Ohio State football: OSU takes lead in recruiting rankings

Thanks to a commit yesterday, the Ohio State football program is back atop the recruiting rankings

The Ohio State football team is back on top. Yesterday’s commitment by four-star receiver Kaleb Brown pushed Ryan Day’s team to the number one spot in 247 Sports’ 2022 recruiting rankings. After linebacker Dasan McCullough de-committed in late April, Ohio State fell to third behind Georgia and LSU.

Brown gives the Buckeyes a total of thirteen commitments so far. Four of those thirteen are five-star players; more than any other team at this time. They also have pledges from seven four-stars. Although they have one more commit than LSU and two more than Georgia, the Buckeyes have a higher average rating per player than either of the two SEC schools.

Ohio State’s class is led by the nation’s number one recruit, quarterback Quinn Ewers from Texas (read my article on him here). He’s joined by fellow five-stars Jaheim Singletary, a cornerback from Jacksonville, linebacker C.J. Hicks from Dayton, and receiver Caleb Burton from Austin, Texas.

The addition of Brown, who is from St. Rita High School in Chicago, gives the Buckeyes two of the nation’s top six receivers. Brown is rated sixth; Burton is fourth. What makes Brown’s commitment even sweeter is Michigan fans felt he was heading there at one point in his recruitment. The Wolverine message boards are filled with unhappy, frustrated fans today.

Ok, so, just where does Michigan fall in the rankings right now? The Wolverines are 21st, but have just seven commitments to this point. Their average ranking per player is a full four points behind the Buckeyes. Alabama has only seven recruits as well, but they sit 12th. Expect the Tide to make their usual late push for the top recruiting ranking. Clemson, with just four players committed, is 28th.

Who is next to commit to the Buckeyes? Right now, there doesn’t seem to be a real consensus, so I’ll make my own pick. I’m going with the nation’s number four safety, Zion Branch, to be the next to join OSU’s 2022 recruiting class. I’m really not going out on a limb here. Three of 247 Sports’ recruiting experts predicted in the last few days he’ll be joining the Buckeyes eventually.