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A Boom in the near future could be coming
In the last couple of weeks, Ohio State has made an effort to flip Michigan native, Gabe VanSickle. The Coopersville product committed to Northwestern in May and was solid in his verbal to the Wildcats for months, but a de-commitment earlier this week opened the door for the Buckeyes to make progress. With everything that has gone on in the Wildcat program, VanSickle’s decision to reopen his recruitment isn’t overly surprising, but the timing is pretty telling for where this could be headed.
Taking multiple trips to Ohio State in the past month, including an official visit, the de-commitment comes at a time when the momentum strongly suggests that Gabe will wind up in Ohio State’s 2024 class. For further proof, hours after his choice to end his Northwestern ties, a flurry of 247Sports crystal balls favoring the Buckeyes were submitted. While the crystal ball isn’t a lock, the predictions coming from Director of Recruiting for 247Sports Steve Wiltfong and Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com pretty much tell you all you need to know.
Make no mistake about it, the Buckeyes are still trying desperately to get offensive tackle target, Jordan Seaton on campus so this isn’t a this-or-that-type of recruitment with VanSickle. Though Gabe plays tackle for his prep team, he will surely line up as a guard at the next level. The No. 613 player nationally, VanSickle is the 41st best interior offensive lineman for the 2024 class per the 247Sports Composite grades.
Having coached against VanSickle and his prep team the last two seasons, the 6-foot-5, 285-pound athlete is a wrecking ball in the trenches and is way more athletic than he’s probably credited for being. All that to say, if Ohio State is able to secure the commitment here and land a late addition to its 2024 offensive line haul, this is a solid depth piece and someone who has the work ethic to really develop over the next couple of seasons.
Add another to the list. Ohio State, like many other top programs, watch their commits play their last prep football contest at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas and this year’s edition will have another solid amount of 2024 Buckeyes on the rosters.
The latest to receive his jersey, current 2024 quarterback commit Air Noland. The No. 34 player nationally and the fourth-best quarterback in the class per the 247Sports Composite grades, it will be a treat for Buckeye fans to see him compete on national television in January just before he gets to campus.
Knowing how important it is to build a wall around Ohio’s borders, Ohio State’s staff is already starting to lock it down in 2025 and beyond. With two in-state players already in the fold for 2025, the Buckeyes are off to a good start and are seeing both of their guys bring home accolades that further show why Ohio State was so interested.
Linebacker commit Eli Lee has only been committed for about a month now, but is already a really important piece to this next cycle. Maybe a bit lower ranked than the linebackers Ohio State usually lands, it’s really only a matter of time before Lee gets the rankings boost that tends to come with an Ohio State commitment. But until then the awards keep coming in for his play.
Named to the All-District First Team selection, Eli’s junior campaign is a solid sign of the caliber of player the Buckeyes are getting. Much like current linebacker Tommy Eichenberg, Lee is a little bit softer-spoken off the field, but a hard-hitting, old-school type of player on the field. Certainly, this won’t be the last award Lee receives for his play this season.