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Safety Xavier Nwankpa Southeast Polk Iowa

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Special Teams Coordinator Matt Barnes is recruiting Safety Xavier Nwankpa for the Ohio State Buckeye’s 2022 class and appears to have the upper hand on a number of college programs. Nwankpa is the 7th best safety in the country for 2022 and has offers from 23 schools including Ohio State, Iowa, Iowa State (where his dad played), LSU and Texas. Both Barnes and Kerry Coombs speak with him on a weekly basis. That constant contact has created a great relationship between the coaches and Nwankpa.

Ohio State 2022 Class

Ohio State is building the best class in the nation for the recruiting cycle after have a #2 class in 2021. Ryan Day and his coaches have been incredible effective brining top talent to Columbus Ohio from all across the country. And now Steve Lorenz from The Michigan Insider feels they are leading for the standout defensive back.

Several current commits have been active recruiting Nwankpa for the Buckeyes. Those involved include linebacker CJ Hicks, Dasan McCullough, and tight end Bennett Christian. Nwankpa comes from one of the better programs and is located right outside of Des Moines.

What Xavier Nwankpa Offers

Nwankpa, the best prospect in Iowa for 2022, at 6’3” and 190lbs offers the height and length that Kerry Coombs loves. He is able to make big hits while also covering man to man on the outside. He’s a long strider with great make-up speed, someone that could quickly make an impact on the college level. Plays a number of positions in high school.

1/14/2021 3:11:36 PM
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Ohio State 2021 Football Class

Ohio State closed on its 2021 football recruiting class this week by having 21 players sign letters of intent during the early signing period. This is Ryan Day’s first class that he recruited from start to finish. One additional player has yet to sign, JT Tuimoloau, the second best strong side defensive end in the country. Tuimoloau is waiting until the late signing period February 3rd. The class is ranked 2nd in the country behind Alabama and the best in the Big Ten conference.

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QB Kyle McCord – An early commit, 5 star player, helped recruit many of the offensive players in the class. Played with Marvin Harrison Jr at St Joseph’s.

RB TreVeyon Henderson – The first 5 star running back at Ohio State since Beanie Wells, could get early playing time next season with McCall and Sermon graduating.

RB Evan Pryor – Did not play his senior season due to the pandemic but had over 2,500 yards with 24 touchdowns as a junior.

WR Emeka Egbuka – The top wide receiver in the country and third in row to select Ohio State after Julian Fleming (2020) and Garrett Wilson (2019). Ohio State is sick with receiver talent.

WR Jayden Ballard – A really good Ohio receiver from Massillon with 573 yards as a senior and 7 touchdowns. Ranked the 8th best wide receiver nationally.

WR Marvin Harrison Jr – The son of former NFL receiver Marvin Harrison. Had over 2500 yards and 37 touchdowns on a top ranked high school team that earned three state titles.

TE Sam Hart – From Colorado Cherokee Trail, considered the 15th best tight end in the country.

OT Ben Christman – Sixth best offensive guard for 2021 nationally and was a Division II All-Ohio pick.

OL Donovan Jackson – Could play left tackle, or any position on the line at Ohio State. Rated as the number one guard across the country and could play early for the Buckeyes.

OL Zen Michalski – A little bit of a late pick-up for the team, considered a tackle prospect who converted from a tight-end.

SDE Jack Sawyer – The first to commit in the class, a 5 star recruit from Pickerington North, is looking forward to working with Larry Johnson more and continuing on the legacy of the Bosa brothers and Chase Young.

DT Tyleik Williams – 12th best defensive tackle, like many, did not get to play as a Senior because of Covid-19 concerns. Plans to enroll in the Winter and get started early on his college career.

DT Mike Hall – Another Ohio prospect considered one of the best nationally, ranked as the 4th best defensive tackle.

LB Reid Carrico – As a junior he had 168 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 sacks. The countries 5th best inside linebacker, he is coming in early with many of his classmates.

DB Jordan Hancock - One of the top two cornerbacks in the class, a top 100 recruit, helps Coombs shore up a much need position going into 2021.

DB Jakailin Johnson – A top 100 recruit at cornerback, could get a look early with Shawn Wade going to the NFL.

DB Jantzen Dunn – From a really good program in Kentucky, his father played basketball for Miami of Florida. The 12th best safety nationally.

DB Andre Turrentine – The 9th best safety in the country, also played wide receiver at Nashville Ensworth.

DB Denzel Burke – The 8th highest ranked athlete in the country. Is coming to Ohio State in the Winter to enroll.

