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Buckeyes wide receiver search for 2022 is just beginning

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Ohio State assistant Brian Hartline is slowly turning his attention to the 2022 recruiting class. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Recruiting Question of the Day

Buckeyes wide receiver search for 2022 is just beginning

Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you, five days a week. Submit your questions on Twitter or on the Lettermen Row forums. Check-in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Today’s question is about the Class of 2022 and the receivers being recruited by Ohio State.

Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day

As with most positions in the Class of 2022, there are a lot more questions than answers right now for Ohio State and every other college program around the country.

COVID-19 has produced recruiting dead periods that squashed the ability to bring recruits to campus this spring and are already causing summertime cancellations as well, eliminating a very important period for rising juniors looking to establish themselves in the national recruiting scene.

Because of that, finding the top targets at any position right now isn’t going to be cut-and-dried. But Ohio State is in a very good spot to start the search, especially at wide receiver because Brian Hartline has been very conservative with his offers in the Class of 2022 to this point. After the recent run of success at wideout for Ohio State, Hartline and the Buckeyes see the position as a landing spot for the elite players around the country and are going to recruit it as such.

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So who is getting the majority of the attention from Ohio State in the Class of 2022 at receiver? There’s an early group of four wideouts who have an offer from Hartline and the attention of the Buckeyes already. That list starts in a familiar landing spot for Ohio State in recent years: St. Louis.

St. Louis is the home of Luther Burden, the country’s No. 3-ranked receiver, who plays his football Cardinal Ritter College Prep, the alma mater of current Buckeyes receiver Jameson Williams. Ohio State has signed Ezekiel Elliott, Kamryn Babb, Cameron Brown, Williams and Mookie Cooper from The Gateway to the West in the last handful of years — and also has 4-star cornerback Jakailin Johnson committed in the Class of 2021. Burden is very close with Cooper and Jameson Williams, and he’s certainly a player to watch at receiver.

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Ohio State is hoping relationships young recruits have with Jameson Williams and Garrett Wilson can help open doors in the Class of 2022.

Right behind Burden in the current 247Sports.com rankings at No. 4 nationally is Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) star C.J. Williams. Ohio State is working hard to find success recruiting inside the Monarchs program and Hartline has quickly developed a tight-knit bond with the 6-foot-2, 193-pound Williams.

From there, we head to Texas where a pair of early 4-star prospects with Ohio State offers live. Del Valle standout Caleb Burton has a close friendship with Buckeyes star Garrett Wilson. Ohio State is hoping they can convince Burton to be the next Austin-area star to leave for Columbus. Up north and just outside of Dallas is Lewisville, the home of Armani Winfield, another 6-foot-2 receiver prospect with offers from the who’s who of college football.

That quartet is getting the most attention from Ohio State right now, but there are certainly ongoing conversations with other young men around the country, including Kaden Saunders at Westerville South High School. Oregon star Darrius Clemons has a ton of Ohio ties and visited the Buckeyes last year. Chicago’s Kaleb Brown, the nation’s No. 5-ranked receiver, is hoping to hear from Hartline, and countless other receivers are doing the same.

Expect the recruiting pool at receiver, and other positions, to expand exponentially when in-person evaluations are able to resume. Until then, the focus is likely on the young talents offered by Hartline and Ohio State.

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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.