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Ohio State targets set to announce soon

The Buckeyes may soon have more fireworks in their future as two of their top targets set commitment dates.

Four-star 2022 LB Shawn Murphy
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Mondays are always busy, and as usual this was the case for the Ohio State football team and the coaching staff. If you missed any of the action, Land-Grant Holy Land has you covered on all things Ohio State recruiting related.

2022 four-star LB announces commitment date

Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the nation’s top groups — if not the top. With 17 verbal commitments, Ohio State currently sits atop the 247Sports team rankings with a significant gap between them and the No. 2 class, Penn State.

With the class being close to full, there is still room for Ohio State to add more elite-level talent. They are hoping to do so early next month as one of their top remaining targets in this class has set a commitment date.

Four-star linebacker Shawn Murphy took to Twitter Monday to announce he will be selecting his collegiate school of choice on Aug. 1st.

Murphy has long been associated with Ohio State, and the Buckeyes have long been recruiting him with hopes he will join an incredible linebacker haul already for the Buckeyes in this class. The Buckeyes were one of the first to offer Murphy back in April of 2019 and are hoping the long-term relationship, as well as the relationships he has built with the other LB’s in this Ohio State class, will help secure his commitment for them in August.

Murphy included the Buckeyes in his top five schools earlier this month. Alongside the Buckeyes, he also included Alabama, LSU, Florida and Penn State in his top schools.

The blue-chip prospect has kept his recruitment close to the vest and it is anybody’s guess where he will end up. There is currently just one Crystal Ball prediction for Murphy in favor of Alabama, but with a confidence of just five out of 10.

Ohio State already has commitments from two of the nation’s top linebackers in this class in five-star C.J. Hicks and four-star Gabe Powers. The Buckeyes earlier held a commitment from four-star LB Dasan McCullough, but he ended up de-committing from the program to join his brother and father at Indiana. Murphy would be an excellent replacement for McCullough for the Buckeyes.

Murphy is the No. 67 overall prospect in the 2022 recruiting class and is the No. 7 LB. He is also the No. 2 prospect from the talent-rich state of Virginia.

2023 four-star TE set to commit this month

Ohio State’s 2022 class is shaping up to be one for the ages and as it quickly fills up, the coaching staff is hard at work trying to secure their first commitment in 2023. The work may payoff soon as one of the nation’s top tight end prospects has a commitment date in mind.

Four-star TE Mac Markway announced he will be making his decision public in one week.

Ohio State played host to Markway last month and the visit seemingly could not have been better. Following the visit, Markway said he was “blown away” with everything the program and coaching staff has to offer. Additionally, he also included the Buckeyes in his top seven schools earlier this month. Alongside Ohio State, he also included LSU, Florida, Alabama, Iowa, Notre Dame and Missouri.

While Ohio State has done everything right in this recruitment, Markway — like Murphy — has also kept his recruitment close to the vest. There are no Crystal Ball predictions for him on 247Sports. Like everyone else, it seems like Ohio State will not learn if they will earn their first commitment of 2023 until next Tuesday.

Markway is the No. 93 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 4 TE. His is also the No. 3 player from the state of Missouri.

Make sure to stay up-to-date with Land-Grant Holy Land as we will keep you updated on both Murphy and Markway’s commitments and everything Ohio State recruiting.

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