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Ohio State eyeing Blake Miller
Although the 2022 recruiting class feels too distant to even think about, Ohio State already has its eye on a big-time prospect that just finished his freshman year — Strongsville offensive tackle Blake Miller. Miller has been to Michigan, Penn State, Clemson and other schools already. The quickening pace of his recruitment is something that’s taken him by surprise. He’s recently added offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Indiana, Bowling Green, Toledo and more — but there’s no doubt that an Ohio State offer would be a game-changing moment for him.
“My recruiting is going pretty well,” he said. “It was very surprising to me that it picked up speed so fast. I would like to look at all of my options and pick the school that best fits, but I’ve always been a Buckeyes fan.”
Now the Buckeyes are becoming fans of Miller. He’s trying to wrap his mind around that and knows what he’ll need to do in order to land an Ohio State offer.
“[Ohio State] wants to see me at camp so they can get a view of how I move and how I play,” Miller said. “I’m pretty sure the date I’ll be there will be June 6.”
For more on Ohio State recruiting, check out the Monday edition of Dotting the ‘Eyes.
Kalen Etzler talks Ohio State commitment
Ohio State basketball gained a commitment Sunday from 2021 basketball standout Kalen Etzler, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound sophomore at Crestview High School in Convoy. Etzler visited Ohio State last Thursday, earned his offer in person and committed before he left campus. According to Etzler, there was just no good reason to wait when he knew Ohio State was where he wanted to be all along.
“It’s close to home and they fit my play style,” he said. “I love the staff, and it feels good that I’m able to develop another future family over the next two years of high school.”
Moving forward, the state’s second-ranked 2021 prospect knows it’s all about getting better, bigger and helping land the best of the best to join him at Ohio State.
“I’m working on it hard,” he said. “I’m hitting the weights super hard and watching what I eat better. I need to try and get as many boards as possible and play the best possible defense I can, obviously and I’ve still got work to do in the classroom. I’ll work on Malaki Branham and getting him to join me, he’s special.”
Mitchell Melton in new Birminology
Olney (Md.) Good Counsel 3-star linebacker Mitchell Melton grew up rooting for the Buckeyes because his family has Ohio roots, but he’s trying to avoid letting his fandom get in the way of his college choice while growing a relationship with Ryan Day and Al Washington.
“The last time we visited we met Ryan Day — not much has changed [since Urban Meyer retired],” he told Lettermen Row in March. “It’s still very intense at Ohio State.”
And Melton’s recruitment is still very intense. He’s a top target for the Buckeyes, Wolverines and the Fighting Irish. What happens now? How has his family full of Buckeyes fans adjusted to the idea of him attending a place like Michigan or Notre Dame? Find out the answer to those questions and more in the latest episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.
John Beilein leaves Michigan for Cavs
Chris Holtmann’s path to conquering the Big Ten may have just gotten a little bit easier. In a shocking announcement, Michigan coach John Beilein agreed to a five-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday morning. Beilein made two Final Fours at Michigan in addition to winning the Big Ten Tournament in 2017 and 2018. In his last three seasons, Michigan advanced to the Sweet Sixteen twice and NCAA Final once.
Even more importantly, his switch to the NBA deprives Michigan of an effective recruiter who routinely poached talent from Ohio. Obviously the net change will depend on the caliber of hire that Michigan makes, but Holtmann and Ohio State could very well benefit from a Beilein-less Michigan squad, both in terms of talent acquisition and in the standings.
- Big Ten Media Days: 66 days
- Ohio State vs. Florida Atlantic (season opener): 110 days
- Ohio State at Michigan: 201 days
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