Scarlet Sunrise: Buckeyes priority defensive line target trims school list

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Hero Kanu has Ohio State in his top schools list. (Spencer Holbrook/Lettermen Row)

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Hero Kanu trims list to nine, Buckeyes in mix

Hero Kanu impressed Ohio State during his two-day camp visit in June.

And the Buckeyes must’ve impressed Kanu, as well. Kanu, the country’s No. 13 defensive tackle in the class of 2022, trimmed his school list down to nine schools Friday afternoon, and the Buckeyes are certainly in the mix for his pledge. A rising senior at Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California, Kanu is also considering Alabama, Clemson, Washington, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas and USC.

Kanu was impressed by legendary Buckeyes defensive line coach Larry Johnson during his visit in June, keeping the Buckeyes near the top of his list as it narrows.

“He was very much what I thought,” Kanu told Lettermen Row during his visit in June. “I like the way he coaches. He’s very calm and goes into the details to make you better. Every single time, every single drill is something that is going to make you better. I really liked that about him.”

Hero Kanu was impressed with Johnson and the Buckeyes when he visited last month, enough so that they are currently near the top of his list as his recruitment begins to wind down.

Ohio State lands commitment from four-star offensive lineman

George Fitzpatrick hasn’t been talked about a lot. That doesn’t mean he’s not been a key recruiting target for Ohio State. He’s just not made it a public spectacle.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Colorado native was offered by the coaches at Ohio State almost a year ago. He took a visit to Columbus along with his father in February to get a feel for the campus. He quietly arranged for an official visit with the Buckeyes on the first weekend of the live recruiting period. Now, after a busy June which saw official visits to Ohio State, Michigan, Florida, Oklahoma and Oregon, George Fitzpatrick committed to the Buckeyes on Friday afternoon.

The biggest thing the addition of George Fitzpatrick does is put a lot of pressure on the Buckeyes remaining offensive line targets. There’s a plan to only take three offensive linemen in the Class of 2022 — and now Greg Studrawa has two verbals, with Fitzpatrick and Tegra Tshabola.

The Buckeyes hold on the No. 1 spot in the 2022 class rankings grows with the addition on Friday, and they lead in per-player average as well according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. Ohio State has been on a roll in recent weeks, with four new additions to the class since the start of June. George Fitzpatrick is the latest addition, and he talked to Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham about his decision.

READ MORE: Analyzing impact as four-star lineman George Fitzpatrick commits to Ohio State

Buckeyes basketball adds transfer scorer

Chris Holtmann knew Ohio State needed to find a perimeter threat this summer. Cedric Russell perfectly fit the bill. So, the Buckeyes didn’t wait long to get their guy — and Russell moved quickly to claim the open spot.

The Louisiana guard transfer announced his move on Friday afternoon, with Stadium’s Jeff Goodman first reporting that Russell has elected to use his final year of eligibility to join the Buckeyes backcourt. A first-team All-Sun Belt Conference selection this past season, he averaged a team-best 17.2 points per game and ranked No. 20 among all Division I players in 3-pointers made per game. Ohio State beat out Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Marquette and St. John’s for Russell.

Landing Russell would not of happened without the recent hire of Tony Skinn. The new Ohio State assistant coach had a previous relationship with Russell as the two met against each other when Skinn was on staff at Louisiana Tech.

The addition gives the Buckeyes a much needed point producer. With Duane Washington Jr.’s decision to stay in the NBA Draft process, the Buckeyes lost their leading scorer. Replacing what Washington brought to the floor as a leader is impossible, but finding a player capable of producing points at steady clip was a must for Holtmann.

READ: Buckeyes bolster backcourt by landing Louisiana transfer Cedric Russell

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