Two weeks in the past, we detailed the highest remaining positional wants within the 2022 class after the Buckeyes have landed 10 of the nation’s high abilities within the cycle.
We additionally took a have a look at the top-10 remaining targets within the class final week, which is a star-studded checklist of five-stars, blue-chip gamers and underrated talent place guys.
But who’re the more than likely prospects within the 2022 cycle to decide to the Buckeyes subsequent? We take a stab at predicting who’s more than likely to be the following to hitch the category. As an enormous caveat, many of those potential commitments (and anybody not on this checklist) are largely contingent on whether or not or not the participant can get to campus for a go to within the spring or summer season.
In no explicit order, aside from this primary man…
We’ve spent a lot time hashing out Grayes’ huge go to this weekend and the way seemingly we consider he’s to decide to the Buckeyes. In reality, we’d be shocked if it didn’t occur, so we received’t beat a lifeless horse right here.
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Ohio State already has five-star Caleb Burton within the fold, and in the event that they add Grayes it should give Brian Hartline a terrific twosome to begin the category. (And solely add to the best way the Buckeyes have been stacking the huge receiver place within the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 cycles.)
Kojo Antwi is the following primetime participant the Buckeyes will probably be engaged on, although I’ve lengthy mentioned it is going to be very troublesome for them to drag him out of SEC nation with Georgia having an amazing line on him too. Kaleb Brown and C.J. Williams are two different prime targets.
The four-star Georgia operating again is fairly upset (and rightfully so) that visits (of the non-self-guided selection) have as soon as once more been pushed again to at the least June 1. He was more likely to go to Columbus on the weekend of April 16 in what was setting as much as be the C.J. Hicks/Dasan McCullough-led Buckeye Bash 2.0 (our nickname for it, patent pending). That go to would have gone a great distance in his potential Ohio State dedication. Alas.
Alston remains to be more likely to make visits prior to creating his resolution, however he’ll now must do a self-guided tour of Ohio State or some other campus he chooses if he needs to go to within the spring. I’m anticipating him to carry off on a call till after June 1, but when he makes his means as much as Columbus over the following two or three months, I might put a private Crystal Ball in for Tony Alford to land certainly one of his high targets on the place.
Jordan, a four-star cornerback within the 2022 class out of Texas powerhouse Ryan High School, just lately put the Buckeyes in his high 10.
TOP 10 ( Recruitment 100% open) @VisualsWinning pic.twitter.com/6OSHqVPKlR
— Austin Jordan (@ezmoneyaust) February 15, 2021
I believe Ohio State will be ready on Jordan to indicate them some extra together with his offseason tape and his senior season tape and to get to know him extra. But I do assume Ohio State is near the highest of Jordan’s checklist, and with the Buckeyes seemingly out of the race for Will Johnson and Denver Harris, maybe they make an even bigger push for Jordan and two different corners I like on this class in Toriano Pride and Ryan Turner.
Like Antwi, successful this Peach State prospect over will probably be troublesome for the Buckeyes, particularly since they had been late to return in with a suggestion. That mentioned, the four-star defensive deal with from Cedar Grove (Georgia) put Larry Johnson and Co. right into a last faculties checklist that was a high 4 earlier than he made it a high 5 with a view to embody Ohio State.
Crafting 1%@BrooksAustinSI pic.twitter.com/su2MhqbiMK
— Christen Miller (@Trenchking2) February 18, 2021
I’m placing Miller on this checklist partially as a result of he’s the one certainly one of these 5 which have a public dedication date, and that date (April 4) is approaching quick. I wouldn’t be stunned if he elects to push that again to present Ohio State extra time to construct a relationship with him and to make some extra visits. The Bulldogs stay within the driver’s seat, however we are going to see if Day, Johnson and space recruiter Al Washington could make an enormous, fast transfer right here.
Rumblings are that the three-star offensive deal with out of IMG (Florida) Academy – who just lately transferred to the Bradenton hub from Buckeye defensive finish Cormontae Hamilton’s alma mater, Whitehaven (Memphis) – is eager to lock his identify into the category. But there may be some hold-ups till visits can occur.
If Bah provides “Buckeye commit” subsequent to his identify, it will give Greg Studrawa and Kennedy Cook a large participant (6-foot-6, 325 kilos) so as to add to the fold in this system’s largest remaining want within the class. He would even be a developmental sort of prospect, although, and the Buckeyes will nonetheless want so as to add a top-level man on the place. That begins with Kiyaunta Goodwin and continues with guys like Zach Rice and Kam Dewberry.
Bonus: Luke Montgomery, Brenan Vernon
Pickerington Central’s Sonny Styles isn’t on this checklist as a result of I believe there’s extra work to do there than with Ohio’s different high gamers, Montgomery and Vernon, within the 2023 class.
But the Findlay offensive line prospect Montgomery, a possible top-150 participant (top-150 could be on the low finish contemplating his huge potential), and Vernon, a sure-fire five-star defensive finish out of Mentor, seem like locks at this level to wind up as Buckeyes. At some level down the highway, that’s.
“I like Ohio State,” Montgomery informed Eleven Warriors shortly after Ohio State provided final week. “Coach Stud, he grew up enjoying 20 minutes away from me in Fostoria. I used to be born in Columbus. I lived there for a few 12 months, and I nonetheless have household in Columbus. I’m tremendous conversant in the realm. I am going there quite a bit, and I like the campus and clearly teachers is big there as nicely.”
Vernon, in the meantime, compares to Nick Bosa and needs to be subsequent up within the lengthy lineage of stud defensive ends to be developed by Johnson. Once once more, as with Pickerington North five-star Jack Sawyer within the 2021 cycle, the Buckeyes have a blue-chip defensive finish of their yard who grew up loving the scarlet and grey.
Ohio has a fully loaded defensive class in 2023 led by the potential five-star security Styles, Vernon and four-star linebacker/security Trevor Carter out of Ironton. Montgomery could be figured into that group, too, if he needed to stay with the defensive finish spot that he starred at for Findlay previous to a transfer to offensive deal with this offseason.
Either means, Montgomery and Vernon are going to ultimately (in my prediction) give Ohio State an amazing one-two punch within the state, and if the Buckeyes add Styles to that group then there will probably be completely zero drop-off for this system when it comes to recruiting top-tier in-state expertise from the 2021 and 2022 lessons.