|Calvin Simpson-Hunt Corner Back 2023|
The end of June brought a new addition to the Ohio State 2023 class in cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt. Simpson-Hunt, 6'0" 175 lbs., attends Waxahachie Texas High School. He flipped from Texas Tech to Ohio State after taking official visits to both in mid-June.
Who Recruited Simpson-Hunt
Tim Walton & Perry Eliano recruited Simpson-Hunt for Ohio State, Holmon Wiggins & Travaris Robinson for Alabama, Joey McGuire for Texas Tech, Bryan Applewhite for Nebraska, Mike Mickens for Notre Dame, Jay Valai for Oklahoma, and Alex Grinch for USC. Walton and Eliano were able to pull Simpson-Hunt out of his home stay by showing him everything that the Buckeyes had to offer.
Offers and Favorites
Simpson-Hunt had 26 Offers including Ohio State, USC, TCU, Alabama, and Texas Tech. He decommitted from Texas Tech on 6-30-2022, the same day he committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Simpson-Hunt took an official visit on June 17th Ohio State and Texas Tech on June 24th. He wanted to flip to OSU when his visit ended in Columbus but was asked to wait until after the Texas Tech visit by their coaching staff.
Simpson-Hunt is a 4 Star corner back for the class of 2023. Considered the 18th best Cornerback in the nation. Has a lot of raw athletic ability that many schools were interested in having on their roster.
Simpson-Hunt Crystal Ball Predictions
Steve Wiltfong felt it would be Ohio State on 6-28-2022, Bill Kurelic went with Ohio State on 6-30-2022, while Cole Patterson, Kyle Kelly, Nick Harris, and Ben Golan all felt it was Ohio State on 6-30-2022 too.
Simpson-Hunt has been added to the Polynesian Bowl Roster.
|7/22/2022 8:15:47 PM|
|Kayin Lee Cedar Grove Cornerback for 2023|
Athletic and speedy, Kayin Lee (twitter) has the ability to shut down his opponents. Has great ball skills and can make plays in the air or on the ground. As a native of Cedar Grove High School outside of Atlanta, Kayin Lee is revered for his inspirational work ethic. A fierce competitor on the field, he has also been known to motivate those around him through his charitable outreach and generous heart. This tattoo embodies Lee’s fighting spirit and is the perfect representation of his attitude towards life. His new tattoo is a mountain range and the words "Only the Strong Survive".
Who's Recruiting Kayin Lee
Sean Beckton and Travis Fisher are recruiting Lee for Nebraska, Tim Walton is the primary recruiter for Ohio State, Demetrice Martin for Oregon, Dell McGee for Georgia and Jimmy Smith and Dominique Bowman are recruiting Lee for Arkansas.
Offers and Favorites
Cedar Grove CB Kayin Lee (2023) has 30 offers from schools across the country, including Nebraska, Ohio State and Oregon. The 5-foot-11 180-pounder is rated four stars overall, by 247Sports.
Lee visited/is visiting Nebraska on June 3rd, Ohio State on June 24th, and Oregon on June 17th.
Cornerback Kayin Lee is a highly touted recruit. Rated 87th best overall and the 9th best cornerback in the country, he could be the difference for any program looking for an impact player on that side of the ball.
Lee Crystal Ball Predictions
Steve Wiltfong, Rusty Mansell, and Bill Kurelic all feel Ohio State leads for Lee. Kipp Adams, Trent Smallwood, Blayne Gilmer and Ben Bachmann liked Georgia in September of 2021.
Lee is on the roster for the All American Bowl! The Cedar Grove High School cornerback has been selected as one of the top players in the country following his performance in 2022.
|6/17/2022 3:18:57 PM|
|OL Austin Siereveld From Lakota East Ohio|
Austin Siereveld (twitter) is an offensive Line recruit for 2023 from Lakota East Ohio. He is a 4 star recruit, 6'5" 315 lbs., and the 20th best offensive lineman in the country. Also the 7th best overall prospect in the State of Ohio for the year.
Siereveld's top schools included Ohio State, Alabama, Cincinnati, and Notre Dame. He had 17 offers total. He committed to Ohio State May 4th 2022 shortly after their Spring Game.
Austin Siereveld Crystal Ball
Crystal Ball Predictions were all for Ohio State including Allen Trieu, Justin Thind, Steve Wiltfong, Tom Loy, and Bill Kurelic.
Justin Frye recruited Siereveld for the Buckeyes. Siereveld originally seemed like a lock for OSU but the change in offensive line coach to Frye put that into question. Yet after a couple of visits to Columbus, the Buckeyes were able to secure his pledge.
Siereveld visited Alabama on November 20th and March 26th of 2022. Cincinnati on January 30th. And Ohio State five times including March 21st and April 16th 2022.
Austin Siereveld on the Field
Siereveld played tackle in high school but could play guard or center in college. He is a very big and intimidating offensive lineman. He moves well for his size, has great hands and footwork, and has quickness that most human beings lack. Austin's biggest strength is his blocking. He uses his size to overpower other players and gets the job done.
|5/21/2022 7:59:00 PM|
|Malik Hartford Class on 2023 Safety|
The 6'3'' 175 lbs. West Chester, Ohio Lakota West football prospect is spending March of 2022 visiting some of the colleges that have offered him a scholarship for 2023. Malik Hartford recently visited Ohio State and Cincinnati and plans to see Michigan State this coming week. He is ranked as a 4 Star, the 11th best Safety in the country, and the 4th best overall in Ohio.
