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Five-star DL sets up Ohio State official visit

Ryan Day and crew will finally have the chance to show their last class of 2021 target around the OSU campus.

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Between running errands, doing things around the house, and hanging out with family and friends over the Memorial Day weekend you might’ve missed out on some of the latest recruiting news surrounding your Ohio State Buckeyes. Don’t Worry! Land-Grant Holy Land is here to help get you caught back up with things.

Tuimoloau sets up visits

After having most college recruiting followers on the edge of their seat for what seems like a lifetime five-star class of 2021 defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau is now one step closer to finally shutting down his recruitment and taking his talents to the college ranks. Setting up five official visits, the Eastside Catholic (WA) standout broke the news to recruiting analyst Brandon Huffman that he will make stops at Washington (June 4-6), USC (June 14-16), Ohio State (June 18-20), Oregon (June 20-22), and Alabama (June 25-27) before ultimately announcing his commitment in either late June or early July.

Looked by some as a lean to join the already star-studded group of 2021 Buckeyes, the 6-foot-4 277-pound All-American had the following to say on what he likes about the Ohio State program.

“Coach Larry Johnson has a history and he has a long tradition of putting people in the league. He knows what he’s doing and talking about. Talking to coach (Ryan) Day, we have built a strong bond with the both of them. Coach Johnson is considered the top of what he’s doing and he has a history and I’ve been able to watch it.”

Growing up on the other side of the United States the top overall prospect in the class of 2021, according to 247Sports, would have a familiar face on campus is he does decide to call Columbus home. Current Buckeye tight end and former Eastside Catholic star Gee Scott is from the same area in Washington as Tuimoloau.

While it isn’t over until its finally over, Huffman had the following to say on what he could bring to the table for whichever program lands his talents.

“Powerful, athletic and nimble, with room to still add significant weight at the next level. Has lined up on the edge, mixing with hand down while also standing up. Elite pass rusher, who can mix a variety of moves with pure strength to shed his blockers. Can drop into coverage against running backs, receivers and tight ends and has the athleticism and ball skills to be a force in coverage. Has even played safety. Could be a top tight end prospect if he focused on offense, with natural pass-catching skills, ability to track the ball and high point it and run after the catch. Also a high-major basketball player, averaging nearly a double-double in prep career. As he continues to add weight and strength, figures to be among the elite pass-rushers at the next level. Projects as an instant impact Power 5-starter and a Top Ten overall draft pick.”

Quick Hits

  • Class of 2022 defensive lineman Christen Miller will unofficially visit the Ohio State University campus on Tuesday. Miller, a four-star prospect from Georgia, holds scholarship offers from not just OSU, but also programs such as Louisville, USC, and his home state Bulldogs.
  • Like many others five-star rated class of 2022 offensive tackle Zach Rice has also set up his June visit schedule. On June 1st Rice will leave his Virginia home and head to the University of North Carolina before arriving in Columbus to mingle with Ryan Day and crew on June 4-6. After seeing what OSU has to offer the 6-foot-6 282-pounder will check out Virginia (June 11-13), Alabama (June 18-20), and Notre Dame (June 25-27).
  • Chris Holtmann and the basketball Buckeyes will soon host four-star small forward Dillon Mitchell, according to Jamie Shaw of Rivals. Before making the trek to Columbus on June 20, the Bishop McLaughlin Catholic (FL) junior will visit Auburn on June 8th before ending the month out at the University of Tennessee on June 27.