COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football has landed a commitment from wide receiver Emeka Egbuka of Steilacoom High School in Washington.
The five-star recruit is rated as the No. 9 player in the country and the top wide receiver as the 21st member of the Buckeyes’ 2021 recruiting class. He chose OSU over Oklahoma and Washington.
Egbuka’s commitment is another example of the success wide receivers coach Brian Hartline continues to have on the recruiting trail. Hartline has landed eight top-100 receivers since officially being named an assistant coach.
However, OSU’s wide receiver success predates Hartline’s time and has been developing over the past five years. Egbuka is the 14th wide receiver rated as a top-100 recruit to commit to Ohio State since 2016.
Bringing in players of that caliber seems like another day at the office in 2020, but this trend of talented pass catchers is only a recent one. Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor were the first top-100 pass catchers to come to Columbus since Jalin Marshall in 2013. Before him, OSU hadn’t landed one since Duron Carter in 2009.
Ohio State’s top 100 receivers since 2016
|Austin Mack||2016||No. 72 (No.9)||0.9649|
|Binjimen Victor||2016||No. 97 (No. 12)||0.9546|
|Trevon Grimes||2017||No. 41 (No. 6)||0.9806|
|Kamryn Babb||2018||No. 73 (No. 13)||0.9629|
|Garrett Wilson||2019||No. 20 (No. 2)||0.9903|
|Jameson Williams||2019||No. 82 (No. 13)||0.9621|
|Julian Fleming||2020||No. 3 (No. 1)||0.9979|
|Jaxon Smith-Njigba||2020||No. 29 (No. 5)||0.9865|
|Gee Scott Jr.||2020||No. 66 (No. 10)||0.9702|
|Mookie Cooper||2020||No. 93 (No. 16)||0.9574|
|Emeka Egbuka||2021||No. 15 (No. 2)||0.9906|
|Jayden Ballard||2021||No. 66 (No. 8)||0.9693|
|Marvin Harrison Jr.||2021||No. 91 (No. 15)||0.9595|
|Caleb Burton||2022||No. 15 (No. 2)||0.9906|
Note: Trevon Grimes transferred to Florida after one season.
Ohio State is trying to land the country’s top wide receiver in three consecutive recruiting classes. With Julian Fleming already on the roster, Egbuka’s commitment and Caleb Burton in the 2022 class, the Buckeyes are an updated composite ranking from making that a reality.
His commitment doesn’t quite push the Buckeyes ahead of Alabama for the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, but does close the gap. The Crimson Tide’s 3.82-point lead for the top spot includes six five-star commits and 12 four-stars, while OSU has five five-stars and 13 four-stars. Egbuka’s decision puts the No. 1 spot in the hands of five-star defensive lineman J.T. Tuimoloau, who is considering both schools.
Combined, Alabama and Ohio State’s 2021 classes could potentially end up with six of the country’s top 10 players.
Here’s a full look at OSU’s top-ranked 2021 recruiting class
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