Who's Recruiting Malik Hartford
Colin Hitschler is recruiting Hartford for Cincinnati, Jeff Myers for Iowa State, Vince Marrow for Kentucky, Matt MacPherson for Northwestern, and Perry Eliano for Ohio State. Tweet of Hartford dancing with Eliano can he found here.
Offers and Favorites
Hartford has 23 scholarship offers including Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, and Vanderbilt. Ohio State and Cincinnati are his favorites at this time.
Malik Hartford College Visits
Hartford went to Kentucky on 9/11/21, Louisville on 9/26/21 , Cincinnati on 9-12-21 and 9-4-21 and March 5th, 2022, Vanderbilt on 9/25/21, Ohio State on March 10th, 2022, and Michigan State on 1/29/22 and March 15th 2022.
Crystal Ball Predictions
Bill Kurelic has Hartford going to Ohio State with medium certainty.
|3/12/2022 4:15:02 PM|
|Cedrick Hawkins Safety 2023|
Cedrick Hawkins committed to play for Ohio State in 2023 on January 1st 2022 during the half-time break of the Rose Bowl. Out of Titusville Cocoa Florida High School. At 6'0" 175 lbs. Hawkins is considered a four star prospect, 20th best safety in the country, and the 40th best recruit from Florida. Follows Sonny Styles as a top safety for 2023 going to the Buckeyes. Of course Styles reclassified to 2022 and will be on campus a year earlier than 2023 recruits.
Who's Recruiting Cedrick Hawkins
Tony Alford recruited Hawkins for Ohio State, Chris Marve and Marcus Woodson for Florida State, Darlin Hinshaw Kentucky, JaJuan Seider for Penn State, Chad Scott for West Virginia, Kevin Smith for Mississippi, and Cam Aiken for South Florida.
Offers and Favorites
He has 21 scholarship offers including Penn State, Florida, and Florida State.
Cedrick Hawkins Visits
Hawkins visited September 18th to Florida, July 25th to Florida State, and June 5th and June 9th he was at the Florida State Seminoles camp. Made a trip to Ohio State in June of 2022 with a number of other Florida players.
Crystal Ball Predictions
Sam Spiegelman predicted Hawkins would select Ohio State on 1-1-2022.
|2/4/2022 8:49:17 PM|
|Safety Tanner McCalister transfers to Ohio State|
Ohio State has a new safety for the 2022 season. Former Oklahoma State safety Tanner McCalister announced on Wednesday he'll transfer to Ohio State and play for the Buckeyes, marking the second player out of the transfer portal to make the Buckeyes his destination.
After being granted his release from Oklahoma State, former 'Pokes safety Tanner McCalister will transfer to Ohio State. An Texas native, McCalister is a former three star prospect that played in 24 games over four seasons (2018-2021) at OSU.
McCalister will have one year of eligibility remaining when he joins the Buckeyes in 2022. He was a 3 star member of the Cowboys' 2018 recruiting class, ranked as the No. 57 safety in the country according to 247Sports.com's composite rankings.
Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles
Now in his first day on the job, Jim Knowles continued to add depth to Ohio State's defensive with the addition of safety Tanner McCalister, who played for Knowles at Oklahoma State. Literally coming from the heart of Longhorn country, McCalister will bring a wealth of knowledge of recent OSU football after starting each of the last two seasons for Knowles' defense.
Tanner McCallister as a Recruit
Tanner McCalister was a three-star prospect, the country's 57th ranked cornerback and 618th overall player in the 2018 recruiting class, per the 247Sports Composite, out of Rockwall-Heath High School in Rockwall, Texas. He picked Oklahoma State over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Missouri, Washington State and others.
|1/7/2022 3:19:40 PM|
|Cameron Brown Returns for 2022|
On Twitter Thursday night, Cameron Brown announced that he will be returning for his senior season at Ohio State. The Junior cornerback had a small break in the 2021 season due to injury but still was one of two outstanding corners on the roster. He finished 2021 with one interception, 21 tackles, and 7 pass breakups. 2022 will feature Brown and Denzel Burke at corners, a position they had some trouble recruiting this last cycle. Other corners to watch include Jakailin Johnson, Jordan Hancock, and Sevyn Banks (who is also considering a move to the NFL at this time).
Cameron Brown talks about upcoming decision to return to OSU or not, prep for Rose Bowl
|12/17/2021 10:27:47 AM|
|Austin Stogner Oklahoma Transfer for 2022|
Austin Stogner is leaving Oklahoma as head coach Lincoln Riley leaves for USC. The product of the Prestonwood Christian High School in Plano, Texas has spent the last three years with the Sooners, being the third tight end on the depth chart after coming out of high school as a top 3 recruit at the position.
Stogner is 6-6 235 lbs. and was a four star player when he left high school. The 3rd best tight end in the country and the 19th best prospect in Texas according to recruiting services.
Currently Ohio State and South Carolina are recruiting him to transfer to their programs.
Austin Stogner Crystal Ball Prediction
Trey Scott came out first with a prediction that Stogner would end up in South Carolina. This week Bill Kurelic and Chris Hummer both put in predictions that he was headed to Ohio State.
All American Bowl Roster
Stogner was on the Army All American Bowl roster in 2019 and the Opening Finals roster the same year.
As a freshman Stogner had 7 catches in 14 games for 66 yards and a couple of touchdowns. In 2020, he had 26 receptions for 422 yards and 3 touchdowns. 2021, saw a drop in production as he caught 14 passes over 12 games for 166 yards and 3 touchdowns.
|12/11/2021 9:07:58 PM|
|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|
|Palaie Gaoteote, OSU Linebacker, Has had his Black Stripe Removed|
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|