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2023 offensive tackle, Ohio State target named All-American

A week after landing his offer from the Buckeyes one of their 2023 targets is back in the headlines.

2023 OT Samson Okunlola
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Okunlola named All-American

Last week, four-star rated class of 2023 offensive tackle Samson Okunlola had the following to say to Land-Grant Holy Land soon after locking up his chance to suit up on the college level for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

“I was excited to get the offer. Ohio State is a good school and they have had good offensive linemen come out of there. They have a good coaching staff and they also have good academics.”

Fast forward a few days, and the 6-foot-5, 320-pound Thayer Academy (MA) product finds his name right back towards the top of the recruiting headlines once again. While he didn’t verbally commit to Ohio State or any of the many other college programs pursuing him at the moment, Okunlola did give his word to participate in one of the top high school events year-in-and-year-out.

Following in the footsteps of a long list of top talent including former and current Ohio State Buckeyes such as Ted Ginn, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Wyatt Davis, Jonathon Cooper, C.J. Stroud, Lathan Ransom, Gee Scott, and Paris Johnson Jr., Okunlola will line up in the 2023 All-American Bowl, formally the US Army All-American Bowl.

“It feels like a blessing and I’m just excited to compete. I chose the game because it just felt right to go cause out of all the games I want to go to this one.” Okunlola told Land-Grant Holy Land about his choice to attend the annual event held in San Antonio, Texas.

Considered the No. 7 offensive tackle and 78th overall prospect in the entire class of 2023, per the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Okunlola holds offers from not just Ryan Day, Greg Studrawa, and the Ohio State coaching staff, but also from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Rutgers, and USC.

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