This weekend will already be the second big visitor get together of the month for the Buckeyes. With a star-studded guest list last weekend and these past couple of days, Ohio State’s coaching staff has been working overtime on the recruiting trail, and it’s already paying off with many of their top targets. Whether it’s the football team or even basketball, both programs are putting their best foot forward and showing why Ohio State is the perfect destination. Probably doesn’t hurt either that both sports have the top-ranked recruiting classes in the country right now.
It’s a great time to be a Buckeye, and in this case that goes for multiple sports.
Bucks offer transfer portal receiver prospect
Everyone knows already how incredible receivers coach Brian Hartline is for Ohio State. In both his on-field development and of course on the recruiting trail, Hartline has proved himself to be arguably the best in the business at his role. After landing top-ranked wide receivers like’s it nothing, Ohio State has become a factory for the best in the country at the position the last couple of years. Having a loaded room this coming season and yet again in the near future thanks to bringing in another elite group of guys, stretching the defense downfield should be pretty easy this fall and moving forward for any quarterback.
When it comes to offering receiver prospects, Hartline and the rest of the offensive staff know exactly what they’re looking for, and their success rate has been out of this world for the better part of three years. Top prep stars are coming in droves to play for Hartline, but on Thursday, the Buckeyes offered a player who isn’t the traditional recruit they’re used to extending an offer too. After working out in front of the Buckeye staff, Daylen Baldwin impressed enough that he came away with the opportunity to play for Ohio State if he so chooses.
A class of 2017 receiver and native of Farmington Hills, Michigan, Baldwin is currently in the transfer portal as a 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver. Signing with Morgan State out of high school, Baldwin then transferred to Jackson State and is currently looking to transfer again. Being an under-the-radar recruit as a prospect in 2017, Baldwin never had any big time college offers, but his production at Jackson State has given him opportunities to pursue a career on a larger stage. With Ohio State now in the mix, it’s easily his biggest offer to date.
After receiving the offer, Baldwin spoke with 247Sports analyst Allen Trieu regarding his feelings on being offered by the Buckeyes and a little glimpse into what comes next. The main question moving forward though is how serious Ohio State is about Baldwin and the potential of him becoming a Buckeye. One would probably lean towards the belief that the receiver room is plenty crowded enough, but clearly Hartline and company saw plenty to be impressed with. A decision looks to be coming near the end of the month for Baldwin, so Ohio State shouldn’t have to wait long to see what becomes of this somewhat untraditional offer.
OSU offers class of 2022 hooper
On the hardwood, Ohio State currently boasts the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for the 2022 cycle. With three guys in the fold, Chris Holtmann is proving his worth on the recruiting trail as he continues to build his program in his short tenure. This June has already seen multiple new offers go out to top level players, and with the staff hosting several of these guys on campus over the next couple of weeks, it’s another perfect opportunity to continue the momentum on the trail.
On Thursday, the Buckeyes were at it again offering yet another new player. In the current 2022 cycle, Christ Essandoko took to his Twitter account to announce that Ohio State was the latest program to enter his recruitment and in a big way. A 6-foot-11, 260-pound power forward, Essandoko may be a bit of a lesser known recruit in his class. Not having a ranking on his 247Sports profile, the Paris, France native who now plays his prep ball in North Carolina has seen a jolt in his recruitment as just last week it was another Big Ten program in Maryland who offered.
Now up to nearly double-digit offers to his name, Essandoko could be one of the late risers in the 2022 class. Having schools such as Rutgers, Nebraska, Wake Forest, and now Ohio State among a few others to choose from, it’s not out of the question to think more programs will soon follow suit with an offer of their own. As the rest of this month rolls on, we’ll continue to get a good idea for who the Buckeyes are looking to bring in as a part of not only 2022, but classes in the near future as well.
Blessed to receive an offer from Ohio State University pic.twitter.com/5RgWP3Eft4— Christ Wilson Essandoko (@christ5esdk) June 10, 2021
- Camping at Ohio State on Wednesday of this week, the nation’s best running back in the 2023 class looks to have had a great time in Columbus. As someone who has made it very clear how much he respects position coach Tony Alford, the Buckeyes look to be in a solid spot right now for Richard Young.
- 2023 LB Jaden Yates was at Ohio State for a camp on Thursday afternoon. A 6-foot-2, 220-pound backer out of Gahanna, OH, Yates does not yet hold an offer from the Buckeyes, but it wouldn’t be at all shocking if one comes soon.
- The hoops staff also sent out an offer to 2023 center prospect Austin Parks on Thursday. A 6-foot-9, 240-pound big man out of Saint Marys, Parks could become an important in-state target for Ohio State in the next cycle.
Congratulations to 2023 Austin Parks (@AustinParks2023) on receiving a scholarship offer from THE Ohio State University (@OhioStateHoops)!— #OhioBuckets (@OhioBuckets) June 10, 2021
Huge thanks to @ChrisHoltmann, @ryanpedon, @JakeDiebler and staff for an awesome visit to Columbus today!
GO BUCKEYES! ⭕️⚪️ @SpyReportOH pic.twitter.com/XC2PQjNVY9