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Zion Branch 2022 Safety Prospect


Safety prospect Zion Branch currently plays high school football for Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas Nevada. Branch is 6'2" and 195 lbs. He is considered the 6th best safety in the country, 44th best overall prospect and the best recruit in Nevada. Alabama has Holmon Wiggins and Charles Kelly recruiting him. Kerry Combs from Ohio State is recruiting him. And Craig Naivar and Donte Williams for USC.

Zion Branch College Visits

Zion Branch has taken many visits to Columbus, Ohio during his prep career. The 6'2, 215 pound Safety prospect started Ohio State off with a visit to the Buckeyes stadium on June 4th of this year. Branch spoke about his experience, "That was an amazing visit. I love the energy around the stadium and the love the fans have for their team. I was also able to see how Coach Meyer handles himself and managing all of his players. I loved it.”

Branch visited Alabama on November 6th of 2020, then Clemson on November 12th. More recently has gone to Ohio State on June 4th, Oklahoma on June 18th and USC on June 25th and again on November 21st.

Zion Branch Scholarship Offers

Branch has over 40 offers with USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Clemson and Alabama his top five. His great uncle is Raiders stand-out wide receiver Cliff Branch. Ohio State is also after his younger brother Zachariah.

Crystal Ball Prediction

Greg Biggins, Bill Kurelic, Steve Wiltfond, and Scott Eklund all have Branch going to Ohio State with varying degrees of confidence from medium to high. Chris Trevino and Gerard Martinez see him going to USC and medium certainty.

All American Bowl Roster

Branch has been selected to play on the Polynesian Bowl Roster for 2022. The bowl takes place in Hawaii January 22nd in Kunuiakea Stadium. Ohio State commit CJ Hicks is also on the roster of high school all-stars. Branch turned heads at the UCLA Rising Stars Camp this past summer where he earned MVP honors after posting an impressive 4.32 40-yard dash time.

11/22/2021 5:49:46 PM
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Brice Sensabaugh 2022 Small Forward

Brice Sensabaugh

Lake Highland Prep Orlando Florida standout Brice Sensabaugh committed to Ohio State at the end of September adding to their already highly rated class. Sensabaugh played AAU basketball with Each 1 Teach 1, and got noticed by the college scouts with his performance.

Brice was one of the top performers on day 1 at the Under Armour All America Peach Jam. He had a good showing and pulled in a number of offers and increased his stock significantly.

Brice Sensabaugh Biography

A Small Forward at 6-6 240 lbs., he was rated a 4-Star recruit, 75th nationally, and the 21st small forward in the country.

Brice Sensabaugh, an Orlando Florida standout, committed to Ohio State at the end of September, adding to the Buckeyes' already strong recruiting class.

Offers from some of this year's best schools including Ohio State, Xavier, Ole Miss, Virginia, Alabama, Vanderbilt, Florida, Clemson and more.

Brice Sensabaugh Selecting Ohio State

Sensabaugh selected Ohio State over Alabama, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, and Clemson. Sensabaugh received an offer from Ohio State in August, but the Buckeyes quickly surged to the top of his list because his father is an alum and he grew up rooting for the team.

His connections with instructors Jake Diebler and Chris Holtmann have become stronger, thanks in part to their openness with him. “I think I’m a good fit for this team because I can really fill the small forward position,” said Sensabaugh. “Coach told me they were looking for someone to team up with the point guard. I think I can really help this team out. They welcomed me into their home and made me feel part of their extended family.”

Brice Sensabaugh Visits

Sensabaugh made three official visits before deciding on a college destination. He visited Georgia Tech on August 27th, Alabama on September 10th, and Ohio State on September 18th. He committed on the 28th to the Buckeyes by announcing live on Instagram and Twitter.

10/4/2021 9:30:53 AM
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Palaie Gaoteote, OSU Linebacker, Has had his Black Stripe Removed

Palaie Gaoteote

Palaie Gaoteote IV is a transfer from the University of Southern California that ended up in Columbus Ohio to fill a need the Buckeyes have at linebacker in 2021.

Gaoteote, a five-star prospect from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, switched from USC to Ohio State this off-season and started working out with the team while awaiting NCAA eligibility approval.

Since joining the program in June, Gaoteote had been practicing with the Buckeyes. According to at least one recruiting agency, he was rated as one of the top overall prospects in the country for the Class of 2017.

The NCAA has cleared Gaoteote to play.

Gaoteote expressed his dissatisfaction with the length of time it took for him to learn of his candidacy. "I'm simply relieved it's finished." He said when finding out their final decision.

Gaoteote will have three years of eligibility remaining, according to the NCAA now that they have approved his immediate eligible status.

Palaie Gaoteote Was a Standout High School Athlete

His most recent season at Bishop Gorman was his greatest, both in terms of statistics and all-state honors. He finished with 77 tackles, 12 for losses, five sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception. In 2015, his contributions helped Bishop Gorman to a 15-0 record win the Nevada Division I state championship.

