Scarlet Sunrise: Nobody has more top-50 players than Ohio State

Spencer Holbrook2 months
Garrett Wilson 2 By Birm-Lettermen Row
Garrett Wilson should be a superstar for the Buckeyes this fall. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Nobody has more top-50 players than Ohio State

Ohio State has an elite roster heading into this season. It might be the best, most complete roster in the country.

That was proven over the weekend, when ProFootball Focus listed its top 50 players in college football for this season. And the Buckeyes were tied with Alabama for the most players in that top 50 — each school has four players on the list.

Wide receiver Chris Olave was the No. 10 player and the No. 1 wide receiver, while fellow wide receiver Garrett Wilson was No. 13 overall and the second-best wide receiver returning. Starting left tackle and future NFL draft pick Thayer Munford made the list as the No. 14 player returning, while defensive tackle and returning All-American Haskell Garrett made the list at No. 21.

No other Big Ten school had more than one player on the list, and nobody had more players than Ohio State, proving the Buckeyes roster is as elite as any in the country.

Quinn Ewers growing relationship with Clemson quarterback commit

Quinn Ewers is committed to Ohio State. Cade Klubnik is committed to Clemson. And the quarterbacks, despite the growing rivalry between the two schools they are committed to, are becoming good friends due to their high-school connections and their elite camp circuit.

Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more on their budding friendship. Part of it can be found here:

It’s a friendship that is somewhat new. Both young quarterbacks had heard of each other through the years, though. Todd Dodge, Klubnik’s coach at Westlake (Austin) High School is the father of Ewers’ coach, Riley, at Southlake Carroll. The two Texas powerhouses met this past January for a state title tilt at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Klubnik bested Ewers that day. When the game was over, Klubnik sought out his would-be rival to offer support, finding Quinn Ewers understandably upset.

“It really showed his character,” Ewers said. “For him to do that, just after the game, he could have been celebrating. But he looked for me and wanted to acknowledge me and that meant a lot.”

READ: Quinn Ewers, Cade Klubnik growing friendship not personal rivalry

Top Buckeyes safety target trims list

Ohio State made a big impression on 4-star safety Zion Branch when he took an official visit in early June. That helped the Buckeyes become one of the five schools still in the running for the Las Vegas Bishop Gorman standout. He announced his top schools on Twitter on Friday, and that list includes Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, Oklahoma and USC.

The Buckeyes have prioritized Branch for months. He’s one of what the Ohio State coaching staff hopes will be three safeties in the top-ranked 2022 recruiting class being put together by Ryan Day. Branch, Iowa 4-star Xavier Nwankpa and current verbal Kye Stokes each have a unique role in Kerry Coombs defense. That three safety push is something that has been plainly explained to the top safety prospect.

Outside of his early June visit with the Buckeyes, Branch also took official visits with the Sooners and the Trojans. The Crimson Tide and Tigers are each scheduled to receive one this fall. If Branch waits that long to decide. He wanted to have a choice made, initially, before September.

READ: Zion Branch includes Ohio State, USC in narrowed down top-schools list

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