In-state 2022 priorities will emerge slowly for Buckeyes

Jeremy Birminghamover 1 year
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At the risk of sounding a bit too pragmatic and maybe even a touch skeptical, I don’t think that right now there are any in-state sophomore prospects who I’d classify as a must-get targets for Ohio State in the Class of 2022.

Sure, there are three 2022 offers extended inside of Ohio by the Buckeyes. That trio of players, Gabe Powers, Tegra Tshabola and C.J. Hicks, can provide important building blocks for the future of the Ohio State program. But while those players are all immensely talented, they don’t yet carry the gravitas of players like Jack Sawyer, Paris Johnson, Zach Harrison and Jackson Carman have in the last four cycles.

That’s not a knock on the 2022 standouts, either. It’s simply acknowledging that, right now, Powers, Tshabola and Hicks have to not only develop physically but also polish up their games to get to that elite level where prospects like the aforementioned group reside.

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Tegra Tshabola is a top-100 prospect with an early offer from Ohio State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

That group, top 10-ranked players, were must gets from a national perception perspective. But they were also the kind of kids Ohio State couldn’t really replace on the recruiting trail if it missed out. I don’t know if anyone considers the 2022 crop on that level right now, though there’s certainly enough upside from those three guys to get there. Ohio prospects usually do develop a bit slower than some of their national peers thanks partly to the lack of spring football is one of the reasons and non-specialized athletes playing multiple sports. So, it’s possible that those rankings change significantly in the next year or so.

There are a number of really good players in Ohio in the Class of 2022 who don’t have a Buckeyes offer yet. Sorry if I’m a broken record, but they are going to be very negatively impacted if the Buckeyes one-day camps in June are canceled as they’re expected to be. Kids like Cincinnati La Salle running back Gi’bran Payne, Westerville’s Kaden Saunders, Canal Winchester’s Stephen Byrd, Lakewood’s Trey Bixby and Strongsvillle’s Blake Miller are in line for offers from Ohio State if they get a chance to perform on campus this summer.

Ohio is and will always be one of the country’s premier producers of college football talent. The Class of 2022 is no exception. There are big-time athletes already offered and big-time talents who will earn an offer down the road, but the entire 2022 cycle will be slowed down because of the coronavirus pandemic. That means there’s likely to be plenty of time for Ohio State to sort out the particulars in that class.

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