A very Merry Christmas for Ohio State recruiting; five overlooked gifts in the 2023 class

Matt Parker12/25/22
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2023 Ohio State wide receiver signee Bryson Rodgers (Bryson Rodgers/Twitter)

COLUMBUS — Merry Christmas, Ohio State.

The Buckeyes once again have made the nice list and were gifted 20 new signees a few days before the 25. Ohio State has the No. 5 2023 class according to the On3 Consensus Team Rankings and the top-rated class in the Big Ten.

Lettermen Row analyzes five overlooked prospects in the 2023 class who could become real solid gifts for Ohio State.

Let’s look.

Miles Walker

If he’s a fast-learning, Miles Walker could be an incredible offensive tackle for the Buckeyes.

The three-star Greenwich (Conn) Brunswick School tackle stands a massive 6-foot-6, 275-pounds and based on recent photos, that weight might be a little low.

Walker continues to grow into his body and utilize his raw skills. Once he spends the winter with strength coach Mickey Marotti and spring with offensive line coach Justin Frye, things could be interesting heading into August camp.

Kayden McDonald

Four-star Suwanee (Ga) North Gwinnett defensive lineman Kayden McDonald is absolutely a disruptor in the interior defensive line.

The 6-foot-2, 325-pound defensive tackle had over 200 career tackles in high school. Those numbers certainly will plummet in college based on the competition spike, but McDonald is one of the most slept-on prospects in the 2023 cycle.

His development with Larry Johnson is critical, but that’s one of the reasons why he chose Ohio State.

Bryson Rodgers

If there is such a thing as an underrated wide receiver recruited by Brian Hartline, it’s Bryson Rodgers.

The four-star Zephyrhills (Fla) Wiregrass Ranch wide receiver has shades of Paris Campbell and Chris Olave in his game. Rodgers is one of the best route runners in the country and his breaks are the highlight of that process.

Lincoln Kienholz

An underrated quarterback is going to Ohio State? It’s a new narrative, but that’s the case here with Lincoln Kienholz.

The four-star Pierre (S.D.) T.F. Riggs signal-caller ended his prep career with 9,100 passing yards — the new South Dakota record.

He’ll certainly push current quarterbacks Kyle McCord and Devin Brown and the competition in that room is what made him flip from Washington to Ohio State.

Casey Magyar

Ohio State rarely utilizes the transfer portal, but when it does, it seemingly always finds a new kicker.

Welcome back home, Casey Magyar.

The Kent State transfer played at Dublin Coffman, a Columbus suburb, and after two seasons with the Golden Flashes, he found his way home.

Ohio State will have kicker Noah Ruggles depart from the program because of eligibility expiration which leaves it with only true freshman Jayden Fielding. Fielding handles kickoff duties right now, but having an experienced placekicker is important, and that’s what Magyar brings.

Magyar will join the Buckeyes as a preferred walk-on and will battle Fielding and Parker Lewis for the job.