Today is the big day in Columbus as No. 3 Ohio State is set to take on No. 12 Oregon in just a few hours. It’s the first meeting for the programs since the Buckeyes took care of business against the Ducks back in the 2015 College Football Playoff Championship that was played in Arlington, Texas. But this time the contest will take place in familiar territory for the home team which gives the scarlet and gray an opportunity to host some of the nation’s very best prospects in hopes of making an impact in their respective recruitments.
With the 2022 being at the forefront for Head Coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, Land Grant Holy-Land will take a look at some of this year’s high school seniors that will roam the sideline first before hitting on some current juniors that are also expected.
Class of 2022
Ohio State’s pursuit of offensive lineman to join the likes of four-star trench duo Tegra Tshabola and George Fitzpatrick is still alive and well. The Buckeyes are expected to welcome a trio of prospects that are very much in-play at the position going forward. Making the long trip over from the west coast will be high four-star interior offensive lineman Earnest Greene of St. John Bosco (CA). The No. 61 overall player in the class will be on an official visit with the program. The two other that the Buckeyes plan on hosting is four-star interior offensive lineman Carson Hinzman of Saint Croix Central (WI) and in-state four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner of Wayne (OH). Both have previously taken official visits to Ohio State so both will come on their own dime — which is never a bad sign.
Moving along to the defensive side is where you will find two more blue-chip prospects taking official visits to the Buckeyes campus today. Long-time high four-star defensive line target Caden Curry from Center Grove (IN) and four-star defensive lineman Christen Miller of Cedar Grove (GA) will be making their official stops to the campus. Curry is a player that Ohio State very well could be in the driver’s seat for. As for Miller, the Buckeyes look to be behind in this race but they are nonetheless in the top group for the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder with another chance to impress.
Class of 2023
Some would say the Buckeyes start to the 2023 class has been underwhelming with just one commitment in the fold in four-star tight end Ty Lockwood of Independence (TN). However, the group of current high school juniors that will be pacing the sidelines in Ohio Stadium is enough to bring some excitement to the fanbase when you think about what could be.
Ohio State hasn’t seemed to put all of their eggs in one basket at the quarterback spot in the class so it will be interesting to see who ultimately takes that spot. One player that has an offer from the Buckeyes is four-star quarterback Dylan Lonergan of Brookwood (GA). Lonergan is one of three uncommitted prospects at the position that hold an offer from Ryan Day.
Much like the impressive group of 2022 offensive lineman expected, the Buckeyes have a similarly outstanding selection of 2023 prospects that Greg Studrawa is targeting up front. Likely the two biggest being four-star offensive tackle Luke Montgomery of Findlay (OH) and four-star interior offensive lineman Joshua Padilla of Wayne (OH). The two are in-state prospects that find themselves among the very best in the state of Ohio in their class and two that the Buckeyes undoubtedly want in the fold. Two others that will make their way from out-of-state include three-star offensive tackle Trevor Lauck of Roncalli (IN) and massive offensive tackle Zecheriah Owens of Eagle’s Landing Christian (GA). The two have yet to receive an offer from Ohio State but both hold some elite power five offers already.
Another St. John Bosco (CA) standout expected is five-star edge defender Matayo Uiagalelei, the No. 1 player in the country at his position. It will be the second visit to Columbus for Uiagalelei, as he previously made a stop to check out the campus back in June. Four-star linebacker Ta’Mere Robinson, the No. 9 LB overall, from Brashear (PA) is also expected.
Perhaps the very most important visit taking place today is can’t miss five-star safety Sonny Styles of Pickerington Central (OH). With a battle likely coming down to Notre Dame and Ohio State, anytime Styles is able to get on campus is a major win for the Buckeyes.
Among other defensive backs in the class that Ohio State is anticipating to be in attendance today include four-star safety Caleb Downs of Mill Creek (GA), four-star cornerback Jshawn Frausto-Ramos and four-star safety R.J. Jones of St. John Bosco (CA), and lastly, four-star cornerback Malik Muhammad of South Oak Cliff (MI).