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Ohio State Recruiting Question of the Day
Obviously, the '22 class is going nuts across the board BUT it seems like there isn't much smoke on the D-line. Any buzz in that area?
— Alex (@alextheanalyzer) November 24, 2020
On Monday night, Ohio State added commitment No. 9 in its top-ranked 2022 recruiting class when 5-star wide receiver Caleb Burton said yes to the Buckeyes. Burton is the third composite 5-star prospect already in the commitment column, and there’s a lot of momentum building toward another truly special recruiting haul.
“I think people nationally are very excited about what we’re doing here,” Buckeyes coach Ryan Day said on his radio show Wednesday afternoon.
With a quarterback, a receiver, two tight ends, an offensive lineman, three linebackers and a cornerback locked up, there appears to be a glaring omission along the defensive front. But that doesn’t mean the Buckeyes aren’t impressing kids at that position.
“Me and Coach Johnson communicate a lot,” 5-star defensive end Enai White told Lettermen Row this week.”Hopefully some time next year when everything opens back up I can visit.”
That statement echoes the sentiment of a number of the top targets along the defensive line for Ohio State.
Guys like Caden Curry and Travis Shaw have not been able to make the trip to Columbus that they’d like to. Larry Johnson’s always been one to handle recruiting differently, and the pandemic has helped the Buckeyes plans to remain even quieter than normal. Johnson’s approach is one of very real relationship development and one that focuses on player development based on in-person evaluation. Losing last summer’s camp sessions certainly didn’t help the Buckeyes legendary line coach, but like most coaches around the country, he’s adjusting to new methods of communication while also keeping the focus where it’s needed most right now — on the Buckeyes 2020 national championship pursuit.
Johnson is also trying to wrap up a very successful 2021 recruiting haul with the country’s top-ranked prospect, Washington 5-star J.T. Tuimoloau, who he’s hoping to land alongside 5-star Jack Sawyer and top-50 prospect Michael Hall.
Ohio State is also in a unique position in 2022 because of the potential for positional adjustments with guys like Dasan McCullough and Gabe Powers. Their physical development over the next year of high school could provide some clarity on the actual numbers needed in 2022.
The bottom line? Larry Johnson is working hard on a number of the best players in America, like he always does. But like everything else Johnson does, there’s a methodical and patient approach to his recruiting efforts. The results, as always with Johnson and the Buckeyes, will probably be pretty good.
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