Key targets commit elsewhere, Buckeyes impact varies

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Ohio State focus on Richard Young, Justice Haynes as Treyaun Webb picks Oklahoma

As expected on Saturday, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian Academy 2023 athlete Treyaun Webb committed to Oklahoma. The Sooners appeared to have an edge for the last few weeks, following Webb’s visit to Oklahoma over the weekend of June 18. That visit was about 10 days after his only trip to Ohio State, a trip that ended with the 6-foot, 190-pound running back prospect calling the Buckeyes the leader in his recruitment.

Clearly that didn’t last long.

Ohio State has fared well at TCA traditionally, and the relationship with Tony Alford was a huge factor in Webb’s recruitment early but the impact made by Sooners running backs coach Demarco Murray was obvious. Now that Webb, who was previously committed to Georgia, is off the board and “shutting down” his recruitment, the Buckeyes will keep their focus on a pair of big-time 2023 backs that Alford has been pursuing aggressively: Richard Young and Justice Haynes. That duo also visited Columbus in June and Ohio State is in a very good early position for both. Neither are as interested in an early decision as Webb, though, so the work has to continue.

Webb is the first commitment for Oklahoma in the 2023 class. Sunday afternoon they’ll likely land 5-star quarterback Malachi Nelson as commit No. 2.

Tyler Booker commits to Alabama, Ohio State line options remain

Another relevant commitment came Friday night when offensive lineman Tyler Booker committed to Alabama. The Buckeyes were one of the five schools that the 4-star lineman took an official visit with in June but despite that, Ohio State seemed to always be behind Georgia, Alabama and Florida for the IMG Academy star.

While Booker has been a top target for the Buckeyes for a while, his decision to commit now may actually be a good thing for Greg Studrawa and Ohio State. The Buckeyes have a handful of offensive line target they’re sifting through and losing guys off the list does, at the very least, means less to manage down the road.

Ohio State has two commitments on the offensive line in 2022, with George Fitzpatrick as the second following his commitment a little more than a week ago. Studrawa will keep pushing hard for Kam Dewberry, Earnest Greene, Billy Schrauth, Addison Nichols, Aamil Wagner, Carzon Hinzman and others as the Buckeyes look for another addition.

Buckeyes turning to big end of July event

Ohio State has had a good run on the recruiting trail thanks to a busy June. July has been “dead” on the recruiting trail but that changes next week when the NCAA reopens the recruiting contact period for a week. That will permit recruits to visit again right before the Buckeyes turn their attention to fall camp ahead of the season.

While there won’t be any camps to use as a recruiting backdrop, there is going to be a fairly important BBQ/cookout/get together on July 29 that will draw some big names. 5-star running back Richard Young is coming back to Columbus along with a pair of fellow Florida stars. That is a second visit this summer for the No. 1-ranked running back. Luke Montgomery and Josh Padilla will make the short trip to town and Sonny Styles, as long as practice at Pickerington Central doesn’t get in the way, will be there as well.

We’ll keep tracking the names expected to visit as the Buckeyes put a bow on the summer of 2021.

Ohio State firmly in the mix for Jaiden Ausberry

Saturday afternoon, 2023 5-star Jaiden Ausberry dropped his top schools list on Twitter. After a visit to Columbus last month, the Buckeyes are on the list. Al Washington had the country’s No. 2-ranked linebacker at a camp in late June and made a big impression on the potential Bullet-position candidate.

“I really had no other choice but to put them in [the top schools,]” Ausberry told Lettermen Row. “When I went up there, I saw no flaws in the culture, coaching staff, facilities or campus. What I really liked most is that all of the coaches are always positive and energetic guys. I really want to get back up there for a game this season.”

There’s not been much cause to recruit Louisiana for Ohio State but Ausberry’s interest, and the odds of him leaving that state for college, are legitimate.

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