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Emeka Egbuka on Buckeyes relationships, reputation and recruitment

Jeremy-Birminghamby:Jeremy Birmingham05/28/19


Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help you navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest: Emeka Egbuka, a 2021 standout who is at the top of Ohio State’s recruiting board.

There are not many college coaches recruiting at a higher level right now than Buckeyes wide receivers coach Brian Hartline. So when he finds — and focuses on — a player that he believes is a gamechanger, it’s wise to pay close attention to that player’s recruitment.

That’s Emeka Egbuka. A 5-star prospect in the Class of 2021 from Steilacoom (Wash.) — currently ranked as the country’s top-ranked athlete and No. 13 overall player — the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Pacific Northwest standout is one of the Buckeyes top overall targets in his class and a top priority at receiver for Hartline and Ohio State.

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Emeka Egbuka a top target for Ohio State in the Class of 2021. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Washington is a state full of talent in the soon-to-be junior class, and the state’s third-ranked prospect spent a weekend in Columbus in March and left that trip giving Ohio State high marks.

“I don’t know what I expected,” Egbuka said. “I just love the energy. It’s just different from other places I have been. It’s just something you can’t put into words. Just a vibe you get when you’re surrounded by the people and the community.”

Egbuka — pronounced Eh-buka because the G is silent — has an vocal Gee recruiting him as well as Brian Hartline and Ryan Day: Buckeyes commitment Gee Scott lives just about an hour away and is hoping that connection can help bring the young receiver to Columbus with him.

What’s next for Egbuka? How is he handling his recruitment and the pressures that come with it? Egbuka talks about those things and more in this week’s edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

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