June is finally in the rear view mirror which means it’s once again a recruiting dead period for Ohio State and the rest of the college football world. With as busy as June was, after hosting 172 unofficial visitors and 44 official visitors in just 27 days, the Ohio State staff could sure use a much deserved break, but there’s no chance they’ll sit for long.
It may not lead to tons and tons of commitments in July, but there’s sure to be some fireworks for the Buckeyes as even Wednesday Ohio State added the 15th member of its 2022 class and look to be continuing their momentum as more of their top targets are either trimming down their lists of schools or coming close to a decision.
Buckle up. July may be just as exciting as June even without recruits on campus.
Texas domination continues for Ohio State
In case you missed it, the aforementioned 15th member of the 2022 recruiting class for Ohio State joined the fold on Wednesday, giving yet another high four-star to Ryan Day and the rest of the crew. Texas native Terrance Brooks (Little Elm, Texas/Little Elm) gave the Buckeyes the good news, and becomes yet another star from the hotbed of Texas that Ohio State is able to poach away from the Longhorns and others within state lines. In all honesty, it would take too long to mention very single Texas product the Buckeyes have stolen from the many in-state programs over the last few years, so we’ll stick to the script with this one and focus solely on Brooks.
Ranked as the eighth-best cornerback in the country per the 247Sports Composite grades, Brooks also checks in as the 58th best player nationally. Quite simply, this was a huge get for Ohio State and another elite defensive back in the 2022 haul. In all, the Buckeyes now hold commitments from Brooks, the fifth-best corner in the country in Jaheim Singletary, the 13th-best cornerback in Jyaire Brown, and not to forget another pair of Florida studs who will surely see rankings boosts in Kye Stokes and Ryan Turner to round out the defensive back class — and that’s before the Buckeyes have taken a safety commit, which is sure to come.
Not to beat a dead horse with this one, but Ohio State’s defensive back haul is incredible right now. What this staff continues to do in Texas on the trail is almost unheard of except for the fact that they continue to do this every year it seems. The Buckeyes boast a commitment from the nation’s top player Quinn Ewers — of course, another Texas native — but when you consider Ohio State only offered Brooks now 17 days ago and already have him in their 2022 class, that just further proves the Ohio State brand in Texas right now is at an all-time high.
Coach Coombs is certainly happy about this one, and the momentum could lead to another addition for 2022.
It doesn’t get much better than this! #unbelievablekidsfromfantasticfamiliesandgreatschools #thisunitistakingoff #theBuckeyeTrainisleavingdontgetleftbehind #whosnexttojointhefamily #BIA #GoBucks #Fight pic.twitter.com/9fvTdsuNY8— Kerry Coombs (@DB_CoachCoombs) June 30, 2021
Another Crystal Ball
Not that it’s 100-percent correct each time, but it’s almost a forgone conclusion when certain recruiting insiders cast their Crystal Ball predictions in favor of a certain school for said player. When Director of Recruiting for 247Sports Steve Wiltfong submitted a Crystal Ball prediction for Brooks, you had to know the commitment was coming soon and of course it did. The interesting piece here is that the Brooks Crystal Ball prediction wasn’t the only forecast in favor of the Buckeyes by Wiltfong this week.
Another Texas native in the 2022 class, Kam Dewberry (Humble, Texas/Atascocita), has been pegged to end up in Columbus. In what would be a monstrous addition for the Buckeyes and their offensive line, Dewberry is currently the tenth-best offensive tackle in the country and the No. 101 player nationally. Fresh off a visit to Ohio State this past weekend, it was easy to see Dewberry enjoyed his time as his social media accounts were full of pro-Ohio State updates. Add in the fact that Ewers has been in his ear too, it would make for the perfect addition to the class, getting yet another top national guy in the fold.
Bucks make the cut for 2023 receiver
Though a great deal of attention is being given to the more current 2022 recruiting class, a name that has been mentioned numerous times as of late has been 2023 receiver target Carnell Tate. An Illinois native who plays his prep ball at IMG Academy, Tate is already seemingly a top target for Hartline and the Buckeyes. Currently checking in as the fifth-ranked receiver in his class and the No. 42 player in the country, Tate will be a player Ohio State is in for until the very end due to their success at developing receivers for the next level and the prospect’s admiration of position coach Brian Hartline.
Having been to Columbus already, Tate has wasted no time in getting the inside scoop of the Buckeyes and what they have to offer. On Wednesday, Tate proved the Buckeyes are sticking out to him as he took to his Twitter account to release his top 10 schools list. With 30 offers to his name, cutting it down to 10 isn’t always easy, but the list included Ole Miss, Michigan, Texas, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, Illinois, Penn State, Notre Dame, and of course Ohio State.
Though that list is now available, early on this has really felt as if it will be an Ohio State and Notre Dame battle for his pledge. As mentioned, Tate has already been to Columbus multiple times and has done the same for Notre Dame. The Irish are quickly becoming a bit of a thorn in the side for the Buckeyes, but the fortunately Brian Hartline rarely if ever misses out on the receivers he wants most.
- On Wednesday, South Carolina added the commitment of receiver prospect Landon Samson. While Ohio State is rarely involved in the same picture in recruiting with South Carolina, Samson’s name is of importance here because of his relationship with Buckeye QB commit, Quinn Ewers. Besides the two being prep teammates, Samson just had a visit to Ohio State with Ewers this past June, and looked to be vying for his chance to earn an offer from the Buckeyes.
The offer from Ohio State never came (at least not yet), but the Buckeyes do seem to want to take four receivers in the class. While they still pursue Kojo Antwi, Samson could have been one they offered late in the game if they do in fact miss out on Kojo. That in theory could still happen, but for now Samson is headed to South Carolina.