DB Jaylen Johnson – Cincinnati LaSalle safety, the 29th best in the country. Had 55 tackles this year after getting 61 as a Junior.

12/18/2020 6:32:29 PM
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Point Guard Bruce Thornton From Milton Alpharetta GA

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Point Guard Bruce Thornton from Milton Alpharetta Georgia committed to play for Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2022. Thornton is quite a get for the OSU team as he is considered the 7th best point guard in the country and the 30th best overall prospect.

The Ohio State 2022 Basketball Class

The 2022 class for the Buckeyes is almost complete now with Thornton, shooting guards Roddy Gayle Jr and Bowen Hardman. Josiah Harris from Richmond Heights Ohio or a out-of-state center could still be added. The OSU class is currently ranked the best in the country.

Bruce Thornton Commitment

Four star Thornton was recruited by Jake Diebler made the announcement on Thanksgiving and will look at get time on the floor as Meechie Johnson becomes a junior in 2022 and graduates the year after. His relationship with Diebler and Holtmann was a major reason that he selected the Buckeyes over other Big 10 teams.

Other schools looking to land Thornton included Alabama, Georgia, Purdue and Indiana.

What Thornton Brings to Ohio State

Last season he averaged 23 point/game with 6.1 assists and 7 and a half rebounds. He feels his leadership as a point guard is one of the best aspects that he brings to a program. His tough defense is also something that catches everyone’s eye when watching him play.

11/27/2020 8:28:12 AM
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Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr Ohio State 2022 Commit

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Youngstown New York 4 star Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr has committed to play at Ohio State in 2022 for Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. The 6’4” 195 lbs. prospect is considered the #1 player in New York, the 7th best shooting guard in the country and the 76th best overall in the country. He also had offers from Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Connecticut and Alabama.

Roddy Gayle Jr Recruitment

Assistant coach Jake Diebler recruit Gayle for Ohio State. Beating Syracuse for a recruit the Buckeyes offered in June is a great feat for the Buckeyes who have solidified their back court for years to come.

Gayle Visits

On a visit Gayle took to Ohio State in March of 2020, he fell in love with the atmosphere and the facilities at OSU. He was able to build a relationship with the members of the basketball staff at Ohio State and catch a Michigan home game. On a recent virtual conference with the coaches, Gayle found out how the program plans to use him and felt the team was the right place for him.

What Gayle Offers Ohio State

Gayle is a little bit of a different guard. His speed is great in transition and he is versatile, able to play any of the guard positions. Plus he has a smooth offensive style with a great jump-shot.

11/13/2020 9:17:06 PM
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Tyleik Williams Ohio State Defensive Tackle from Unity Reed Virginia

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Unity Reed’s Tyleik Williams recently committed to play college football at Ohio State in 2021. He joins the 2nd best class in the country on a team that should be loaded with talent and competing for a national championship. He had 31 offers total including offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Boston College and Duke. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson recruit Williams for the Buckeyes along with Al Washington. He comes in as a 6’3” 325lbs 4 star prospect, considered the 8th best defensive tackle in the country, and the 3rd best recruit in the state of Virginia for 2021.

Visits Tyleik Williams Took

Official visits to college campuses has been limited during this recruiting cycle because of Covid 19 fears and it even caused the Big 10 to cancel their season before reversing their decision. Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff has been one of the programs that has had great success despite not bringing kids to the school. Larry Johnson was one of the big reasons Williams selected Ohio State, as Johnson is considered one of the best developers of NFL talent in the country.

What Ohio State Gets in Tyleik Williams

Williams is a lean quick athlete that can get upfield in a hurry. His ability to move along the line and push away from offensive lineman has allowed him to rack up tackles in high school. Will do good to add some strength, improve his moves, and play a little bit lower in college.

The 2021 Ohio State Football Class

Williams is the third defensive line recruit for Ohio State in their 2021 class. He joins lineman Jack Sawyer and Mike Hall in an group that should dominate in years to come. Ohio State has been battling Alabama for the top spot in 2021 class rankings with the Crimson Tide taking a couple of the Buckeye recruits this round. Getting Williams was great for a program that lost defensive tackle Tunmise Adeleye and needed another top caliber player at the position. They could still use a rush end like JT Tuimoloau from Washington.

