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Buckeyes still on the trail in 2022, offer new LB prospect

The Buckeyes don’t look to be done yet as they offer a new linebacker in the 2022 class

Carson Tabaracci
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Ohio State’s coaching staff may be done with their June one-day football camps for now, but the recruiting work is still far from over for the Buckeyes. After finishing their final on-field camp earlier this week, this next week still provides enough time for more visits to take place. Surely the coaching staff will allow as many as possible if it means further momentum in both their current and future recruiting classes.

June may only have a few days left, but that’s plenty of time for this program to continue doing one of the things they do best at — which is of course recruiting.

Buckeyes offer 2022 linebacker out of Utah

When it comes to new offers, the future classes in 2023 and 2024 tend to receive all of the current attention. At this point in the 2022 cycle, the coaching staff has pretty much evaluated the majority of the players they’re interested in, and have offered all of the big name prospects that have the four and five-star status. Still, thanks to the year-long hiatus of in-person recruiting during the pandemic, this June has given the staff a chance to evaluate players on the camp circuit in person they otherwise would have to rely solely on highlight film to form their opinions.

On Thursday, the Buckeyes took full advantage of these in-person evaluations and dished out their latest offer to a class of 2022 linebacker prospect. On the receiving end, Carson Tabaracci took to his Twitter account to share the news that the Buckeyes have now entered his recruitment. A Utah native, Tabaracci has a true linebacker build, standing at 6-foot-2, 225 pounds. A three-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite rankings, Tabaracci specifically checks in as the 46th-best athlete in the country and the No. 9 player in his home state.

The offer to Tabaracci comes after he impressed the staff with a strong camp performance this past Tuesday. It clearly worked out, as he made the long trek to Columbus with the full intent of competing for an offer from the Buckeyes and doing so made his trip worth it. With Ohio State in the fold, that brings the offer total to over 20 schools for Tabaracci. Others include the likes of Stanford, USC, Oregon, Michigan, Nebraska, Utah, and a bunch more.

Of course it’s too early to tell how much of a player the Buckeyes will be moving forward for Tabaracci, but it’s also true that Ohio State has yet to fill the hole left by the de-commitment of linebacker Dasan McCullough. Sure, they have their offers out and certain candidates may be further along in the process, but at the very least this latest offer to Tabaracci is a chance for Ohio State and position coach Al Washington to continue sorting through the class to land their third linebacker in 2022.

Quick Hits

  • On Friday the Buckeyes will be getting another one of their big time targets on campus when class of 2022 edge rusher Enai White arrives in town. The Buckeyes haven’t made any noise in this cycle when it comes to landing defensive line prospects, but the fortunate part for Larry Johnson and Ohio State is they are in a great position for several of their top targets moving forward.

One of the top guys they’d love to add to the fold, and one of the top four-stars in his own right, White is currently the second-ranked edge rusher in the country and also checks in as the No. 39 player nationally. With over 40 offers to his name, this recruitment will go down to the wire considering the suitors. Powers such as Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, and of course Ohio State are all in the thick of things, but one aspect the Buckeyes have going for them is Larry Johnson and his expertise, as well as experience recruiting guys located close to the DMV.

This weekend will be a big one for the coaching staff as they look to make a lasting impression.