|Former Penn State Guard Jamari Wheeler Transfers To Ohio State|
Jamari Wheeler announced that he will play his final college season for the Buckeyes after the last four years playing for the Penn State Nittany Lions. This means that the NCAA Tournament isn't even down to the final four competitors and yet the Ohio State Buckeyes have made an addition to next year's team.
Wheeler Leaving Penn State
Former Nittany Lion guard Jamari Wheeler announcer on Twitter on Tuesday night that he is transferring from to Columbus to join the team at OSU with Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. This transfer will be a tough one for Penn State fans to accept, and it will be challenging for his former team members when they come up against him next season.
Wheeler has played for Penn State for the last four years but will play his final college season for the Scarlet and Gray as he has the advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA as a result of the COVID-19 virus.
When Jamari Wheeler became available for transfer several weeks ago, it seemed as if he would leave, no matter how much Micah Shrewsberry wanted him to reconsider. What wasn't anticipated was that Jamari would choose to transfer to a top ten rival, but that's what's happened as he announced tonight he will play his final year of college basketball at Ohio State.
Jamari was clearly hoping to play his final year at a team that will be in the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann has a good team spirit going in Columbus right now and with this move signals to Sandy Barbour and the rest of the PSU athletic administration his disdain which he made clear in media last Fall.
Jamari Wheeler was a 3-year starter in State College averaging 6.8 points, 3.5 assists per game and 4.2 rebounds. Wheeler has also became a much better shooter as his career has progressed and OSU was especially attracted to him as he achieved close to two steals per game as a senior; this was a big reason at the time that the Buckeyes couldn't pull away from Penn State when they played against them this year.
How Wheeler Helps Ohio State
The move helps Ohio State address its defense in the offseason, particularly in the guard spot as C.J. Walker leaves. Wheeler will join Meechie Johnson, Duane Washington Jr., Jimmy Sotos (who is expected to return after suffering a shoulder injury at the beginning of the season) as well as incoming freshman Malaki Branham.
|4/14/2021 11:09:01 AM|
|Kiyaunta Goodwin Impressed at the Best of the Midwest Combine|
2022 Offensive Tackle Kiyaunta Goodwin is considered an Ohio State lean at this time in addition to be one of the top 10 tackles in the country for his recruiting class. Many raved about his performance at the Best of the Midwest Combine recently when he showed up in great form. From Charlestown Indiana, the 6’8” 300 lbs. prospect has offers from Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State in addition to 50 other schools.
Goodwin Physical Transformation
Goodwin has transformed himself physically. Over the last year he has gone from 425 pounds down to 300 pounds of muscle by changing his diet to mostly protein. He had a good Junior year and earned himself a top 280 national player ranking. Now he hopes to become the best player in the country, his senior season will be the test.
Recruiting Kiyaunta Goodwin
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa is recruiting Goodwin for Ohio State while Doug Marrone is in charge of getting Goodwin for Alabama. Steve Wiltfong, Bill Kurelic, and Danny West all are predicting Goodwin will end up in Columbus Ohio. Last season the Buckeyes thought they had JC Latham in the current class until Alabama came in to changed his mind. Ohio State was one of the first programs to offer his a scholarship.
Goodwin might be the #1 prospect Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaches are trying to get into their 2022 class. Everyday they have been in touch with him according to reports. They currently cannot have recruits visit as the dead-period was extended recently to May 2021.
|2/23/2021 6:56:49 PM|
|Safety Xavier Nwankpa Southeast Polk Iowa|
Special Teams Coordinator Matt Barnes is recruiting Safety Xavier Nwankpa for the Ohio State Buckeye’s 2022 class and appears to have the upper hand on a number of college programs. Nwankpa is the 7th best safety in the country for 2022 and has offers from 23 schools including Ohio State, Iowa, Iowa State (where his dad played), LSU and Texas. Both Barnes and Kerry Coombs speak with him on a weekly basis. That constant contact has created a great relationship between the coaches and Nwankpa.
Ohio State 2022 Class
Ohio State is building the best class in the nation for the recruiting cycle after have a #2 class in 2021. Ryan Day and his coaches have been incredible effective brining top talent to Columbus Ohio from all across the country. And now Steve Lorenz from The Michigan Insider feels they are leading for the standout defensive back.
Several current commits have been active recruiting Nwankpa for the Buckeyes. Those involved include linebacker CJ Hicks, Dasan McCullough, and tight end Bennett Christian. Nwankpa comes from one of the better programs and is located right outside of Des Moines.
