With the 2020 class all wrapped up, Ohio State's recruiting efforts have now turned ahead to the 2021 class while also looking ahead to some very talented 2022 players.
The following three prospects from the 2022 class are among those who could soon receive offers from Ohio State, in addition to those who already have, even though they are still just sophomores in high school.
Braelon Allen, Safety, 6-foot-1, 200 pounds
Allen is one of the Midwest's best players in the 2022 class and is drawing interest from some high-level colleges. He already holds offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, and Notre Dame.
After originally planning to make his college decision last month, Allen postponed that decision because he wanted to get an offer from two programs: Notre Dame and Ohio State. And while the Buckeyes have not offered yet, they are in contact with Allen.
At 6-foot-1 and almost 200 pounds, Allen is a very intriguing prospect because of what he can bring to a defense. Currently listed at safety, Allen has the ability to play on both the second and third levels of a college defense. With it being so early in the process for the 2022 class, Allen could be Ohio State's top safety target in the class.
A Wisconsin native, Allen seems to be very high on his local Badgers' list, with the prestige of Notre Dame catching his eye right now. However, with the Buckeyes' current recruiting prowess in the Midwest and their lineage of developing defensive backs, expect Ohio State to be a player in Allen's recruitment.
Darrius Clemons, Wide Receiver, 6-foot-3, 180 pounds
Similar to Braelon Allen, Clemons has also received offers from some of the top programs in the country in Oregon, California, and Michigan State, and Ohio State and Clemson are among the schools taking an interest in the Oregon-based wide receiver.
Clemons is a big wide receiver who has the skill to do a little bit of everything on the field. As things stand right now, his hometown Oregon Ducks might hold a slight edge in Clemons' recruitment, but it's early.
Ohio State will likely want to get Clemons on campus this summer or fall, and that's when an offer could come.
Brady Allen, Quarterback, 6-foot-5, 196 pounds
One of the first tasks for new quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis on the recruiting trail will be to identify the Buckeyes' quarterback for the 2022 class, as Ohio State already has a quarterback committed for 2021 in Kyle McCord.
Brady Allen, out of Gibson Southern High School in Indiana, is one potential candidate to be that quarterback. Allen camped at Ohio State last summer and also visited the Buckeyes for their game against Maryland in November, showing that Ohio State is firmly on Allen's radar.
The 6-foot-5 sophomore already has offers from Indiana, Purdue, and Cincinnati, and many more schools in touch. Dennis has already built a relationship with Allen even though the Buckeyes haven't offered yet.
Allen is a gunslinger who can throw the ball all over the field, and as long as he continues to progress, there is a very good chance that Allen will receive an offer from Ohio State.
Many more names for the 2022 class will likely emerge soon but for now, those are three prospects to keep an eye on as potential future Buckeyes.