|2023 Ohio State Safety Sonny Styles|
Sonny Styles from Pickerington Central High School recently committed to playing college football at Ohio State. The 6'4" 215 lbs. safety is rated a 5 Star and the best safety in the country. Also the number one prospect in Ohio.
Styles announced his commitment to the Buckeyes via Twitter.
"I have decided to attend The Ohio State University! GO BUCKS!" he wrote. Styles is an athlete who plays multiple positions for his high school team, according to reports. The safety posted a highlight reel on Twitter with the caption, "I have been waiting for this time to come since I was 4 years old."
Al Washington for Ohio State was recruiting him along with Bill O'Brien for Alabama and Matt Thurin for Boston College.
Sonny Styles Visits
Styles has taken four unofficial visits including unofficially visiting Florida on September 4th, a June 22nd unofficial visit to Ole Miss, a June 21st unofficial visit to Florida State, and a June 6th unofficial visit to Michigan State.
Sonny Styles Scholarship Offers
Styles has 24 scholarship offers including Ohio State, Alabama, Boston College, Cincinnati, and Clemson. He recently committed to Ohio State on November 13th for the 2023 season. He becomes apart of a class that totals three players and is rated the 6th best in the country. Tight End Ty Lockwood from Independence Indiana and Offensive Lineman Joshua Padilla from Dayton Ohio are also members of the class at this time.
Crystal Ball Prediction
Before Styles committed to Ohio State, Tom Loy predicted he would commit to Notre Dame.
With his height, length, and physical growth as a high school junior, he is a physical prototypical safety. For a player of his size, he changes directions and runs in a straight line very well. At 210 pounds, he is smooth in his moves and is capable of playing in space even covering man to man. Shows good ball skills and hands.
|11/23/2021 8:14:08 AM|
|Offensive Lineman Avery Henry for 2022|
Offensive lineman Avery Henry From the Red Devils in Saint Clairsville, Ohio committed to play for Ohio State 2022. Henry is a 6'7" 305 lbs. lineman who lost 65 pounds this past year to get into better shape.
Henry is a 3 Star recruit, the 122nd Offensive Tackle and the 42nd best overall recruit in Ohio for 2022. Many are comparing him to Ohio State lineman Dawand Jones who came underrated to OSU but developed into a really good lineman over three years.
Henry will play tackle in the future for the Buckeyes.
Who recruited Avery Henry?
Five colleges recruited Henry including Ohio State, Iowa State, Akron, Eastern Michigan, and Syracuse. Ohio State line coach Greg Studrawa visited Saint Clairsville to see Henry play Wheeling Central Catholic and gave an offer after the weekend.
Avery Henry Visits
Henry visited Iowa State on June 11th. He was committed to the Iowa State Cyclones prior to the OSU offer this Fall. He stated that he wanted to play closer to home prior to receiving the Akron and Ohio State offers. He made an unofficial visit to Columbus Ohio prior to committing to the Buckeyes.
Avery Henry Offers
Henry had 6 scholarship offers including Akron, Iowa State, Eastern Michigan, Syracuse, Ohio State and West Virginia. Members of his family had played for the Mountaineers so some felt that was the natural destination.
Crystal Ball Prediction
Allen Trieu on October 18th predicted with high confidence that he would select the Buckeyes after he completed the Columbus Ohio visit.
Henry is a good athlete that dropped weight this past year and played basketball for his high school. First Team All Ohio in 2020 and 2019.
|10/22/2021 10:55:51 PM|
|Felix Okpara Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri|
Felix Okpara, who was a sophomore in the fall of 2019, is 6-foot-11 attending Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. He’s ranked No. 55 overall in the 2022 class by ESPN Recruiting Nation and other recruiting services. The 210-pound Okpara, who is rated the No. 11 post player in the 2022 class by Rivals, has picked Ohio State over offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida. A very good recruit for Chris Holtman and Ohio State that is in need of players at the center position.
Committing to Ohio State
Okpara is a four-star prospect and the No. 11 center in the nation for the Class of 2022. He visited Ohio State over the weekend of June 15th and committed to the Buckeyes on Sunday, his second official visit. The 6-foot-11 Okpara played well for Team Tennessee at the Under Armour Invitational and Peach Jam and is an athletic, raw post player who will be well suited for the Buckeyes’ style under coach Chris Holtmann.
"As soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in love with it," Okpara told reporters. "Throughout the whole visit, I was thinking how it would feel to be a Buckeye." Okpara is a physical presence inside, as he shows a willingness to bang in the paint and has good footwork for a player his size. He can score off put backs and tip ins around the basket, but also has a soft touch from 15 to 17 feet.
The Ohio State 2022 Class
Okpara is among a handful of national top 100 forwards and centers Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann and his staff have been tracking this summer to add to their 2022 recruiting class. The others are Florida power forward Jarace Walker, ranked 13th, Illinois forward AJ Casey, ranked 68th, North Dakota center Joe Hurlburt, ranked 123rd, and Arizona center Shawn Phillips, ranked 147th and committed to NC State.