What Xavier Nwankpa Offers
Nwankpa, the best prospect in Iowa for 2022, at 6’3” and 190lbs offers the height and length that Kerry Coombs loves. He is able to make big hits while also covering man to man on the outside. He’s a long strider with great make-up speed, someone that could quickly make an impact on the college level. Plays a number of positions in high school.
|1/14/2021 3:11:36 PM|
|Ohio State 2021 Football Class|
Ohio State closed on its 2021 football recruiting class this week by having 21 players sign letters of intent during the early signing period. This is Ryan Day’s first class that he recruited from start to finish. One additional player has yet to sign, JT Tuimoloau, the second best strong side defensive end in the country. Tuimoloau is waiting until the late signing period February 3rd. The class is ranked 2nd in the country behind Alabama and the best in the Big Ten conference.
QB Kyle McCord – An early commit, 5 star player, helped recruit many of the offensive players in the class. Played with Marvin Harrison Jr at St Joseph’s.
RB TreVeyon Henderson – The first 5 star running back at Ohio State since Beanie Wells, could get early playing time next season with McCall and Sermon graduating.
RB Evan Pryor – Did not play his senior season due to the pandemic but had over 2,500 yards with 24 touchdowns as a junior.
WR Emeka Egbuka – The top wide receiver in the country and third in row to select Ohio State after Julian Fleming (2020) and Garrett Wilson (2019). Ohio State is sick with receiver talent.
WR Jayden Ballard – A really good Ohio receiver from Massillon with 573 yards as a senior and 7 touchdowns. Ranked the 8th best wide receiver nationally.
WR Marvin Harrison Jr – The son of former NFL receiver Marvin Harrison. Had over 2500 yards and 37 touchdowns on a top ranked high school team that earned three state titles.
TE Sam Hart – From Colorado Cherokee Trail, considered the 15th best tight end in the country.
OT Ben Christman – Sixth best offensive guard for 2021 nationally and was a Division II All-Ohio pick.
OL Donovan Jackson – Could play left tackle, or any position on the line at Ohio State. Rated as the number one guard across the country and could play early for the Buckeyes.
OL Zen Michalski – A little bit of a late pick-up for the team, considered a tackle prospect who converted from a tight-end.
SDE Jack Sawyer – The first to commit in the class, a 5 star recruit from Pickerington North, is looking forward to working with Larry Johnson more and continuing on the legacy of the Bosa brothers and Chase Young.
DT Tyleik Williams – 12th best defensive tackle, like many, did not get to play as a Senior because of Covid-19 concerns. Plans to enroll in the Winter and get started early on his college career.
DT Mike Hall – Another Ohio prospect considered one of the best nationally, ranked as the 4th best defensive tackle.
LB Reid Carrico – As a junior he had 168 tackles, 1 interception, and 3 sacks. The countries 5th best inside linebacker, he is coming in early with many of his classmates.
DB Jordan Hancock - One of the top two cornerbacks in the class, a top 100 recruit, helps Coombs shore up a much need position going into 2021.
DB Jakailin Johnson – A top 100 recruit at cornerback, could get a look early with Shawn Wade going to the NFL.
DB Jantzen Dunn – From a really good program in Kentucky, his father played basketball for Miami of Florida. The 12th best safety nationally.
DB Andre Turrentine – The 9th best safety in the country, also played wide receiver at Nashville Ensworth.
DB Denzel Burke – The 8th highest ranked athlete in the country. Is coming to Ohio State in the Winter to enroll.
DB Jaylen Johnson – Cincinnati LaSalle safety, the 29th best in the country. Had 55 tackles this year after getting 61 as a Junior.
|12/18/2020 6:32:29 PM|
|Point Guard Bruce Thornton From Milton Alpharetta GA|
Point Guard Bruce Thornton from Milton Alpharetta Georgia committed to play for Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2022. Thornton is quite a get for the OSU team as he is considered the 7th best point guard in the country and the 30th best overall prospect.
The Ohio State 2022 Basketball Class
The 2022 class for the Buckeyes is almost complete now with Thornton, shooting guards Roddy Gayle Jr and Bowen Hardman. Josiah Harris from Richmond Heights Ohio or a out-of-state center could still be added. The OSU class is currently ranked the best in the country.
