It’s only Week 2 of the regular season, but Saturday already feels like one of the biggest games of the entire year. With Oregon coming to town, the Buckeyes face a stiff national test, and odds are this game could have some effect on postseason implications. Make no mistake about it, this coaching staff is well prepared and has the team geared up for a key performance on Saturday, but the butterflies will still be there due to how big this match-up is.
In addition to the importance of the matchup, there’s also serious implications on the recruiting trail too, since the Buckeyes are playing host to many of their top targets. Whether it’s an unofficial or official visit this weekend, Ohio State will have tons of elite talent on-hand ready to see the Buckeyes in action, and a win would further exemplify how incredible a game day atmosphere is in Columbus. Hoping this weekend leads to further great impressions with many of the top players on their board, with the Early Signing Period is coming in 2022 and needing to get the ball rolling in 2023, this game is the perfect time to do just that.
Pair of big time QBs will be in Columbus
Ohio State’s plans in the 2022 class in terms of quarterback recruiting are up in the air thanks to the reclassification of Quinn Ewers. Certainly with the four guys in the room being redshirt freshmen or true freshmen, the Buckeyes don’t need a guy in the 2022 class, but as we’ve seen before, depth is always appreciated and many times necessary. It’s hard to tell if the Buckeyes will actually pursue someone in this current cycle, but surely in 2023 and 2024 the train will get rolling again as a class leader will be needed.
This weekend, Ohio State will host two big time quarterbacks that very well could be on their radar in the upcoming cycle, but surely one of the two will be top priorities. One in each of the 2023 and 2024 class, Ryan Day and position coach Corey Dennis will be busy with game day, but will also carve out some time for these two guys. In the 2023 class, Dylan Lonergan out of Georgia will make the trek back up to Columbus this weekend, as he also did earlier in the summer when he received his offer after an impressive camp performance.
Ranked as the sixth-best signal caller in the 2023 class, Lonergan also checks in as the 77th best player overall in the country and the eighth best player in Georgia for his cycle. A true pocket-passer type, Loneragn’s 6-foot-2, 215 pound frame has done well through two full seasons of prep ball, but his junior and senior campaigns should be pretty exciting to watch as well. With him on campus this weekend, it’s just another opportunity for him to see how Ryan Day develops his position and what Ohio State brings to the table to the most important spot on the field.
I’ll be in Columbus this weekend! pic.twitter.com/709DnO7USA— Dylan Lonergan (@_dylanlonergan) September 8, 2021
In the 2024 class and easily a top priority for this entire weekend, five-star Jadyn Davis will also be in attendance and returning for the first time since his late July visit, when he was the only quarterback prospect invited to Ohio State’s summer BBQ recruiting event. No secret at all, Davis is very clearly atop the list for the Buckeyes at the position for the 2024 cycle, and it’s pretty clear that he will be the top guy for most of the best programs in the country.
Ranked as the top player overall in the country and the top QB of course, Davis, much like the aforementioned Ewers, seems to be one of those rare transformational type of guys. The Buckeyes have been very upfront with him from the get go how important he is to their staff, and being a guy who was the only invited player at his position for a big weekend like their July BBQ surely backs up what the staff is saying.
There’s a ton of time in this recruitment, but you have to like Ohio State’s chances thanks to what Day does with the QB position.
I will be in Columbus this weekend #GoBuckeyes⭕️ @ryandaytime @CoreyDennis_ @OhioStateFB— Jadyn Davis (@iamjadyndavis) September 8, 2021
Ohio State’s latest offer on the hardwood
With how big this weekend is for Ohio State’s football program in terms of both the result and for recruiting, of course it’s Day’s staff that receives most of the attention. Over on the hardwood, Chris Holtmann and the hoops staff have also been keeping busy with recruiting efforts of their own. Whether it be staying in touch with their top targets or even offering new prospects, the Buckeyes are showing no signs of stopping as they look to keep their 2022 class that is currently ranked atop of the country per 247Sports in that spot.
Late Tuesday night the latest Ohio State basketball offer came to light with 2023 prospect Matas Buzelis. A long and lengthy 6-foot-10, 175 pound small forward out of New Hampshire, Buzelis is really seeing his recruitment stock continuing to pick up steam with several programs. Currently, Buzelis is ranked as the nation’s 27th best player overall as well as the seventh best at his position for the 2023 class per the 247Sports Composite. Additionally, Matas is the second best player out of New Hampshire in this 2023 cycle.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 6’10” playmaker Matas Buzelis’23 @BuzelisMatas of @BrewsterHoops & @TheMacIrvinFire has earned an offer from The Ohio State University #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/0M2r9XGdx6— ℯ ℯ (@Andrew__Slater) September 9, 2021
With double digit offers to his name already, Buzelis is well deserving of his high four-star status, and has further proved that on the AAU circuit as well as his prep team. Schools such as Wake Forest, Illinois, Arizona, Florida State, and now Ohio State among a handful of others are currently in the fold, and it’s probably only a matter of time before more top schools enter the scene.
A lot of the attention has been directed at the Buckeyes and their 2022 class due to it’s success, but Holtmann and his crew are looking to do much of the same in 2023 as they continue to build strong rosters with key depth. With this latest offer, it further gets the ball rolling for a solid run in the next cycle as well.