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Ohio State trending for two 5-stars, according to On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine

Drew Schott11/24/22
Article written by:On3 imageDrew Schott


COLUMBUS, OHIO - NOVEMBER 12: Head Coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts following an Ohio State touchdown during the fourth quarter of a game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Ohio Stadium on November 12, 2022 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Ben Jackson/Getty Images)

Ohio State‘s 2023 recruiting class is No. 4 in the 2023 On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings and No. 1 in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes’ group is led by four top-50 prospects, including Miami Gardens (Fla.) American Heritage five-star wide receiver Brandon Inniss and Findlay (Ohio) four-star interior offensive lineman Luke Montgomery.

But, head coach Ryan Day and his staff are not done on the recruiting trail. According to the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine, Ohio State is leading for multiple five-star recruits.

RPM was released to the public in December. The On3 engineering group teamed up with Spiny.ai to create the industry’s first algorithm and machine learning-based product to predict where athletes will attend college. 

It factors in machine learning, social sentiment, visits and historical trends. However, expert predictions are still a big piece of the RPM equation.

For more Ohio State recruiting intel, check out Lettermen Row.

5-star DL Matayo Uiagalelei
On3 Consensus: No. 25
School: Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco
On3 Recruiting Prediction MachineOhio State 48%, USC 31%, Oregon 16.2%
On3 NIL Valuation$211K
The Skinny: Uiagalelei’s recruitment seems to be a three-team race between the Buckeyes, Ducks and Trojans, as well a potential wild-card in Georgia. Ohio State, Oregon and USC received official visits in June, as well as unofficial visits this season. However, the Buckeyes are in the lead right now. According to On3’s Chad Simmons, Ohio State “could be tough to beat” for Uiagalelei, who has a good relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson.

5-star EDGE Damon Wilson
On3 Consensus: No. 30
School: Venice (Fla.)
On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine: Ohio State 69.8%, Georgia 21.2%, Miami 6.9%, Alabama 1.4% 
On3 NIL Valuation$194K
The Skinny: Georgia and Ohio State seem to have emerged as the frontrunners for Wilson. Both schools received official visits this fall. Additionally, Wilson will be back in Columbus for an unofficial visit this weekend. Per Simmons, Wilson’s trek to The Game is expected to be his final campus trip before in-home visits start. The Florida native told Simmons on Nov. 12 that he “likes what Ohio State has in place.”