Buckeyes make short list for key wide receiver target

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Carnell Tate has released his list of top-10 schools. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

COLUMBUS — One of Ohio State’s top wide receiver targets in the 2023 class, Carnell Tate, has made a big cut to his recruiting list.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver holds 30 offers from some of the top teams in college football. On Wednesday morning, he cut down the offers to a final list of 10 schools he will seriously consider the rest of his recruitment. The decision makes his list more manageable and clears up what schools are really a contender to land the elite wideout.

Ole Miss, Michigan, Texas, LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Florida State, Illinois, Penn State and Ohio State will have a major battle over the next few months.

It’s no surprise the Buckeyes made the cut. The IMG Academy prospect from Chicago has built a close relationship with Brian Hartline, especially over the last month. Tate visited Columbus twice, working out one-on-one with the Ohio State wide receivers coach on June 8 and June 22.

On his first trip to Ohio State, he spent some quality time with Hartline outside of his workout, getting the opportunity to interact with him more in-person. And on his second trip, he went up against fellow 2023 wide receivers Brandon Inniss, the top-ranked receiver in the class, and and Florida 4-star Santana Fleming. Tate fit right in, looking like one of the top receivers in the nation.

“Working out with Coach Hartline was a blessing,” Tate told Lettermen Row. “Being able to improve on my game with the best coach out there is a blessing. Not too many get the chance to be recruited by Hartline and coached by him.”

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Carnell Tate is a top target for Brian Hartline and Ohio State. (Carnell Tate/Courtesy)

Ohio State officially extended an offer to Tate on April 23, and since then the relationship with the coaching staff has continued to grow.

“The staff stood out to me, all of them,” he said. “They’re family and amazing people. I could ask anyone a question without being uncomfortable, even the current receivers. I was able to talk to them and watch them run routes and get on the jug machine.”

Tate’s recruitment is shaping up to be a Notre Dame-Ohio State battle. The Buckeyes lost out to the Fighting Irish on in-state 5-star defensive end Brenan Vernon on Tuesday. And In-state 4-star offensive lineman Luke Montgomery also released his top-12 schools Tuesday, which included Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish might continue to be a main competitor for Ohio State in the 2023 cycle, but Carnell Tate is priority for the Buckeyes.

Wednesday morning’s announcement just puts the elite wide receiver’s recruitment in clear view.