That class now numbers four verbal commitments. The others are Georgia point guard Bruce Thornton (ranked 42nd nationally), New York shooting guard Roddy Gayle (ranked 51st) and Ohio shooting guard Bowen Hardman (ranked 275th).
Okpara plays at Link Year Prep in Branson Missouri. Link Year is the same program that produced Mason Jones (76ers), Deandre Jones (University of Central Arkansas) and Angelo Allergi (Eastern Washington University). Okpara plays for the EAB Tennessee AAU program, which is captained by Reed Kemp who was a part of Missouri Western's 2021 class.
Okpara School Visits
Earlier this summer, I wrote an article about Felix Okpara, the No. 4 player in the state. If you haven’t read it already, you can find it on the site. Well, since then, Okpara has taken official visits to Ohio State (June 15) and Ole Miss (June 27). In recent weeks, Florida and Georgia have come in to try and persuade him to make visits.
|9/27/2021 10:34:27 PM|
|Wide Receiver Kojo Antwi from Suawanee Georgia|
Lambert Wide receiver Kojo Antwi committed to Ohio State early in July after receiving offers from Alabama, Georgia, USC and Texas A&M. Considered a 4 star recruit, the 18th best receiver in the country and the 127th best over prospect, Antwi is set to play in the All-American Bowl January 8th before joining the Buckeyes. He was recruited by OSU coach Brian Hartline and area recruiter Al Washington and made his decision a couple of weeks after an official (June 18th) visit to Columbus.
Kojo Antwi’s Decision
Georgia and Texas A&M were strong considerations with his family in Georgia and a brother living close to the Aggies. Antwi does have some family in Cincinnati Ohio. During the visit to Ohio, his family really liked the academics at Ohio State with the young prospect looking to major in computer science.
What Antwi Offers Ohio State
Antwi is a 6’0” 190lbs bulky receiver with good speed and game breaking ability. Has shown good hands and body control. Runs track in addition to football. Open the 2021 season with a 63 yard catch and run for a touchdown for Lambert.
|8/28/2021 9:33:51 PM|
|Kye Stokes Moves up the Ranking Board to Four Stars|
Ohio State got another great athlete for their 2022 class at the beginning of May with the commitment of Kye Stokes from Seffner Florida. Recruited by Tony Alford and Matt Barnes, the 4 star athlete is considered the 36th best in the country at his position. Many predicted that his star rating would rise from 3 to 4 stars and that has now officially happened. We had 30 scholarship offers including offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame and Auburn.
What Stokes Picked Ohio State
Stoke’s family felt comfortable with the Buckeye coaching staff from the start with Alford contacting them before speaking with their son. He promised to take a second look at his junior film and call back on Monday, and that’s what he did.
The track athlete played wide receiver, corner back and safety for Armood High School outside of Tampa. The fast defensive back is versatile and can get to the ball quickly which was easily seen in his tape from last season. He had five interceptions as a junior with 34 tackles. What caught the eye of many recruiting coaches was a 10.80 second 100 yard dash run in the Spring.
Stokes has a 4.9 GPA
As good as the 6’2” 185 lbs. Stockes is on the football field, in the classroom he is also outstanding. He currently holds a 4.9 GPA, leading to scholarship offers from a number of high academic schools.
|6/26/2021 7:40:40 PM|
|Kiyaunta Goodwin Committed to Kentucky over Ohio State|
Kiyaunta Goodwin is a Rivals 100 offensive tackle that has helped Kentucky achieve a top 10 ranked recruiting class for 2022. This could be the best class for the school in over a decade.
Goodwin is 6’8” 305lbs who can move with some heavy hands and a muscular build. Considered the best prospect in Indiana and the 2nd best offensive tackle nationally in the class. A lot were hoping to grab the incoming college football player who many think could start as soon as he gets campus.
The Goodwin Decision
He made the decision April 17th 2020 on the CBS Sports HQ show. He was looking at Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan State, and Kentucky at the time. He had over 40 scholarship offers before reducing his list down to five prior to his final decision.
Visits to College Campuses
Goodwin made the decision without taking any visits, Ohio State had hoped he would wait for a June visit but that did not happen. The dead period was extended for college visits because of the COVID 19 pandemic but lifted two days before his decision date. He still kept the date and made the decision prior to making official visits.
Goodwin is still open to taking official visits by all reports, so a summer visit could flip his choice from the Wildcats to the Buckeyes many fans are hoping. Of course other schools like Michigan State and Mel Tucker are hoping to do the same when Goodwin visits East Lansing.
|5/28/2021 1:30:23 PM|
|2022 Linebacker Dasan McCullough Follows Father to Indiana|
Dasan McCullough flipped his commitment to Indiana from Ohio State in late April. A lot of the decision has to do with his father changing jobs from being an assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs to coaching at Indiana along side Tom Allen.
Wants to play with his brothers and for his father who is now coaching with the Hoosiers. His younger brother, Daeh McCullought (2023), committed to play in Bloomington. His older brother, Deland, also made a move back to Indiana by transferring from Miami (OH) to Indiana.