Tyleik Williams Highlights - He is committed to THE Ohio State University. #GoBucks (WRE)

9/29/2020 3:20:14 PM
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Justin Medlock Manvel Texas Linebacker

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Do you remember the Manvel team- that finished with a record of 13-1? The team that only allowed 19 points / a game? Who was the anchor behind the team? Well, that was one Justin Medlock. He is a tackling machine and was the only player of the Maverick squad that finished with more than 100 tackles. Also, he recorded two fumble recoveries, defended five passes, and three and a half sacks. The linebacker from Manvel Texas is one of the top prospect in the country for 2022.

The amateur athlete recently visited the UT campus, and while he was there, he received an incredible offer. The 6'1'' 200-pound linebacker has a growing list of scholarship offers. These include Oregon, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Ohio State, and Washington. Also, of course the OSU Buckeyes gave the athlete a scholarship offer that he finds the most attractive of them all.

Features of Justin Medlock

Medlock is being recruited by Al Washington for Ohio State. In 2019 as a sophomore he was first-team all-district and is a great athlete coming from a family of athletes. His father played for Texas A&M and his brother, Jayce, is a tight-end at Connecticut.

One of the greatest strides that Medlock has made in his career is being versatile. The versatility of playing various linebacker positions is an element that has put him at par with the other top talents in the country. That is why, according to 247Sports, he's ranked at No. 8 inside linebacker in the class of 2022.

With the great height of 6-foot-1, and the weight of 210 pounds, time is on the side of the rising junior; hence, he has room to add muscle. Staying in shape is also not a worrying issue since the youngster works out three days a week.

Ohio State 2022 football class

Ohio State football projects to be one program in the country with multiple top commits in its 2022 class. According to the rankings, the class is No. 2 behind LSU. In April, Jyaire Brown, the defensive back, was the first player to join the class. The class has 5 players rated at four stars or above with linebacker Dasan McCullough, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola being some of the best.

8/26/2020 7:09:16 PM
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Gabe Powers 2022 Marysville Ohio Linebacker

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Gabe Powers, an outside linebacker prospect from Marysville Ohio (Ohio Capital Conference Monarchs), is considered the 2nd best linebacker in the country for 2022. Being the child of a football coach, Powers learned the linebacker position very young.

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Powers, 6’4” and 225 pounds, is the overall top State of Ohio football prospect. He grew up an Ohio State fan but has been recruited heavily by the Wolverines. He is considered an Ohio State lock by Steve Wiltfong and a high Ohio State lean by a composite of Crystal Ball predictions. He could play defensive end in college in addition to linebacker.

Powers Scholarship Offers

Powers has scholarship offers from over 20 schools including Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, USC, Florida State, Boston College, Colorado, Arkansas and Ohio State.

Powers Visits to Columbus

He is being recruit for the Buckeyes by Al Washington. He visited Columbus on August 8th, 2019 when he met Washington, Ryan Day and coach Ed Terwilliger. But he was not planning on making a decision soon when he was on campus last. He wanted to make visits and see how coaches interact with their players during practice, that was not possible when COVID 19 hit the country earlier this year.

Ohio State 2022 Class

If he was to commit to Ohio State for 2022, he would join a class with current members cornerback Jyaire Brown, linebacker CJ Hicks, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola from West Chester Ohio. He wears number 36 as well as his brother but does not admit that it is because of Ohio State great Chris Spielman.

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7/30/2020 2:26:49 PM
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Dillon Dingler Picked with 38th Pick by the Detroit Tigers

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Ohio State Buckeye catcher Dillon Dingler was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2020 MLB Draft with the first pick of the round making him their catcher of the future. Many felt Dingler was a first round pick but was available with the 38th selection for the Tigers. Also ranked as the 3rd best catcher, many consider the pick a steal with his athletic ability on the field.

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Some feel catcher Jake Rogers might be on his way out as the main man behind the plate in Detroit. Dingler is favorably compared to Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly. Many see his potential as a stronger hitter and an everyday catcher, which is why the Tigers pulled the trigger on him during the 2nd day of the draft.

Dillon Dingler Ohio State Career

Dingler, a Massillon Ohio Jackson High School grad, came back from an uneventful freshman year and a broken wrist bone to hit .291 as a sophomore and put his name on the map as a potential draft selection. When 2020 got underway he took off hitting .340 in 13 games before the NCAA shut down the season over Covid 19 concerns. He also had 5 home runs, 14 RBIs and 4 doubles in the shortened season.

Brought into Ohio State as an outfielder and switching to catcher, Dingler (6’3” 220 lbs.) excelled behind the plate. Scouts are praising his arm strength and accuracy of throws. A three time captain with the Buckeyes, his leadership was important for the club. He becomes the highest drafted baseball player out of Ohio State in the past 10 years.

