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Top recruits must be patient, analyzing impact of coaching rumors

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Emeka Egbuka has been put in an unenviable position by the lengthy dead period. (Emeka Egbuka/Courtesy)

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Top recruits must be patient, analyzing impact of coaching rumors

COLUMBUS — The recruiting dead period is continuing for Ohio State and the rest of college football.

For the Buckeyes, there’s minimal impact. The majority of the 2021 recruiting class for Ohio State is committed and intent on signing with Ryan Day’s program next month — and is set to do so drama-free.

But there is some question as to how the Buckeyes will finish the recruiting cycle. The two biggest questions left unanswered are in Washington state, where 5-star prospects Emeka Egbuka and J.T. Tuimoloau continue to handle their recruitments with the utmost privacy around their intentions.

Egbuka is expected to still make a college decision next month, but the inability to make the visits he’s wanted to over these last few months has put him in an unenviable position.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound dual-sport athlete is leaning toward signing in December and could still opt for early-enrollment as the odds of spring football being played in Washington continue to shrink. The point? There’s not a whole lot of time to get to Oklahoma before signing day.

With Tuimoloau, things are decidedly different.

The nation’s No. 1-ranked prospect has never been to Ohio State. But he’s also never intended to make a college choice until at least February. The question now is whether he will wait even longer than that as rumors of the dead period extending to next April swirl.

Dead period rumors aren’t the only ones swirling, either.

South Carolina fired Will Muschamp last weekend, LSU is dealing with a number of percolating scandals and in Ann Arbor, the smoke around a mutual parting of ways between Michigan and Jim Harbaugh continues to get thicker even as a pair of 5-star 2022 defensive back recruits are now being predicted to pick the Wolverines over Ohio State and others.

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The crystal ball is moving in Michigan’s direction for 5-star legacy recruit Will Johnson. (Will Johnson/Courtesy)

Can Ohio State convince Will Johnson and Domani Jackson to stay patient before deciding? Neither player has been to Columbus yet and both have insisted that they want to.

This week’s Talking Stuff: The Ohio State Recruiting Podcast breaks down reasons they may not and a whole lot more in the latest episode, brought to you by the folks at Byers Auto, the best place to buy a new or used car in Central Ohio.

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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 and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.