yesterday that he will be visiting Ohio State — like many other top national players — the first weekend of June. The 28th-best corner in the class, Miller is also the 281st-player nationally and the 32nd-best player in Florida, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.
- The rumors continued to circle through the web this week that the Buckeyes are still thought to be in good position to land Tennessee transfer linebacker Henry To’oto’o. Further comments like the one below as well as the Crystal Ball prediction by 247Sports Ohio State insider Bill Kurelic certainly do ramp up the excitement that a move could be coming here sometime in the near future.