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Ohio State: With 10 early commits, Buckeyes could look for big 2021 finish

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Emeka Egbuka remains a top priority for Ryan Day and the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Emeka Egbuka/Courtesy)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State: With 10 early commits, Buckeyes could look for big 2021 finish

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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

Ohio State has the country’s No. 1-ranked 2021 recruiting class and is nicely positioned for a big-time battle with a few of college football’s premier programs for the overall recruiting title next February.

The push for a recruiting title will depend heavily on which dozen or so players will become the next to join the Buckeyes but if the first ten commitments are an indicator, there’s no reason to expect any kind of slowdown from Ryan Day’s program. The Buckeyes have one 5-star commitment from Columbus resident Jack Sawyer and half of their verbals sit within the Top 60 of the 247Sports.com composite rankings.

To put it bluntly, things are going pretty well for Ohio State on the recruiting trail.

And the good news isn’t likely to stop anytime soon for the Buckeyes. The 10 early verbals — including six Ohioans — provides the Buckeyes with a unique opportunity to pursue the best of the best from around the country while using the local commitments to help grow and solidify relationships with the cream of the national crop whenever they arrive on campus.

Jack Sawyer, the country’s second-ranked player, has already done that at every opportunity and he’ll continue putting himself front-and-center for the 5-star talents still being pursued by Ohio State. The Buckeyes have done a great job recruiting some of the country’s top prospects and will spend the next few months with the plan of turning the chase for these 5-stars into a commitment.

Which of these players are really in Ryan Day’s sights? I don’t like to play the “percentage” game when it comes to recruiting because ultimately it’s a win/lose proposition and odds don’t matter, but Ohio State is in a good spot with a handful of 5-star prospects. These players are all realistic options for the Buckeyes right now.

  • ★★★★★ • J.T. Tuimoloau •  Defensive Line • Sammamish, Wash. • No. 4-Ranked Prospect
  • ★★★★★ • Camar Wheaton • Running Back • Garland, Texas • No. 6-Ranked Prospect
  • ★★★★★ • Emeka Egbuka • Wide Receiver • Steilacoom, Wash. • No. 9-Ranked Prospect
  • ★★★★★ • Tony Grimes • Defensive Back • Virginia Beach, Va. • No. 10-Ranked Prospect
  • ★★★★★ • Landon Jackson • Defensive End • Texarkana, Texas • No. 16-Ranked Prospect
  • ★★★★★ • Tunmise Adeleye • Defensive Line • Katy, Texas • No. 26-Ranked Prospect

How will the race for these young men turn out? That remains to be seen as only Egbuka and Adeleye from that group have been on campus in Columbus to this point but there’s no doubt that Ohio State — who signed three 5-star players in the Class of 2020 — will be involved for many of them until the end as they turn interested prospects into visitors this spring.

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Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.