The beat goes on for Ohio State recruiting. Though it’s already been an incredible week for Ryan Day and the rest of the coaching staff, Friday could prove to be another big one for July success thanks to a pivotal month of June. It may not always come in the form of a commitment, but it’s safe to say that the tireless hours and effort the entire staff put in last month is surely paying off in major ways.
A possible BOOOOM coming as soon as later today?
One would think the recruiting momentum for the Ohio State football program would start to slow down a bit, but that’s hardly the case for Ryan Day and his crew. Not even a week since their last commitment in the 2022 class, the Buckeyes could be in store for some good news later today as a potential boom looks to be in the works — and at a position that could certainly use some attention.
On Thursday, Colorado native offensive tackle George Fitzpatrick tweeted he would be announcing his commitment to the school of his choice on Friday. Ranked as the 27th-best offensive tackle and the second-best player in his home state in the 2022 class, Fitzpatrick holds nearly 30 offers to his name. While it’s not a dead set guarantee that Ohio State will be the call later today, it’s is worth mentioning that three different Crystal Ball predictions were submitted for Fitzpatrick recently and all were in favor of the Buckeyes. One of those forecasts were made by Director of Recruiting for 247Sports Steve Wiltfong, which is certainly telling.
I will be announcing my commitment tomorrow at 2:30 MST ‼️‼️— George Fitzpatrick (@georgefitz88) July 8, 2021
All of these signs should lead you to believe that Ohio State will land their latest 2022 commit, who is also their second product on the offensive line. A bit of an under the radar recruit, Fitzpatrick is still four-star prospect, but with how solid his film is, Ohio State would be getting a great player with tons of upside. At 6-foot-6, 285 pounds, Fitzpatrick has the height for the position and will surely be a player than will benefit from the Buckeye strength program where weight will certainly be put on his frame. May be early to call it for sure, but it definitely seems like this is Ohio State’s next commit.
Captain Buckeye himself CJ Hicks hinted as much via his Twitter — as he typically does when good news is just around the corner — so this timing lines right up with the Fitzpatrick announcement. We’ll know soon enough, but a boom looks to be coming soon as a great way to kickstart the weekend.
Basket-Bucks dish out their latest offer
With all of the attention the football program gets when it comes to recruiting, it sometimes can be a little easier to look past what Chris Holtmann and the basketball program is doing to bolster their future rosters with elite talent. The 2022 class for Ohio State is currently the top-ranked class in the country per 247Sports, but Holtmann and the rest of his staff know they have plenty of work still to do. After a busy month of June for the hoops program as well, July will be time for the staff to continue their best efforts for momentum to keep pace.
On Thursday, the Buckeyes were active on the trail once again when they sent out their latest offer in the 2023 class to Maryland native Malik Bowman. A 6-foot-7 power forward, Malik does not currently have a recruiting ranking per 247Sports, but does have nearly double-digit offers to his name so far in his recruitment. This latest offer from Ohio State should start a bit of a domino effect where more programs take a closer look at Bowman and what he brings to the table.
Schools such as Virginia Tech, Georgetown, West Virginia, DePaul, and others are already in the fold, but now the Buckeyes have entered the scene and could become a major player right away.
- Per Bill Kurelic, the Buckeyes are already a top school for the nation’s third-best offensive tackle in the 2023 class. Chase Bisontis of Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey also checks in as the 34th-best player in the country regardless of position. A 6-foot-5, 290 pound mauler, this is another prime opportunity for position coach Greg Studrawa to prove he can land a top national tackle target.
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