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Buckeyes make the cut for 2023 5-star, dish out offers to multiple Florida natives

Ohio State’s recruiting efforts in Florida are at an all-time high it seems.

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Believe it or not, the busy recruiting month of June is nearing its end. Things on the trail, however, haven’t slowed down even a bit, as this week has been another fast-paced camp-filled few days for the coaching staff, and as has been the case all month, headlines were plenty.

After offering more prospects in future classes, Ryan Day and his crew are gearing up for these last seven days where they have the ability to host and evaluate players in person before the dead period once again commences.

Buckeyes make the top-three for 2023 5-star

It’s pretty common for Ohio State to find their name in the top-schools list for seemingly every one of their top targets. Yesterday, the Buckeyes once again found themselves still in the running when 5-star target Treyaun Webb cut down his list to a final three schools per his Twitter account.

The nation’s third best athlete and 34th best player nationally for his 2023 class, Webb holds over 40 offers so trimming the list down to a final three schools couldn’t have been easy. Making the cut was Ohio State of course followed by Georgia and Oklahoma. In addition to the update, Webb also announced that his commitment would be made on CBS Sports this coming August.

A little background on Webb, he was at one time committed to Georgia after giving a very early verbal in 2019. Fast forward to this past January and Webb decided to re-open his recruitment and decommitted from the Bulldogs.

Fresh off of his visit to both Ohio State and Oklahoma, Webb would be a big time addition for any of the three programs. Based on how these things typically play out after a decommitment, one would think that Ohio State and Oklahoma are really the two main options to add him to their 2023 class.

Where Ohio State is concerned, the Buckeyes have an excelled track record not only in Florida, but with Webb’s high school program specifically. After landing a handful of Trinity Christian players the last several years, Ohio State is hoping to once again keep the pipeline open and show Webb why Columbus will be the best spot for him.

In regards to Oklahoma though, Lincoln Riley sent out the “eyeball” emoji tweet that he’s becoming known for, and almost certainly Webb was the reason why. Lastly, Georgia clearly has familiarity with Webb and will hope that they can rekindle the flame before August. This one will be wrapping rather quickly, but the Buckeyes will continue to do work with Webb until pen is on paper.

Florida natives receive Ohio State offers

All week long, Ohio State has been hosting prospects from all over, but it’s the Florida players that seem to have been the ones garnering most of the attention. Like several others this month, on Wednesday, multiple guys from the Sunshine State came away with offers and (more importantly) left Columbus feeling that their treks north were more than worth their time.

First up on the list is class of 2023 prospect, Cedrick Hawkins who picked up an offer after camping with the Buckeyes this week. Hawkins is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete out of the well known, Cocoa High School program.

Currently ranked as the 14th best athlete in the country per 247sports, Hawkins is also considered to be the 114th best player nationally and the 25th best player in Florida for the 2023 cycle. Though he is listed as an athlete on his player profile, Cedrick is a free safety for his prep team and likely projects to do the same at the next level sticking in the defensive secondary.

Having nearly 20 offers under his belt already, this Ohio State offer should help his stock rise. Schools such as Florida, Florida State, Arizona State, Tennessee, Penn State, and more have thrown their hat into the ring, but it’s the first three programs mentioned that are most linked to Hawkins during this phase of his recruitment.

Clearly the Buckeyes were impressed and — as they have done countless times already — they should be a strong player moving forward as they get to know Cedrick even better.

Now on the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes also dished out a new offer in the 2024 class. On the receiving end, Joshisa Trader took to his Twitter account to share the latest news that Ohio State has now officially entered his recruitment. A wide receiver prospect, Trader plays his prep ball for Monsignor Pace and though he’s only a high school freshman, he’s seeing a steady uptick in his recruiting with double digit offers.

He may not have a recruiting ranking yet — strictly due to his class status — but when the time comes, odds are that Trader will be near the top of the board in his class.

At 5-foot-11, 160 pounds, some of the notable schools to offer this early are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Miami. Brian Hartline has been the best receiver recruiter in the country for the last couple of cycles, and surely his track record will only continue to produce elite results. Now that Trader has the Buckeye offer, Hartline can go to work to convince Trader that Columbus is the best place for him to play his college football.

Finally, another class of 2024 prospect received an Ohio State offer yesterday. Like the aforementioned Trader, this Florida native is also a Monsignor Pace product and also plays the same position. Jeremiah Smith, a 6-foot, 160-pound receiver came away from Ohio State with his latest offer.

The two should draw close comparisons for the next couple of years in their respective recruitments, but again, Smith holds offers from many of the same schools as Trader, like Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Miami.

Jeremiah should be another one of the higher ranked players at his position when the rankings come available, and the Buckeyes will hope that their early interest will help them in the long run as they have planted several flags in South Florida over the stretch of this busy recruiting week.

Quick Hits:

  • Getting to Columbus yesterday, the nation’s top receiver in the 2023 class Brandon Inniss had a very solid day of camp for the Buckeyes, and looks to be enjoying himself off the field as well. Hoping to land the top-ranked receiver yet again, Hartline will have the help of assistant WR coach Keenan Bailey who is a Broward County native himself and has a great deal of experience recruiting his home town.

Surely Hartline and Ohio State will be in this recruitment for the long haul, trying to keep the streak alive of bringing in the best receiver in the country in the class again.

  • Yesterday, Stanford picked up a commitment to their 2021 class thanks to the addition of Wilfredo Aybar. Originally a class of 2022 edge rusher, Aybar recently had been a player that the Buckeyes looked to be in great position to land as he reclassified to the 2021 class.

After multiple crystal ball predictions in favor of Ohio State in the last two weeks, it’s Stanford that has come in and grabbed this commitment. Could this be a sign that the Buckeyes are only able to bring in one more guy for their 2021 class? We will hope that’s the case, but this is certainly a bit of a curveball after what looked to be an Ohio State trend.

  • The football program wasn’t the only team to send out offers yesterday. Chris Holtmann and the mens’ basketball Bucks made a 2023 offer to 6-foot-6 small forward, Dailyn Swain. An in-state target, Swain does not currently have a recruiting rankings, but now has four offers to his name.