Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players and Ohio State coaches and staff members themselves. This week’s guest is Sonny Styles, a player with 5-star potential in the Class of 2023.
There are some kids who just have “it.” Whatever it is.
Sonny Styles appears to be one of those kids.
After missing his entire freshman season at Pickerington (Ohio) Central High School with a broken leg, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound sophomore returned to the football field on Sunday for a nationally-televised contest against crosstown rival Pickerington North.
The Tigers blew out the Panthers and Styles officially introduced himself to the national recruiting scene. By the end of the day, he’d blocked a punt, snagged an interception and scored one touchdown.
— Matt Freeman (@mattfreemanISD) August 30, 2020
He also snagged something much bigger: an offer from Ohio State.
The offer, his second, gives Sonny Styles a chance to follow in the footsteps of his father, Lorenzo Styles, by suiting up for the Buckeyes down the road. His brother, Lorenzo Jr., also had that opportunity but decided to carve out his own path by committing to Notre Dame instead.
There are three years of high school football left for the younger Styles and the options are going to come fast and furious for him now that Ohio State has kickstarted the party after his first high school game.
Is Sonny Styles ready for that pressure? How’d his offer from the Buckeyes come to fruition? What does he see happening in his recruitment?
The potential — and second in-state offer in a loaded 2023 recruiting class in Ohio — addresses those items and more in the latest edition of Birminology from Lettermen Row.