Scarlet Sunrise: Dead period over, Buckeyes return to full-bore recruiting

Spencer Holbrook4 months
Ryan Day 7 by Birm-Lettermen Row
Ryan Day and the Buckeyes open fall camp Wednesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Dead period over, Buckeyes return to full-bore recruiting

The recruiting dead period that has slowed down on-campus recruiting for 16 months is finally over.

After more than a year of virtual recruiting due to the pandemic, on-campus recruiting is permitted once again starting Tuesday. The Buckeyes have their most loaded month of recruiting visits ever loaded up and ready.

Multiple Buckeyes commits and high-level targets will be on campus for the first weekend of June. Other top prospects will come to Ohio State in the other three weekends. The football program is hosting camps throughout the month. It’s a busy time for the football program at Ohio State.

But it’s a good thing, to be so busy. Recruiting is back in-person. The dead period is over. And Ohio State can continue to build one of the best classes in the country.

Should Buckeyes be concerned with top prospect’s timeline?

Ohio State has been the leader for five-star 2021 defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau for most of the last 16 months during the dead period. But now that recruiting is open in-person again, Tuimoloau will make his long-awaited visits to Ohio State and other elite schools.

Should the Buckeyes be concerned with his visit schedule, which features trips to two schools after the Buckeyes? Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has the story:

Staying in touch with J.T. Tuimoloau after his official visit isn’t going to be easy. He’s unlikely to spend a lot of time on the phone with Larry Johnson or Ryan Day right after the trip. He’s going to leave Columbus and head straight to Oregon, then Tuscaloosa. These are business trips, and his recruiting timeline is considerably different than 2022 players.

For the country’s top-ranked 2021 prospect, a decision is coming imminently. It has to if he wants to be on campus and ready for fall camps.

For the full story, click here.

Ohio State making moves with elite California high school

Ohio State has a brand known around the country, and one of the top high schools in the country is impressed with what the Buckeyes are doing on the field and on the recruiting trail. St. John Bosco, one of the best at sending high school stars to college football programs, will send multiple players to Ohio State for visits over the course of June.

Who are those prospects? Lettermen Row’s Birm has more:

One of the country’s most talent-rich high school programs will send a handful of big-time talents to Columbus in a few weeks. The Buckeyes are set to host a five different Braves prospects across the 2022, 2023 and 2024 recruiting classes and will hope to use the success they’ve had at the Bellflower-based high school to their advantage.

“Kourt [Williams] and Wyatt [Davis] both showed me [Ohio State] is a possibility,” Marcelles Williams, a 2024 cornerback making the trip, told Lettermen Row. “Ohio State, the last few years has been DBU, and me being a cornerback they kind of become like a dream school for me.”

For more from Birm, click here.

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