Ohio State has big week, key decisions on both lines for 2022

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COLUMBUS — Ohio State has dominated the recruiting trail in the opening days of July, providing plenty to talk about on the latest episode of Talking Stuff. 

The Buckeyes have landed three commitments in less than a week.

First was 2022 cornerback Terrance Brooks. The 4-star defensive back committed to Ohio State roughly two weeks after landing a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. The son of former NFL defensive back Chet Brooks, Terrance Brooks fits the type of cornerback Kerry Coombs wants in his secondary. With an 80-inch wingspan and 6-foot-1 and 195-pound frame, he can play at the outside or inside corner spot, even sliding back to safety if needed.

The biggest pickup for the Buckeyes in their run of pledges was the second one. They landed their prized recruit in the class of 2021 on Sunday when J.T. Tuimoloau announced his decision. The No. 1 overall player in the nation per 247Sports.com, he’s a defensive lineman who is expected to arrive in Columbus this week and make an immediate impact. A prolonged recruitment due to the NCAA’s dead period, the Buckeyes ultimately beat out Oregon, USC, Washington and Alabama for Tuimoloau. His commitment is a validation of Ryan Day’s recruiting style and Larry Johnson’s legendary status.

And on Monday, Brian Hartline picked up another elite wideout in class of 2022 4-star wide receiver Kojo Antwi. At one point in the receiver’s recruitment, the Buckeyes were looking in from the outside. But a phone call with Hartline resulted in Antwi pushing back his commitment timeline. The extra time gave Hartline all he needed to strengthen his relationship with the receiver and hold off Georgia, Texas A&M and Alabama.

That’s not all the guys talked about, though. Tegra Tshabola is currently the only offensive lineman in the Ohio State class. The Buckeyes are still in the mix for highly-rated offensive line prospects Earnest Greene, Kam Dewberry, Aamil Wagner, Addison Nichols, Zach Rice and Tyler Booker.

Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham and Spencer Holbrook are discussing those topics and more in the latest episode of Talking Stuff, the recruiting podcast from Lettermen Row.

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