COLUMBUS, Ohio – Once the schedule rolled over to July, Tyler Booker unplugged from the comfort of his Connecticut home and began to think about what he felt a 40 year decision.
Now the Ohio State football schedule will have to wait.
Booker, one of the top offensive tackles of 2022, recently completed a cross-country road trip that included official visits to Florida, Oregon, Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. Each school has lived up to expectations and has remained in the spotlight to earn the services of the No. 42 player and the No. 5 offensive tackle in their class.
When the IMG Academy 4-star password protector decided to experience these top five schools, he assumed they would be future championship contenders. Now his approach to his engagement is shifting.
âI’ve established my top five with schools that are already poised to win a national championship over the next three to four years and on multiple occasions,â Booker told cleveland.com. âI’m going to feel that about each school. Wherever I go, I will have an immediate impact as a player but also as a leader. I have what it takes to push this program to the limit. This is where I feel most comfortable.
Comfort, as described by Booker, is perhaps the most important factor in play before committing. Luckily for the Buckeyes, after his trip to Columbus on June 21, he felt right at home.
âI felt comfortable when I was there,â he said. âI felt I was surrounded by real people. People who stood and lived by their program values ââand things of that nature. I felt good after this visit.
The feeling that Booker left Ohio state was a testament to the efforts of current offensive linemen.
âI felt like this could be a place where I could thrive just because of who’s in that offensive line room. I met Thayer [Munford], Nick Petit-FrÃ¨re and Paris [Johnson]. We all pretty much spent time together. I had a lot in common with these guys, âhe said. âBeing around like-minded people is how you get great. Everyone around you just wants to be awesome. I have no choice but to be awesome.
Munford and Little Brother may not be Buckeyes any longer. Both are NFL talent – a recruiting ground that has become common for future Ohio State offensive linemen. With their eventual departure, the need for an occupational therapist in this year’s class has become a top priority. Booker (6-5, 325 pounds) is recruited by offensive line coach Greg Studrawa as an offensive tackle, an indication he sees Booker as a potential replacement for Munford and Petit-Frere.
âMy conversations with Coach Stud were really great. We really broke football and talked about how he saw he was going to develop me in this play, âhe said. âJust being in this room shows me that I could be very successful. pseudo [Petit-Frere] and Thayer [Munford] are first-round talents. In a few years, Paris [Johnson] will also be a first round talent. The mere possibility that I’m in a room like this shows me that he thinks very hard of me and that I can achieve all of my goals.
While not signed, Ohio State has locked down its quarterback, running back, wide receivers, tight ends and cornerbacks for 2022. The linebacker is approaching the finish line and Zion Branch and Xavier Nwankpa were the coveted choices at both security posts.
When it comes to offensive and defensive lines, OT Tegra Tshabola is OSU’s only verbal, leaving question marks scattered across both lines. Booker sees this and knows the central role he could play.
âThe championships are won in the trenches. Offensive online play is key. They have the No.1 quarterback, the No.1 wide receiver – all of that. It won’t be great without a great offensive line to protect them and get the ball out, âhe said. “I knowing this, I can come in knowing that I have a great responsibility and a weight on my shoulders that I will be ready to accept.”
There’s a 247Sports crystal ball favoring Florida for Booker, the No.8 player in the Sunshine State. The Gators’ only offensive tackle engagement is Tony Livingston, who was also an Ohio State offender who pledged to UF with the intention of playing basketball in addition to soccer. As for Alabama and Georgia, they are still on the hunt for their first offensive line engagement in 2022 after a royal ransom for both programs the year before.
The Crimson Tide have signed two of 247Sports Composite’s OTs (JC Latham and Tommy Brockermeyer), who also happen to be the top five prospects in 2021. The Bulldogs have locked OTs # 3 and # 9 (Amarius Mims and Micah Morris ). Oregon has made great strides in landing its guys in the class, having obtained a verbal from Kelvin Banks, the second OT. The Ducks also landed Cameron Williams of Duncanville, TX and Sierra Canyon, Calif. OT Michael Wooten.
The numbers game is in Ohio State’s favor, now it comes down to hoping Booker stays in good standing with the Buckeyes until a decision is made. He proposed July and maybe fall as potential deadlines. However, Booker focused on making the right choice.
âWhenever I’m ready, to be honest,â he said of the timing. âProbably fall. I’m not going to put pressure on myself. I will not let anyone force me to make a decision that I am not ready for, âhe said. “When I’m ready and when God tells me it’s right, that’s when I’ll make my decision.”
Mega Barnwell to liberate the best schools
Ohio state will get clarification on its position on one of the best tight ends in 2023 next Saturday.
Riverbend (Fredericksburg, Virginia) Mathias 4 Star High School [Mega] Barnwell (6-5, 240 pounds) will be graduating his best schools this Saturday, he announced on Twitter. Barnwell, the No. 104 player and the No. 8 tight end, received an offer from the Buckeyes on June 18, after camping and visiting OSU.
The Buckeyes offered eight TEs in 2023. Barnwell currently has four Crystal Balls predicting a commitment to Penn State.
No. 4 player in 2022, USC engagement includes OSU visit
The state of Ohio could at least get a glimpse of No. 2 CB in 2022.
Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.), 5-star cornerback Domani Jackson (6-1, 185 pounds) told 247Sports he wants to officially travel to Ohio state. Jackson enlisted with USC on Jan.23, 2021, but hasn’t completely stopped recruiting. Jackson unofficially visited Alabama on June 17 and is also considering visits to Michigan, Oklahoma, TCU and another to Alabama for the LSU game.
âI probably want to go (visit) the state of Ohio,â he told Greg Biggins of 247Sports. âIt will also be my birthday. It will be a great day. “
Jackson’s birthday is November 27, the day of “The Game” against Michigan. This year’s game with the Wolverines takes place in Ann Arbor, raising doubts about the possibility of this second OSU visit. But Jackson and OSU’s primary security target Zion Branch have spoken of teaming up.
âHe really wants to play with me, and I want to play with him too,â Branch told cleveland.com. âI really wanted to play with him. I have the impression that together we would be a very good team.
Branch currently has four crystal balls for OSU, one for USC. If Jackson toppled, he would join a cornerback room crowded with four commits, but also be the highest rated prospect among them.
Target DL to reveal the last four
The Buckeyes will soon find out if they are still in contention for four-star defensive lineman Enai White (6-5, 230 pounds) of the Imhotep Institute in Philadelphia.
White, the 39th player in 2022, announced on Twitter it will soon announce its four best schools. White has taken OVs to Florida, Georgia, Alabama and the state of Ohio and an unofficial visit to Texas A&M, according to 247Sports.
Ohio State is looking for their first defensive lineman engagement of 2022.
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