COLUMBUS — Ohio State is moving up.
The Buckeyes overtook Georgia in the 2022 team recruiting rankings Monday with Bear Alexander’s decommitment from the Bulldogs, taking the crown for the nation’s top recruiting class. The decommitment pushes Ohio State into the No. 1 overall ranking, while Georgia falls down to third. LSU is now behind the Buckeyes at No. 2, with Notre Dame at No. 4 and Rutgers at No. 5.
The decommitment also makes an impact on the average player ratings. Alabama is still in the top spot, boasting seven commitments with a 94.77 rating. The Buckeyes also stay put, holding the No. 2 spot with 12 commits and their 94.26 rating. Georgia slides down to fourth at 94.07, while Clemson takes third with its 94.08 rating.
A defensive lineman, Alexander is a 5-star prospect and the seventh-ranked defensive lineman in the class. He committed to Georgia back in February, but his recent unofficial visit to Texas A&M preceded his decommitment. The Aggies are now a favorite to land the Brewer (Fort Worth, Texas) High School product.
In the Big Ten, Ohio State has an insurmountable lead over Penn State, Rutgers and Michigan for the league’s top class as it heads toward a third consecutive conference recruiting crown and 11th in the past 12 cycles.
Ohio State has four commitments currently ranked as 5-star prospects. The Buckeyes also lead the Big Ten with 12 commitments in the Class of 2022. The 5-star group includes quarterback Quinn Ewers, cornerback Jaheim Singletary, receiver Caleb Burton and linebacker C.J. Hicks.
The remainder of the Buckeyes class consists of receiver Kyion Grayes, offensive lineman Tegra Tshabola, tight ends Bennett Christian and Benji Gosnell, linebacker Gabe Powers and defensive backs Jyaire Brown, Kye Stokes and Ryan Turner.
Ohio State just wrapped up its huge recruiting weekend, and the Buckeyes will look to finish off their 2022 class in the coming months.
Now they can focus on expanding their first-place lead, too.