Bruce Thornton Commitment
Four star Thornton was recruited by Jake Diebler made the announcement on Thanksgiving and will look at get time on the floor as Meechie Johnson becomes a junior in 2022 and graduates the year after. His relationship with Diebler and Holtmann was a major reason that he selected the Buckeyes over other Big 10 teams.
Other schools looking to land Thornton included Alabama, Georgia, Purdue and Indiana.
What Thornton Brings to Ohio State
Last season he averaged 23 point/game with 6.1 assists and 7 and a half rebounds. He feels his leadership as a point guard is one of the best aspects that he brings to a program. His tough defense is also something that catches everyone’s eye when watching him play.
|11/27/2020 8:28:12 AM|
|Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr Ohio State 2022 Commit|
Youngstown New York 4 star Shooting Guard Roddy Gayle Jr has committed to play at Ohio State in 2022 for Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes. The 6’4” 195 lbs. prospect is considered the #1 player in New York, the 7th best shooting guard in the country and the 76th best overall in the country. He also had offers from Georgetown, DePaul, Marquette, Connecticut and Alabama.
Roddy Gayle Jr Recruitment
Assistant coach Jake Diebler recruit Gayle for Ohio State. Beating Syracuse for a recruit the Buckeyes offered in June is a great feat for the Buckeyes who have solidified their back court for years to come.
On a visit Gayle took to Ohio State in March of 2020, he fell in love with the atmosphere and the facilities at OSU. He was able to build a relationship with the members of the basketball staff at Ohio State and catch a Michigan home game. On a recent virtual conference with the coaches, Gayle found out how the program plans to use him and felt the team was the right place for him.
What Gayle Offers Ohio State
Gayle is a little bit of a different guard. His speed is great in transition and he is versatile, able to play any of the guard positions. Plus he has a smooth offensive style with a great jump-shot.
|11/13/2020 9:17:06 PM|
|Tyleik Williams Ohio State Defensive Tackle from Unity Reed Virginia|
Unity Reed’s Tyleik Williams recently committed to play college football at Ohio State in 2021. He joins the 2nd best class in the country on a team that should be loaded with talent and competing for a national championship. He had 31 offers total including offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Boston College and Duke. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson recruit Williams for the Buckeyes along with Al Washington. He comes in as a 6’3” 325lbs 4 star prospect, considered the 8th best defensive tackle in the country, and the 3rd best recruit in the state of Virginia for 2021.
Visits Tyleik Williams Took
Official visits to college campuses has been limited during this recruiting cycle because of Covid 19 fears and it even caused the Big 10 to cancel their season before reversing their decision. Ryan Day and the Ohio State coaching staff has been one of the programs that has had great success despite not bringing kids to the school. Larry Johnson was one of the big reasons Williams selected Ohio State, as Johnson is considered one of the best developers of NFL talent in the country.
What Ohio State Gets in Tyleik Williams
Williams is a lean quick athlete that can get upfield in a hurry. His ability to move along the line and push away from offensive lineman has allowed him to rack up tackles in high school. Will do good to add some strength, improve his moves, and play a little bit lower in college.
The 2021 Ohio State Football Class
Williams is the third defensive line recruit for Ohio State in their 2021 class. He joins lineman Jack Sawyer and Mike Hall in an group that should dominate in years to come. Ohio State has been battling Alabama for the top spot in 2021 class rankings with the Crimson Tide taking a couple of the Buckeye recruits this round. Getting Williams was great for a program that lost defensive tackle Tunmise Adeleye and needed another top caliber player at the position. They could still use a rush end like JT Tuimoloau from Washington.
Tyleik Williams Highlights - He is committed to THE Ohio State University. #GoBucks (WRE)
|9/29/2020 3:20:14 PM|
|Justin Medlock Manvel Texas Linebacker|
Do you remember the Manvel team- that finished with a record of 13-1? The team that only allowed 19 points / a game? Who was the anchor behind the team? Well, that was one Justin Medlock. He is a tackling machine and was the only player of the Maverick squad that finished with more than 100 tackles. Also, he recorded two fumble recoveries, defended five passes, and three and a half sacks. The linebacker from Manvel Texas is one of the top prospect in the country for 2022.
The amateur athlete recently visited the UT campus, and while he was there, he received an incredible offer. The 6'1'' 200-pound linebacker has a growing list of scholarship offers. These include Oregon, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Baylor, TCU, Ohio State, and Washington. Also, of course the OSU Buckeyes gave the athlete a scholarship offer that he finds the most attractive of them all.
