|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|
|Brice Sensabaugh 2022 Small Forward|
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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|