Ohio State has options as Buckeyes look to replace Benji Gosnell in 2022 class

Jeremy Birminghamabout 2 months
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Have a question about Ohio State recruiting? This is the place for you. Check-in daily to see what’s on the mind of Buckeyes fans all over the country. Today we’ll examine a few of the options available to Ohio State as the Buckeyes look to replace recently decommitted tight end Benji Gosnell.

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The plan for Ohio State was always to take two tight ends in the Class of 2022. That’s why the Buckeyes accepted a pair of commitments at the position from two prospects they’d never met in person. It wasn’t a case where it was one or the other, ever. Bennett Christian played a major part in Benji Gosnell committing last November. That was the plan.

Now that Gosnell decommitted from Ohio State, the chase begins anew for the Buckeyes as they look to find another complement to Christian in their top-ranked 2022 recruiting class. There is bound to be some discussion about whether or not that’s necessary at this point, especially with 16 commitments and so many other targets remaining. The Buckeyes will lose Jeremy Ruckert following this upcoming season but the roster still has Cade Stover, Gee Scott, Joe Royer and Sam Hart on it to go along with Christian. The argument could be made that a second option in this class isn’t necessary.

But until one or two of those guys hits his stride and shows he can be a No. 1-type of option for Kevin Wilson there’s uncertainty about standing pat. That means Ohio State needs to look at all available options.

What could Ohio State do at tight end in 2022?

The first thing that should happen is a call to Oscar Delp.

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Delp was offered by Ohio State last summer, but the recruitment never gained much traction because of the early verbals from Christian and Gosnell. It’s probably too late for the Buckeyes to become a real player in his recruitment, but being one of the country’s top-tier programs means going after the best available players. The truth is that the Buckeyes are now behind for nearly every top-level tight end because they’d not been recruiting them with two players in the mix. Only seven of the Top 30 tight ends are uncommitted. Adding another player almost certainly means a flip from another program is necessary.

If Delp or one of the other uncommitted kids aren’t interested, there really good players committed elsewhere close to Columbus. Elijah Brown from Huber Heights (Wayne, Ohio) is committed to Alabama. I’m not sure there’s any chance he would flip to the Buckeyes, or that they’d go after him, but that’s going to be a discussion. Another player in Ohio committed elsewhere is Kenston (Ohio) 3-star tight end Ryan Miller. He’s pledged to the Indiana Hoosiers. Anderson (Cincinnati) High School’s Brody Foley is committed to Tennessee and Charlie Kenrich, Ohio’s No. 20-ranked prospect, is committed to Purdue. Kenrich was at Ohio State last month and was very impressive in an individual workout with Kevin Wilson.

Around the country, there are other alternatives. I personally am buying into the idea of bigger wide receivers that transition to the tight end position. The success of Kyle Pitts at Florida helped inspire Gee Scott to move positions and I thought Massachusetts receiver Joseph Griffin could be that type of prospect when he camped for the Buckeyes in June. Griffin, also a talented basketball player, is committed to Boston College and is still considering an offer from Notre Dame. I have no idea if Griffin has ever considered a move to tight end, but it may be worth an ask.

The bottom line? Ohio State has some options on the table and some decisions to make at tight end. Either way, the Buckeyes don’t need to hurry to replace Benji Gosnell.

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