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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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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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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
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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
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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
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