Dasan has stated that he was not pressured to switch from Ohio State as he was set prior to his brothers and his father all landing there.
He is a four star recruit who committed to OSU in August. Considered the 50th best player nationally.
Indiana has been a roll lately, finishing in the top 15 last season and going to multiple bowl games that last two years. At this time they only have 2 recruits in the 2022 class. They have some work to do to get a class that will keep the team moving forward.
INDIANA REALLY JUST POACHED OHIO STATE!!
|5/7/2021 8:53:45 PM|
|Kyion Grayes High On Ohio State With Johnnie Dixon Conversation|
Chandler Arizona wide receiver prospect Kyion Grayes is very interested in Ohio State for 2022 according to sources, after de-committing to Arizona. The 6’1” receiver is considered the 46th best player at the position nationally and the 3rd best overall prospect in the state of Arizona. Five analyst consider Grayes high on Ohio State including Tom Loy, Steve Wiltfong, Bill Kurelic, Blair Angulo, and Jason Scheer. He is also being recruited by Arizona, Oregon, and Penn State with 16 scholarship offers total. Brian Hartline is recruiting Grayes for the Buckeyes but a random conversation with graduated receiver Johnnie Dixon has led to even more interest.
Grayes Johnnie Dixon Connection
Johnnie Dixon has been in Arizona for a stint with the Cardinals after graduating from Ohio State. Grayes noticed Dixon wearing Ohio State gear and wanted to speak with him as he had been contacted by the coaching staff. Dixon and Grayes have gone to the same training facility since May. Dixon had no problem telling Grayes about his great experience in Columbus, on campus, at practices, in games, and how its like family.
What Kyion Grayes Offers
He has a skill of finding the open areas in the defense, with room to increase size and a strong work ethic. Has an explosiveness from the snap with good hands. Could start in college for a number of years.
|2/22/2021 3:32:48 PM|
|Ohio State 2022 Quarterback Quinn Ewers from Southlake Carroll Texas|
Ohio State has the best quarterback in the country coming to campus in 2022 in Southlake Carroll Texas prospect Quinn Ewers. Recruited by quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis, Ewers in the the top prospect nationally and in Texas for the year, playing at an upper echelon program. Schools involved in trying to secure a commitment from Ewers included Texas, Alabama, Auburn and others. He was on his way to the Texas Longhorns before the program began to have some problems, and coaching changes, that led him to change his pledge.
Ewers has a pro-style quarterback with the mobility to be a dual threat. He is able to change his arm angle and deliver accurate passes on the run without an issue. Some compare him to Drew Lock.
Ryan Day Develops Quarterbacks
Ryan Day has had great success developing quarterbacks at Ohio State and is known as a coach that develops NFL caliber signal callers. He should have three quarterbacks drafted in the first round of the NFL draft when Justin Fields is drafted this year. Two years ago he had Dwayne Haskins Jr picked 15th overall. And OSU transfer Joe Burrow has selected last year with the first pick overall by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Quarterbacks at Ohio State
Ohio State is building one loaded quarterback room with 5 star recruits three years in a row. CJ Stroud and Jack Miller will compete for the starting job next year. Then Kyle McCord will have a year to develop before he battles Ewers for the starting job. Only more impressive than the quarterback room is the wide receiver room with top national talent committing three years in a row with names like Garrett Wilson, Julian Fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njibga, and Emeka Egbuka.
|1/12/2021 8:04:15 PM|
|Wide Receiver Caleb Burton From Del Valle Texas|
Wide receiver Caleb Burton III from Del Valle Texas committed to be a member of Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class Monday. Burton is considered the 2nd best receiver in the country for the 2022 cycle and the 15th best overall prospect. He was recruited by Buckeye coach Brian Hartline and joins Southlake Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers as the 2nd 5 star recruit to commit to Ohio State in the last 4 days.
Why Burton Selected Ohio State
The 6’ 165 lbs. receiver was looking at Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Ohio State. He had a great relationship with OSU recruiter and wide receiver’s coach Brian Hartline leading him to make the move this week. It also did not hurt that Ohio State has had great success with recent wide receivers going to the NFL. Finally Burton mentioned when committing that he has had a relationship with Ewers, saw him play in the state playoffs in Texas, and wants to be a part of the team that has Ewers throwing the ball.
Other friends that Burton has on the team include Texas high school wide receivers Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Garrett Wilson. He has watches both players this season at Ohio State and is impressed with their development.
Burton’s dad, Charles Burton, grew up in Texas and left to play college ball at Syracuse, so leaving the state has not been an issue for Burton.
Ohio State 2022 Recruiting Class
Ohio State’s 2022 class is now ranked as the best class in the country. 2022 classes will not be able to sign letters of intent for another year from now. Other top members of Ohio State’s class include cornerback Jyaire Brown, line backers CJ Hicks, Gabe Powers, and Dasan McCullough, tight ends Bennett Christian and Benji Gosnell, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola.
|11/25/2020 2:42:13 PM|