Updated: Sep 20, 2022
Ohio State has always had great wide receivers throughout their history. Every year, another young guy tries to cement his legacy in the Scarlet and Gray. From Chris Carter, David Boston, and Michael Jenkins, to Ted Ginn Jr, Santonio Holmes, and Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio State has seen it all, or so we thought.
The wide receiver room over the last few seasons has shot Ohio State to the front of every offensive conversation in the nation. At the helm of this massive turnaround was Brian Hartline. He has brought in Julian Fleming, Emeka Egbuka, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott Jr., Jameson Williams, and Marvin Harrison Jr. to his wide receiver room in the last two classes alone. Hartline’s ability to turn great high school athletes into true NFL level talents has been the reason why so many great players have come to the 612. Hartline was ranked the No.1 recruiter of 2020, No. 9 in 2021, No. 13 in 2022, and currently sits in first place again for the 2023 class.
The last two seasons it has been undeniable that the best wide receiver room in the nation was in Columbus and that won’t be changing any time soon. The 2023 class now boasts four huge wide receivers that rank amongst the best in the nation, and they’ve all made their commitments known in the last two weeks.
Brandon Inniss: Natl. (18) Pos. (2)
Currently the headliner for Brian Hartline’s 2023 class is one of the best football talents in the nation. A smaller guy at 6’0 and 190 pounds, but he has some of the best hands in the high school class. Currently clocking a 4.68 40-yard dash, he lacks speed, but the footwork and route running ability he’s shone so far has already drawn the comparisons to NFL wide receiver Jarvis Landry. He’s got the raw talent Hartline will be able to develop over the next few years at Ohio State, and he is likely to make the list of another first-round NFL Draft pick mentored by Hartline.
Carnell Tate: Natl. (28) Pos. (3)
The 6’2 wide out from IMG Academy fits the build of the usual Buckeye star wideouts. Fast, quick and shifty. He’s been clocked at a 4.48 40-yard dash so far, and that number will get faster once he starts working out at the college level. He has the chance to develop down to a 4.3 level speed within a few years at Ohio State. His route running isn’t far behind his counterpart in Inniss, and these two should make up an exciting duo for Ohio State
Noah Rogers: Natl. (50) Pos. (9)
Another Top 10 wide receiver made their commitment to Ohio State known in the last week, and it was with much fanfare that he did so. Another wideout joins the room with sub 4.5 speed. For Buckeye fans who loved watching Chris Olave tear up defenses these last few years, you should be excited about Noah Rogers, another 6’2 speed demon who knows how to catch in traffic. The only question at this point is where will he fall within the depth chart with Inniss and Tate looking for room as well.
Bryson Rodgers: Natl. (N/A) Pos. (38)
While he may not be on any national boards, this 6’0 wide receiver out of Florida was drawing attention from the likes of Alabama and Florida before he committed to the Buckeyes. He is still a four star wide receiver who has an elite release off the line, and his footwork down the field gives flashes of Olave at times. With a deep class and nearly a full year until he would enroll at Ohio State, there’s a chance he could decommit and go elsewhere, but if he could work with Hartline, even for a year, his development could be massive.
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