Ohio State hit the ground running on the recruiting trail Monday. After securing verbal commitment number 12 in their 2022 recruiting class, the Buckeyes quickly turned their focus towards the 2023 recruiting class.
While Ohio State was able to get off to a quick head start with the 2022 recruiting class, the program has yet to earn a commitment from the 2023 class. In comparison, Ohio State had three verbal commitments in its 2022 class at this point last year.
However, this trend is common across the college football landscape mainly in part to the recruiting dead period from the COVID-19 pandemic. This dead period will finally be coming to an end this summer and the 2023 recruiting cycle will likely blow up because of this.
The shock waves from the upcoming end of the dead period are already being felt. Ohio State offered multiple prospects in next year’s class on Monday.
Check out more information on who Ohio State offered on Monday below:
4-star CB Ethan Nation
Hometown: Roswell, Georgia (Roswell)
Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, LSU Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Oregon, etc.
Recruitment Update: Nation has seen his recruitment take off as of late. In the last few months he has received more than a dozen offers, increasing his reported offer count to more than 40. He has yet to schedule any visits but will likely begin scheduling some soon this summer. The 6-foot-0 and 170-pound Nation is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the country’s No. 110 overall prospect, the No. 10 CB and the No. 12 prospect in Georgia.
After an amazing conversation with @CoachMattBarnes I’m beyond blessed and honored to receive an offer from THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY @I_Am_OD3 pic.twitter.com/Ly3zLM11ur— Ethan Nation (@ethannation5) May 10, 2021
4-star WR Johntay Cook II
Hometown: DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)
Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Notre Dame, Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, etc.
Recruitment Update: Like many in the 2023 recruiting class, Cook II has had a very busy spring with his offers coming in seemingly every week. Cook currently holds a reported 30 offers already in his recruitment. He hasn’t scheduled any upcoming visits as of yet, but again expect that to change shortly. The 6-foot-0 and 170-pound wide receiver is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the country’s No. 57 overall prospect, the No. 10 WR and the No. 10 prospect in Texas.
✞ Extremely Blessed to Earn an Offer From The Ohio State University❤️ @brianhartline #GoBuckeyes pic.twitter.com/FTHFAJKWTk— Johntay II⚡️ (@_jayythegreat_) May 10, 2021
3-star S Elliot Washington
Hometown: Venice, Florida (Venice)
Offers: Ohio State, Georgia, South Carolina, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Indiana, Michigan State, Wisconsin, UCF, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, etc.
Recruiting Update: Washington is more under-the-radar on the recruiting front when compared to the previous mentioned recruits. However, he has built an impressive offer list from more than a dozen schools and the pedigree of those schools is impressive nonetheless. Similar to the above Ohio State targets, Washington will likely start scheduling summer visits here soon. The 6-foot-1 and 190-pound safety has yet to receive a star ranking in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. However, he is a 3-star prospect in 247Sports own rankings. They also have him listed at No. 33 at his position and No. 62 from the state of Florida.
I Am Honored To Receive An Offer From Ohio State University ‼️@OhioStateFB @CoachTonyAlford @VeniceIndianFB @john_p34 @adamgorney @Andrew_Ivins pic.twitter.com/d3PZ16IAUy— Elliot Washington II (@ElliotWashingt9) May 10, 2021
- 2023 5-star QB and one of the more popular names college football has seen in a long time, Arch Manning reportedly wants to schedule a visit with Ohio State in the future. Manning, has visits scheduled with Clemson, SMU, Texas, Alabama and Georgia already but stated he has intentions to also visit with the Buckeyes as well as Stanford, USC, UNC, Virginia and more.
Manning is the No. 3 overall prospect in next year’s class and is the top-rated pro-style QB in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Expect Ohio State to do their due diligence in recruiting Manning now that the dead period is coming to an end.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Arch Manning has his June visits locked in with Clemson, SMU, Texas, Alabama, and Georgia.— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) May 10, 2021
The #1 QB in the Class of 2023 also wants to check out Stanford, USC, Ohio State, UNC, Virginia, and others. pic.twitter.com/LWyxCeEBIc
- Ohio State 2022 four-star offensive tackle verbal commit Tegra Tshabola cleared up any speculation of a visit to Kentucky and reaffirmed his commitment to Ohio State.
I am 100% committed to THE Ohio State University‼️ #GoBucks— Tegra Tshabola (@tshabola_tegra) May 10, 2021
I will not be visiting the university of Kentucky.— Tegra Tshabola (@tshabola_tegra) May 10, 2021