Features of Justin Medlock
Medlock is being recruited by Al Washington for Ohio State. In 2019 as a sophomore he was first-team all-district and is a great athlete coming from a family of athletes. His father played for Texas A&M and his brother, Jayce, is a tight-end at Connecticut.
One of the greatest strides that Medlock has made in his career is being versatile. The versatility of playing various linebacker positions is an element that has put him at par with the other top talents in the country. That is why, according to 247Sports, he's ranked at No. 8 inside linebacker in the class of 2022.
With the great height of 6-foot-1, and the weight of 210 pounds, time is on the side of the rising junior; hence, he has room to add muscle. Staying in shape is also not a worrying issue since the youngster works out three days a week.
Ohio State 2022 football class
Ohio State football projects to be one program in the country with multiple top commits in its 2022 class. According to the rankings, the class is No. 2 behind LSU. In April, Jyaire Brown, the defensive back, was the first player to join the class. The class has 5 players rated at four stars or above with linebacker Dasan McCullough, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola being some of the best.
|8/26/2020 7:09:16 PM|
|Gabe Powers 2022 Marysville Ohio Linebacker|
Gabe Powers, an outside linebacker prospect from Marysville Ohio (Ohio Capital Conference Monarchs), is considered the 2nd best linebacker in the country for 2022. Being the child of a football coach, Powers learned the linebacker position very young.
Gabe Powers Crystal Ball
Powers, 6’4” and 225 pounds, is the overall top State of Ohio football prospect. He grew up an Ohio State fan but has been recruited heavily by the Wolverines. He is considered an Ohio State lock by Steve Wiltfong and a high Ohio State lean by a composite of Crystal Ball predictions. He could play defensive end in college in addition to linebacker.
Powers Scholarship Offers
Powers has scholarship offers from over 20 schools including Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Wisconsin, USC, Florida State, Boston College, Colorado, Arkansas and Ohio State.
Powers Visits to Columbus
He is being recruit for the Buckeyes by Al Washington. He visited Columbus on August 8th, 2019 when he met Washington, Ryan Day and coach Ed Terwilliger. But he was not planning on making a decision soon when he was on campus last. He wanted to make visits and see how coaches interact with their players during practice, that was not possible when COVID 19 hit the country earlier this year.
Ohio State 2022 Class
If he was to commit to Ohio State for 2022, he would join a class with current members cornerback Jyaire Brown, linebacker CJ Hicks, and offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola from West Chester Ohio. He wears number 36 as well as his brother but does not admit that it is because of Ohio State great Chris Spielman.
GABE POWERS Interested in Ohio State
|7/30/2020 2:26:49 PM|
|Dillon Dingler Picked with 38th Pick by the Detroit Tigers|
Ohio State Buckeye catcher Dillon Dingler was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2020 MLB Draft with the first pick of the round making him their catcher of the future. Many felt Dingler was a first round pick but was available with the 38th selection for the Tigers. Also ranked as the 3rd best catcher, many consider the pick a steal with his athletic ability on the field.
Detroit Tigers Catcher
Some feel catcher Jake Rogers might be on his way out as the main man behind the plate in Detroit. Dingler is favorably compared to Diamondbacks catcher Carson Kelly. Many see his potential as a stronger hitter and an everyday catcher, which is why the Tigers pulled the trigger on him during the 2nd day of the draft.
Dillon Dingler Ohio State Career
Dingler, a Massillon Ohio Jackson High School grad, came back from an uneventful freshman year and a broken wrist bone to hit .291 as a sophomore and put his name on the map as a potential draft selection. When 2020 got underway he took off hitting .340 in 13 games before the NCAA shut down the season over Covid 19 concerns. He also had 5 home runs, 14 RBIs and 4 doubles in the shortened season.
Brought into Ohio State as an outfielder and switching to catcher, Dingler (6’3” 220 lbs.) excelled behind the plate. Scouts are praising his arm strength and accuracy of throws. A three time captain with the Buckeyes, his leadership was important for the club. He becomes the highest drafted baseball player out of Ohio State in the past 10 years.
Dingler was a three sport athlete in high school, starring in basketball, baseball, and football. Jackson High was state finalist in basketball and state finalist in baseball his senior year. Dingler was coached by catching coach Greg Beals at Ohio State and now looks to earn close to $2 million a year in the MLB.
Road to Detroit: Dillon Dingler
|6/12/2020 4:15:47 PM|