COLUMBUS — After days of internet hints and rumors, the true heating up of the 2022 Ohio State recruiting class appears to be imminent.
Quinn Ewers, the nation’s top-ranked junior quarterback — and the No. 1-ranked player overall according to 247Sports.com — decommitted from Texas on Wednesday night, leading to a series of predictions from national recruiting analysts who now expect him to commit to the Buckeyes.
The news from the Southlake (Texas) Carroll standout Ewers was the big piece of the puzzle that had been hinted at all week long, but it was just one piece. Predictions have also come in Ohio State’s favor for 5-star defensive back Domani Jackson, fellow Texan and 5-star receiver Caleb Burton, 4-star defensive back Xavier Nwankpa and rumors are swirling around 5-star prospects Zach Rice and Will Johnson as well.
The bottom line? There’s a good chance for the Buckeyes to take the recruiting momentum of the 2021 class and carry it into the 2022 class, an effort that has been spearheaded by commitments like C.J. Hicks and Dasan McCullough working in close proximity with the Ohio State coaching staff.
“I wouldn’t say it’s anything unusual [the recruits are doing],” 5-star cornerback Will 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.”
But good news in recruiting almost always brings with it some trepidation in other ways. Almost as soon as the buzz about Ewers began on Wednesday night, handwringing about what his potential commitment could mean to 5-star 2021 quarterback Kyle McCord began. There’s no doubt that programs around the country will begin trying to chip away at McCord, because they would not being doing their job if they didn’t. But right now there’s no concern from the Buckeyes point of view that anything is awry. There’s been communication about Ewers with the McCord camp, and the bottom line is this: When a player commits to Ohio State, he knows there’s going to be talented players in the class before and after him.
That’s recruiting in the big leagues. Still, the next two months could prove to be a very interesting ride for Ohio State in the Class of 2022, and any potential success in recruiting quickly becomes a chip on the table for opponents to play.
This week’s Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast dives into the discussion around Quinn Ewers, his decommitment, the potential impact at Ohio State and Texas and also has the latest on Ohio offensive lineman Blake Miller.
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