On September 1, the Buckeyes got what was then the No. 6 pledge for their draft class of 2022 when tight end Bennett christian from Acworth (Ga.) Allatoona announced that it is heading to the state of Ohio. Christian, who was offered a scholarship by the Buckeyes on June 2, chose Ohio State over his other finalist, Tennessee. The other main school he had been considering was Penn State.
At the time, Christian was an unranked 3-star prospect. Christian then had a great junior season that included helping his team reach the elite eight of the Georgia 6A state playoffs with a final record of 11-1. Christian was a great blocker from his tight end position and caught 20 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns while playing a very run-oriented offense.
Today, in the updated Top247 rankings, Christian has received the biggest raise of any of the Buckeyes’ current ten commitments. It has gone from an unranked 3-star to a 4-star rated the country’s 201st overall prospect.
“I’m a little surprised,” Christian told Bucknuts. “I did not expect. I thought it would come eventually, but I wasn’t expecting it now. It’s very humiliating. “
Christian, 6-foot-6, 235-pound, said it’s rewarding too.
“Seeing that, knowing you’re doing better, makes you want to work even harder and do even better,” Christian said.
Christian’s skill can easily be seen in his video from the junior season.
“I think I made a big jump from my second movie,” Christian said. “I think I made great strides. My pathways were sharper. I feel like I’m more ready for college now. My blockade has arrived. By having another year of experience, I feel bigger and stronger and I am learning more ”.
But Christian feels that he can and will continue to improve.
“For me, I think you have to have the idea that the sky is the limit,” said Christian. “You must strive to be at the highest possible level. That’s what I’m doing.”
Christian is training hard in the offseason and playing 7v7, focusing on speed and strength. He also stays in contact with Ohio State staff.
“I talk to Coach (Kevin) Wilson and Coach (Ryan) Day both now and before I get engaged,” Christian said. “That says a lot about them.”
Christian is now a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 201 overall prospect, No. 7 tight end and No. 22 prospect in Georgia. Previously, Christian was the nation’s 20th tight end.