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Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class turning up heat with peers

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Elite talents Shawn Murphy and C.J. Hicks have gotten close on the recruiting trail. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class turning up heat with peers

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The Buckeyes 2022 recruiting class is six deep right now. And if the social media activity of that group is to be believed, then it could be growing in size in the near future.

Tweets from class leaders like C.J. Hicks, Bennett Christian and Dasan McCullough are sure to drum up interest, because the possibilities are endless with respect to exactly who is being discussed.

Messages like this one from McCullough leave a lot to the imagination after all.

“We got something really big coming,” McCullough posted on social media. “Only if y’all knew what was about to happen.”

What is definitely about to happen is that every single internet recruiting analyst is going to be searching for whatever bread crumb of a clue they can find in order to crack the mysterious messages. Some recruits around the country who aren’t committed to the Buckeyes began echoing the sentiment of the Ohio State verbals, which immediately led to a host of names like 5-star cornerback Domani Jackson, 5-star receiver Caleb Burton and running back Damari Alston being lobbed into the stratosphere as guesses.

Burton, from Del Valle (Texas) High School, is close with 5-star Texas quarterback commitment Quinn Ewers. So, naturally Ewers name has been bandied about as well because the vague nature of the initial tweets means wild leaps will be made by people trying to piece this all together.

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Dasan McCullough has been recruiting for Ohio State since before he was publicly committed. (Dasan McCullough/Courtesy)

But here’s the deal: It’s not that wild to assume it could involve Ewers, Jackson, Burton, William Johnson or quite literally any other 5-star prospect in America. The fact is the 2022 recruiting class is being built entirely virtually, so anyone is fair game because no one is making in-person visits. That means aggressive recruiters like Hicks and McCullough specifically have a unique opportunity to boost the perception of the Buckeyes. They are, after all, 5-star commitments who are completely dialed in with Ohio State thanks to Ohio roots that run deep — giving some real credence to the argument that it’s wise to build a recruiting class from the inside out than the other way around.

The work being done by the Ohio State commitments has been effective, but their efforts have a long way to go to hit pay dirt. As we wrote here when 5-star receiver prospect Luther Burden committed to Oklahoma three weeks ago, 2022 is going to be a wild ride on the recruiting front for everyone. No matter what happens, it’s important to temper expectations about a hiccup-free ride to signing day. Very few of the top targets on the board for the Buckeyes have even been to Columbus.

This is the modern era of recruiting, and that means nothing can be assumed or taken for granted. The Buckeyes aren’t going to let another program take Brown or any of their 2022 commitments without a fight, and they have to continue recruiting them all through next year’s signing day. That includes J’yaire Brown, C.J. Hicks, Dasan McCullough and everyone else — and it also includes any number of the 2022 players committed elsewhere that the Ohio State coaches are hoping to land, like quarterback Quinn Ewers and receiver Luther Burden.

Still, it’s good to know where a program stands with recruits, and early commitments are a solid indicator of which programs are really moving the dial. But in the 2022 cycle, a commitment could be the first step, not the last. Ohio State is always going to be one of the top programs with elite targets, and having boots on the ground with guys like Hicks and McCullough is opening doors across the country. That could yield some huge dividends in the next few weeks to months.

“I wouldn’t say it’s anything unusual [the recruits are doing],” William Johnson, a Michigan legacy, told Lettermen Row. “It’s just all knowing we could do something special if we stuck together. They’re definitely some great recruiters.”

Great recruiters get great results. Ohio State should know in the near future exactly how much this work from C.J. Hicks and Dasan McCullough means for the program.

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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.