Weekend visit for Tristan Leigh raising Buckeyes optimism

Jeremy Birmingham11 months
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There does seem to be some growing optimism in the Ohio State efforts to recruit 5-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh, but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly the reasons behind it.

Ohio State has always done a good job recruiting the nation’s No. 4-ranked offensive tackle, but as we wrote about here two weeks ago, his recruitment has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Ryan Day, Greg Studrawa and the rest of the coaching staff in Columbus. There have been bouts of momentum followed by lulls where the Buckeyes seemed almost entirely out of the conversation for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Virginian.

With Leigh coming to Columbus this weekend for the upcoming Buckeyes Bash — his second trip to the city — theres’s now a tangible reason for Ohio State to feel better than before.

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Tristan Leigh visited Ohio State last November. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Leigh, his brother Aidan — a 2023 prospect who has a Buckeyes offer — and their mother Laura wouldn’t be coming to visit and be a part of the weekend’s festivities if there wasn’t a real, honest-to-goodness interest in Ohio State with two months to go before the first signing period in December. There’s no need for an expert to read those tea leaves, because they’re pretty obvious.

The reality is that Tristan Leigh has remained interested in Ohio State. This weekend’s visit, even without the chance to talk with coaches or visit the program’s incredible facilities, has the potential to really turn the tide in the Buckeyes direction. There’s a built-in advantage for the Buckeyes because of his proximity to home. And the area that Ohio State has trailed in — relationships with recruits and their families — is now on the clock. There’s a big-time opportunity for the Buckeyes to make a move. Maybe, just maybe, they can surpass LSU and Oklahoma for his eventual commitment and signing.

For that to happen, it’s going to be up to Jack Sawyer, Ben Christman, TreVeyon Henderson, Tyleik Williams and the rest of the Ohio State verbals to change the relationship portion of the equation in favor of the Buckeyes. That’s how the increasing optimism turns to results.

If it doesn’t happen, it’s just another bump in the track of this roller-coaster recruitment.

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