Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help you navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest: 2021 Buckeyes legacy Lorenzo Styles, Jr., a talented two-way player from Pickerington Central High School.
Lorenzo Styles Jr. knows everyone expects him to pick Ohio State. He knows that any Pickerington star with a Buckeyes offer is expected to stay home and choose them. But for him, it’s more than that: His father played linebacker for John Cooper at Ohio State in the mid-1990s.
That raises the expectation of staying home and suiting up in the Scarlet and Gray to all new heights.
But the younger Styles, a talented wide receiver and defensive back prospect, isn’t focusing on that. He’s working through the hype and looking for the right fit in a college for him, not his family or his best friend and Buckeyes commitment Jack Sawyer, a 5-star 2021 prospect he grew up playing sports with in talent-rich Pickerington.
“I’m happy [Jack] found his spot, but for me, I feel like it’s too soon [to commit],” Styles said this spring. “I’m still growing up, and even when I make my decision I will be growing up. I just want to wait a little while longer before I make my commitment. This choice will be a big part of the rest of my life.”
That’s why he’s not ready to say yes to the Buckeyes despite a growing relationship between himself, his family — including his father — and the new Ohio State coaching staff. Styles has some tough decisions ahead and is trying to make the right one.
How has the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete stayed level-headed with all the attention? How is his father handling his son considering schools like Michigan and Notre Dame? Lorenzo Styles talks about those things and more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.