It seems to be a daily occurrence that the Buckeyes add another visitor to the guest list for the month of June, and regardless of what weekend it is, Ohio State will have a packed house. Sure to be one of the busiest times in recruiting as the program looks to make up for lost time, odds are pretty solid that the guest list will only continue to grow as the summer gets closer and closer. There’s certainly no summer vacation on the horizon for this staff
2023 DB locks in OSU visit dates
There hasn’t been a position group that has seen more chatter lately than the defensive backs. Specifically at the cornerback spot, the Buckeyes have some serious recruiting momentum, and that further proves how important that position is to the staff. Whether it’s the coaches offering new prospects in the 2022 and 2023 classes or the latest commitments, Ohio State’s cornerback recruiting is blazing full steam ahead and next month could further continue that trend.
On Thursday, the Buckeyes gained another visitor to their busy month of June when 2023 cornerback Ethan Nation locked in his trip to Columbus. A 6-foot, 170-pound prospect planning on coming to campus June 22, Nation was just offered by Ohio State earlier this week. Clearly showing his interest in the Buckeyes and what they do at the cornerback position in terms of development, it didn’t take Nation long to plan a trip to check out campus and the rest of what Ohio State can offer him.
Ranked currently as the 10th-best corner in the 2023 class as well as 110th-best player nationally, the Roswell, Georgia native is already piling up the accolades on his young prep career. With an incredible 40-plus offers to his name already from the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU, Georgia, Notre Dame, and every other major program in the country, Nation will be a top priority at a position of importance until he signs in nearly two years.
For the Buckeyes, they can tout early and often their success with cornerbacks and even the players they pluck out of Georgia. If it’s any indication of his thoughts of the Buckeyes, in addition to planning a trip that quickly, the Ohio State offer is his “pinned tweet” on his Twitter profile. Surely the Buckeyes will be a heavy player in his recruitment moving forward.
A new receiver on the radar in 2022?
Ohio State has the cream of the crop yet again in their 2022 class at the receiver position thanks to position coach Brian Hartline and his ability to pretty much get anyone and everyone he wants. Already with two incredible top commits in Caleb Burton and Kyion Grayes, the top receiver in the country and the 14th best at the position, respectfully, one would think the Buckeyes would be all set not need to take another wideout — especially considering their epic haul just a year ago in the 2021 class.
Still, the Buckeyes will at least entertain the thought of adding another to the fold and could be doing so with any number of players as Hartline and Ohio State once again sit at or near the top of the list for several targets. One name that could be joining the ranks of the contenders is Texas native, Landon Samson.
A Southlake Carroll product and teammate of Buckeye 2022 QB commit,Quinn Ewers, Samson is currently a three-star prospect who is thought to be the 125th-best receiver in the country. Obviously not near the typical star power the Buckeyes have grown accustomed to having at wideout, Samon is a player that had a big junior campaign after coming back from injury, and clearly the relationship with Ewers doesn’t hurt either.
Per Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports, Samson looks to be favoring Nebraska at this time. In fact, Wiltfong has his Crystal Ball prediction on the Huskers for Samson, and knowing the first weekend of June Samson will be on an official visit to Nebraska, it’s not hard to see why they are the likely leaders.
However, a trip is now slated for Samson to head to Ohio State the last weekend of June, when Ewers will also be in attendance, and Wiltfong believes it’s not out of the question that the Buckeyes couldn’t offer him while on his stay. If they do, that will be the one sign that shows how serious you should pay attention moving forward. For now, we wait until the summertime.
- The prep accolades aren’t quite done yet for current freshman QB Kyle McCord, as on Thursday he was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in his home state of Pennsylvania. Ironcially, this gives Ohio State back-to-back Pennyslvania players to win the award, with the former coming from current receiver Julian Fleming.