What Ohio State and Brian Hartlin are doing when it comes to wide receiver recruiting is ridiculous. Add in what Ryan Day has done with the Buckeye quarterbacks since he became the offensive coordinator and then head coach and it’s hard to imagine a time in the near future when the Scarlet and Gray passing attack is not elite.
To recap, in just the last three days, Ohio State has landed a commitment from five-star receivers Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss and four-star wideout noah rogers. This gives the Buckeyes the No. 2 receiver in the 2023 class, per the 247Sports Composite, in Inniss, the No. 3 receiver in Tate and the No. 9 wideout in Rogers. All three of these players are top-50 prospects in the class.
This marks just the third time in the recruiting rankings was that a school has landed three top-50 receivers in a class. It also does not include four-star receiver prospect Bryson Rodgerscurrently one of the lowest-rated prospects in the Scarlet and Gray’s 2023 class but one who is expected to rise in the rankings before the class is finished.
The 2023 class adds to a wide receiver recruiting run since 2018 that is among the best ever seen in college football. Rogers’ commitment gives Ohio State its 14th national top-100 and seventh top-50 receiver commit since 2019. This list includes Garrett Wilson, julian fleming, Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Emeka Egbukaall five-star prospects who have all already taken the field for the Buckeyes.
Assuming both Tate and Inniss sign with the Scarlet and Gray in the 2023 class, Ohio State will have landed six of the available five-star wide receivers over these five recruiting cycles. By comparison, no other school has landed more than three five-star wideouts — Texas A&M. Georgia and Oklahoma have recruited two five-star receivers over that time, while Alabama, Missouri, Maryland, LSU and USC each have landed one during that period.
To expand that beyond the star rankings, the Buckeyes’ 14 top-100 and seven top-50 receivers over the last five seasons is by far the most in the country. In that same period, Alabama has seven top-100 and four top-50 receivers, while Clemson and Georgia each had five top-100 wideouts and Oklahoma, Texas and USC each had three top-50 receivers.
That puts into perspective what the Scarlet and Gray have done nationally with receiver recruiting, headlined by these back-to-back-to-back top wideout commits this week. But even just from an Ohio State perspective, this has been a historic run.
Since 2019, Hartline has recruited the top-ranked receiver in the country to Columbus on two separate occasions in Fleming and Egbuka. The Buckeyes have also landed the No. 2 wideout in the class twice in Wilson and Inniss and now the nation’s third-ranked wideout once in Tate. Add in Smith-Njigba, who was the fifth-best receiver in the 2020 class, to that list and these are the five highest-rated wideouts the Scarlet and Gray have ever recruited.
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Just like Ohio State replaced the likes of Parris Campbell, Terry McLaurin, KJ Hill, Johnnie Dixon, austin mack and Binjimen Victor in the recent past, the Buckeyes are poised to manage without first-round picks Wilson and Chris Olavealbeit at an even different level.
And it goes without saying that Hartline continues to be the best recruiter in the country and an important piece to the Scarlet and Gray’s passing success for the foreseeable future.