Dingler was a three sport athlete in high school, starring in basketball, baseball, and football. Jackson High was state finalist in basketball and state finalist in baseball his senior year. Dingler was coached by catching coach Greg Beals at Ohio State and now looks to earn close to $2 million a year in the MLB.

Road to Detroit: Dillon Dingler

6/12/2020 4:15:47 PM
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Top Ten Defensive Tackle Tywone Malone from Oradell New Jersey

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Tywone Malone is a 2021 four star Defensive Tackle from Oradell Bergen Catholic in New Jersey and a top prospect with over 29 schools pursuing him for the incoming football classes. He is considered the 7th best d-tackle in the country and the 118th best overall recruit in the class. According to some services that monitor a prospects interest like 247 Sports, Malone favors Ohio State, Rutgers, Ole Miss, and Texas A&M.


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Malone also plays baseball in high school and wants to continuing playing both sports in college. He plays third and first base in addition to pitching for the Bergen Crusaders.


Malone has the body of an interior defensive lineman (6’4” and 300lbs.) who is strong in the middle of the line and able to stop a run play by getting to the ball quickly. While at the same time being quick enough to get down the line of scrimmage in pursuit of a ball carrier. He uses his strength to dominate players at the high school level. This past season he worked on his pass rush and feels he has greatly improved.


Tywone Malone Offers


Online he has only stated that his list is down to 14 schools including USC, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Florida, Virginia Tech, Penn State, LSU, Florida State, Tennessee and the four mentioned above.


Recruiting Malone for Ohio State is defensive line coach Larry Johnson who is known for developing NFL players. Chris Patridge is working on Malone for Ole Miss and promising him he can play two sports. Jim Panagos is representing the rebounding and exciting Rutgers team for Malone’s services and Texas A&M has top recruiter Elijah Robinson as their main man of this great New Jersey football and baseball talent.


He is projected to finally pick Ohio State as his 2021 destination but things could change prior to signing day.


Tywone Malone Visits


Of these schools, Tywone Malone unofficially visited Virginia Tech Hokies on February 9, 2019, he visited the Penn State Nittany Lions on July 27, 2019, and unofficially visited the Texas A&M Aggies on October 5, 2019.


Visits have been limited for Malone due to the coronavirus pandemic and NCAA restrictions of visits. He plans on making some trips once the limitations are lifted. He was recently asked to play in the 2021 Under Armour All-American bowl game.

Tywone Malone Ultimate Highlights // 2021 4⭐️ DT Bergen Catholic

5/21/2020 8:47:28 PM
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Ohio State Punter Jesse Mirco from Perth Australia

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Jesse Mirco from Perth Australia will be joining the 2021 Ohio State class as a scholarship punter. He made the announcement on Twitter yesterday saying that he was honored to be a part of the school.

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The 23 year old Mirco currently plays Australian football. It took him 4 months to learn to punt in an American football style prior to getting the OSU offer.

Current Ohio State punter Drue Chrisman will be playing his final season at OSU this fall so having a new punter on scholarship is important for the program in 2021. Chrisman is a 5th year graduate.

Mirco will visit Columbus this Fall to see a game at the Horseshoe, he has never been to Ohio. But he only spoke to the Buckeye coaches about playing in America and isn’t interested in any other program now. He met up with head coach Ryan Day, Mark Pantoni, and conditioning coach Mickey Marotti on a video chat last week.

Ohio State 2021 Class

Mirco becomes a part of the top top class in the country for 2021 in the Buckeyes class. He joins La Salle kicker Jake Seibert as the two new specialist coming onboard.

Bucknuts Morning 5: May 6, 2020

Prokick Australia

Prokick Australia football coaches John Smith and Nathan Chapman were instrumental in getting Mirco a spot on the Buckeyes roster. They have been transitioning athletes in Australia for 4 years to become college and NFL punters with some success.

Ohio State coach Matt Barnes contacted Prokick Australia to see who they had available in the pipeline. A pipeline that has produced over 135 special teams players at college football programs across the country. Cameron Johnston came out of the program to join Ohio State previously and is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. They recommend Mirco right-away.

When Johnson came along, Ohio State was worried as their recruited punter Johnny Townsend went to Florida at the last minute leaving them without someone to punt. Kerry Coombs found Johnson and for four years he was an outstanding player on the field. This time the Buckeyes had a plan and went to Australia to find their next four year starter.

5/7/2020 9:12:26 PM
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