Two weeks ago, we detailed the top positional needs remaining in the 2022 class after the Buckeyes have landed 10 of the nation’s best talents on the cycle.
We also took a look at the top 10 goals remaining in class last week, which is a chock-full list of five-star stars, top-line players, and underrated skill position guys.
But who are the most likely prospects in the 2022 cycle to commit to the Buckeyes next? We try to predict who is most likely to be the next to join the class. As a big caveat, many of these potential commitments (and any that aren’t on this list) are largely dependent on whether or not the player can make it to campus for a visit in the spring or summer.
In no particular order, except for this first boy …
We’ve spent a lot of time analyzing Grayes’ big visit this weekend and the likelihood that we think he will commit to the Buckeyes. In fact, we’d be surprised if it didn’t happen, so we won’t hit a dead horse here.
Ohio State already has a five-star Caleb Burton in the fold, and if they add Grayes, Brian Hartline will have a terrific pair to start class. (And it only adds to the way the Buckeyes have been piling up the wide receiver position in the 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 cycles.)
Kojo Antwi is the next primetime player the Buckeyes will work on, although I’ve long said that it will be very difficult for them to get him out of SEC country with Georgia also with a great line on him. Kaleb Brown and CJ Williams are two other main targets.
Georgia’s four-star racer is quite upset (and rightly so) that visits (of the non-self-guided variety) have once again been delayed to at least June 1. He is likely to visit Columbus on the weekend of April. 16 in what was being set up to be the Buckeye Bash 2.0 run by CJ Hicks / Dasan McCullough (our nickname, patent pending). That visit would have greatly contributed to his potential engagement with the state of Ohio. Poor me.
Alston will likely visit before making his decision, but now he will need to take a self-guided tour of the state of Ohio or any other campus he chooses if he wants to visit in the spring. I hope he will postpone a decision until after June 1, but if he makes it to Columbus for the next two to three months, it would put a personal crystal ball for Tony Alford to achieve one of his best goals at the position.
Jordan, a four-star cornerback in the 2022 class of Texas powerhouse Ryan High School, recently placed the Buckeyes in his top 10.
– Austin Jordan (@ezmoneyaust) February 15, 2021
I think Ohio State will be waiting for Jordan to show them something else with his offseason tape and senior season tape and to get to know him more. But I do think Ohio State is near the top of Jordan’s list, and with the Buckeyes seemingly out of the running for Will Johnson and Denver Harris, maybe they’ll put more of an effort for Jordan and two other curves I love in this one. class in Toriano. Pride and Ryan Turner.
Like Antwi, winning this prospect from Peach State will be tough for the Buckeyes, especially since they were late with an offer. That said, the four-star defensive tackle from Cedar Grove, Georgia placed Larry Johnson and Co. on a final list of schools that was in the top four before making it into the top five to include Ohio State.
– Christen Miller (@ Trenchking2) February 18, 2021
I put Miller on this list in part because he is the only one of these five to have a public engagement date, and that date (April 4) is fast approaching. I wouldn’t be surprised if he opted to delay that to give Ohio State more time to build a relationship with him and make more visits. The Bulldogs remain in the driver’s seat, but we’ll see if Day, Johnson and area recruiter Al Washington can make a big, quick move here.
Rumors are that the three-star IMG (Florida) Academy offensive tackle, who recently transferred to the Bradenton center from Buckeye Cormontae Hamilton defensive end’s alma mater Whitehaven, Memphis, wants to lock his name in the class. . But there may be some delays until the visits can be made.
If Bah adds “Buckeye commit” to the side of his name, it would give Greg Studrawa and Kennedy Cook a massive player (6ft 6ft, 325lbs) to add to the fold in the greatest remaining need of the class show. However, he would also be a developing type of prospect, and the Buckeyes will still need to add a high-level type at the position. That starts with Kiyaunta Goodwin and continues with guys like Zach Rice and Kam Dewberry.
Bonus: Luke Montgomery, Brenan Vernon
Pickerington Central’s Sonny Styles is not on this list because I think there is more work to be done there than with the other top Ohio players, Montgomery and Vernon, in the 2023 class.
But Findlay’s offensive line prospect Montgomery, a likely player in the top 150 (the top 150 would be on the lower end considering his enormous potential), and Vernon, a five-star defensive end sure of Mentor, seem like locks on. this point to finish like Buckeyes. Sometime along the way, that is.
“I love the state of Ohio,” Montgomery said. Eleven warriors shortly after Ohio State offered last week. “Coach Stud grew up playing 20 minutes from me at Fostoria. I was born in Columbus. I lived there for about a year and I still have family in Columbus. I am very familiar with the area. I go there a lot, I love the campus and obviously the academic level is also huge. ”
Vernon, meanwhile, compares himself to Nick Bosa and should be the next in Johnson’s long line of defensive ends. Once again, as with Pickerington North’s five-star Jack Sawyer in the 2021 cycle, the Buckeyes have a top-line defensive end in their backyard who grew up loving scarlet and gray.
Ohio has a fully loaded defensive class in 2023 led by potential five-star safety Styles, Vernon and four-star linebacker / safety Trevor Carter out of Ironton. Montgomery would be included in that group, too, if he wanted to keep the defensive end job he held for Findlay before moving to offensive tackle this offseason.
Either way, Montgomery and Vernon will eventually (in my prediction) give Ohio State a tremendous double hit in the state, and if the Buckeyes add Styles to that group, then there will be absolutely zero drop for the program in terms of recruiting of Top-tier state talent from the classes of 2021 and 2022.