Earlier is better for Buckeyes running back recruiting

Jeremy Birminghamover 1 year
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There’s two distinctly different ways that this question could be answered, right?

The best case scenario for Ohio State? In my humble opinion, that’s an easy thing to figure out. 5-star running back Camar Wheaton and 4-star running back Donovan Edwards both decide to go play in Columbus for the Buckeyes.

Now, as for a more realistic best-case scenario? That’s a bit more complicated.

After the frustrations of running back recruiting in the Class of 2020, one thing stands out as somewhat of a necessity for Ohio State: Getting a running back officially in the fold as a commitment earlier rather than later. Top targets like Evan Pryor and the aforementioned Donovan Edwards are set for March visits. It will be early March in the case of Edwards, and Pryor has at least tentatively planned to make a college decision before the Buckeyes spring game wraps up spring practices the weekend of April 10.

That duo, along with Cincinnati Roger Bacon 4-star Corey Kiner, seem much closer to wrapping up their recruitments than other top targets, including Virginia star TreVeyon Henderson, who is supposed to make his first visit to Columbus over the spring game weekend.

Then there are other options like the Texas trio of Wheaton, Brandon Campbell and L.J. Johnson Jr. Wheaton has been to Ohio State for a visit in the past, and sources in Texas continue to insist that the Buckeyes are one of his top choices. But if he’s serious about Ryan Day’s program, he’ll be working toward another visit in the near future to back that up.

Campbell and Johnson are more recent offers, but there’s been a real push made by Tony Alford with each. Until visits occur, though, it’s hard to feel too optimistic even after the unexpected commitment from J.K. Dobbins without visiting back in the winter of 2016. That’s a rare thing after all.

Last cycle, the Buckeyes thought they had a pair of running backs committed in June and ended up not landing one until almost December. For peace of mind in 2021 and for the class to be truly considered one of the country’s best, Ohio State has to bring in one of the premiere soon-to-be-senior running backs sooner rather than later.

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