First Ohio State announced Wednesday that the NCAA denied Gaoteote’s request and that he would not be eligible to play for the Buckeyes this season. Then, after a long couple of days, including head coach Ryan Day saying his request was denied on Thursday, Gaoteote was ruled eligible on Friday and played in the loss to the Oregon Ducks.

9/16/2021 11:11:12 PM
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Cornerback Terrance Brooks Joins Ohio State 2022 Class


Little Elm Cornerback Terrance Brooks committed to Ohio State at the end of June after making all five official visits to college campuses. The 4 star prospect is the 8th best cornerback in the country and the 13th best player in the state of Texas. He joins Texas recruits quarterback Quinn Ewers and wide receiver Caleb Brown in the 2022 Ohio State Class.

Terrance Brooks Offers

At 6’1” and 195 lbs. the Little Elm star had offers from 40 schools including Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, Texas and Oregon.

Brooks is considered to have a good build for the position with great length. He is a ball hawk on the field, and has shown the ability to make something happen with the ball after an interception. Ran track in high school so he has good speed with the ability to stay with receivers.

He was recruited by defensive backfield coach Kerry Coombs at Ohio State and was given an offer just two weeks before making a decision. Ohio State had been looking at Toriano Pride who selected Clemson for this college destination.

Terrance Brooks Visits

Brooks made official visits in June to Oregon, Florida, Texas, Ohio State and Alabama in that order.

Brooks dad, Chet Brooks, played for the San Francisco 49ers after being a Safety at Texas A&M.

Ohio State’s 2022 class now has 15 recruits and continues to be ranked as the best in the country. Cornerbacks in the class include Jaheim Singletary, Jyaire Brown, and Ryan Turner in addition to Brooks. The class could be on the small side (21 recruits) in comparison to other classes in the top 10.

7/2/2021 10:27:35 PM
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2022 Running Back Dallan Hayden Picks Ohio State over Tennessee


2022 Running Back Dallan Hayden selected Ohio State over Tennessee two days ago to join Tony Alford and the OSU staff next year. He is considered the 24th best tailback in the nation and had offers from Illinois, Auburn, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Tennessee. Some predicted he was going to the Volunteers early on including Kentucky Insider Josh Edwards and 247Sports Director Kevin Ryan. But as the recruiting season progressed it become clear in April and June that he was going to be a Buckeye.

What Ohio State Got in Dallan Hayden

From Christian Brothers in Memphis Tennessee, the rugged 5’11” 195 lbs. back had a great impact as a junior and demonstrated his speed and toughness (2,010 yards and 24 tds). Likes to make the right cut at the line of scrimmage and burst forward. Showed his ability to block and run routes this past year.

His father, Aaron Hayden, played in the NFL and was also a running back for Tennessee, while his brother Chase Hayden is currently playing for Illinois. Master Teague is a current running back for OSU that also came out of Tennessee.

Dallan Hayden Visits

Hayden visited Ohio State in March and came away feeling good about the program. He began taking official visits in June going to Illinois and Notre Dame. Then he visited Ohio State again and met with head coach Ryan Day and athletic director Gene Smith. He felt the discussion with Smith was a “game-changer” for him. Evan Pryor was his host on campus and having two skilled freshman in the running backs room did not intimidate Hayden.

6/24/2021 2:26:46 PM
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Musa Jallow Transfers To The Charlotte 49ers


News of Ohio State guard Musa Jallow transfer to the Charlotte 49ers has been announced after spending four years with the Buckeyes. He was one of the first recruits of Ohio States' head coach Chris Holtmann when he first landed the job in 2017. At the time Jallow had to reclassify to join the program a year earlier than would otherwise has been possible and didn't turn 18 years of age until midway through his freshman season.

Musa Jallow Career

During his time with the Buckeyes from 2017-21 he had 94 career games, including 28 starts. Standing 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, Jallow scored 260 points (averaging 2.8), 205 rebounds (averaging 2.2) and averaging 0.7 assists during this period. In the 2020-21 season he had five starts and played in 26 games overall. This included playing in the Big Ten Tournament semi-final and championship games as well as the NCAA Tournament first round game where he scored three points, took three rebounds and managed three assists. During a win over Penn State that season he scored 9 points, which was a season high, as well as scoring at least seven points in each of six games.

He missed the 2019-20 season, taking a red shirt year, in order to have reconstructive surgery on his right ankle. He is eligible to play for two more years as a result of his red shirt year and the additional year allowed as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.

Jallow graduated with a degree in kinesiology from Ohio State this year and coach Holtmann has praised him as a talented player that he personally regarded as a joy to coach. He praised him as a great person that had a hugely positive impact on the team even as he had to deal with injuries over the past two years. He went on to say that he wished him well in his future playing career and he would always be regarded as a Buckeye; he also offered to provide him with support in his future efforts in any way that he could.

5/9/2021 9:48:59 PM
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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.

NCAA Tournament

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
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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
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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
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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
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