The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Extends Four New Offers As 2023 Recruiting Picks Up, Buckeyes Closing In On Five-Star Cornerback Jaheim Singletary

By Zack Carpenter on December 22, 2020 at 6:30 pm
Richard Young

The Hurry-Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.

Four new offers

Almost instantly after (and even slightly before) the Buckeyes cemented their 2021 class (or at least most of it) during the early signing period last week, Mark Pantoni and crew shifted their focus toward the even further future with a focus on the 2023 cycle.

Beginning last Tuesday and extending through the weekend, Ohio State extended four new offers to current sophomores. That put the total number of players the Buckeyes have offered in that cycle to 15.

Each of the four players hails from a different state, as the Buckeyes went to Florida, Texas, New Jersey and Iowa to show their interest in these players. It's a little late to be highlighting these players, sure, but better late than never, right?

Richard Young

Figured we would start with the first of these players to be offered, and he might wind up being the best.

Richard Young, a 6-foot, 190-pounder from LeHigh Senior (Florida) High School, is the nation's No. 18 overall player and No. 1 running back in the class. 

A track star in high school, the Young speedster (see what we did there?) already holds offers from nearly 30 schools, including Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.

Young flashes some burst and balance in his sophomore highlight tape during a season in which he finished with team highs in carries (100), rushing yards (982) and rushing touchdowns (eight), in addition to a 9.8 yards per carry clip.

Anthony Hill Jr.

Next, we head down south to Texas where Ohio State has been tearing it up on the recruiting trail of late after landing five-stars Quinn Ewers and Caleb Burton – putting the Buckeyes' total to six five-star commitments since 2017, which is more than the in-state Longhorns (four) during that time span.

Anthony Hill Jr., a 6-foot-2, 220-pounder, comes out of powerhouse Ryan High School in Denton, a place the Buckeyes are familiar with after having dished out recent offers to Ja'Tavion Sanders (2021) and Austin Jordan (2022) in the past two cycles.

Perhaps Hill won't wind up making it to five-star status, but right now he's a high-end four star who's ranked No. 67 overall and No. 3 at inside linebacker in America. With the way Al Washington has been recruiting the position in the 2022 class – yes, I know all three current commits are either in-state guys or have strong Ohio ties, but the talent he's accumulated is still impressive – it's surely leaving a mark on Hill.

Hill has also been offered by Alabama, Baylor, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.

Kadyn Proctor

No, he's not related to Josh, but Kadyn Proctor does have a bit of mean streak to him just like the Buckeye safety who's been known to lay down some big hits.

The younger Proctor is a 6-foot-7, 300-pound offensive tackle out of the same high school in Des Moines, Iowa (Southeast Polk) where the Buckeyes have gone to recruit high-priority 2022 safety target Xavier Nwankpa. Proctor says that's how he originally got on their radar.

“Coach (Matt) Barnes gave me the offer, and it was crazy for sure,” Proctor told Eleven Warriors. “I would most definitely play OT in college, and they said they liked how I moved at such a big frame. My teammate, Xavier, is a big target for them and they also looked at me too.”

Proctor, ranked No. 31 overall and No. 3 at offensive tackle in his class, says that a couple of the things that stand out early about Ohio State are the variety of majors the school itself offers, the Buckeyes' coaching staff and the history of the football program.

Some of the other offers Proctor is sifting through right now are Arizona State, Oregon and Penn State.

Chase Bisontis

Last but not least is Chase Bisontis, a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive tackle who hails from the alma mater of Ohio State freshman linebacker Cody Simon at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey.

Bisontis, the No. 74 overall player and No. 6 offensive tackle in America, already holds offers from Miami, Michigan and Penn State, and it's certain that he will see that number soar over the next few weeks. 

Brian Dohn, who covers the east coast for 247Sports, evaluated Bisontis in August as a player who can start at the Power 5 level:

Frame and athleticism to play right tackle or guard. Strong and powerful despite youth. Well drilled and strong technique. Quick feet. Bends at knees and sinks hips. Explodes at the snap. Able to shoot hands inside. Has lower body strength to win rep even when off balance. Can scrape and get to second level. Patient in pass pro and has strong initial punch. Has to continue to maintain flexible frame while adding strength throughout high school career. Sometimes leans rather than moving his feet. Starter at high-level high school program. Starter at elite level Power 5 program.

Five-star CB Singletary discusses top schools

All of the smoke (or at least most of it) over the past couple months in defensive back recruiting has centered around five-stars Domani Jackson and Will Johnson.

But someone who has snuck a bit under the radar is Florida five-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary.

The nation's No. 10 overall player, No. 5 cornerback and No. 2 player in Florida's 2022 class, however, is soon going to be making his decision, and it's looking more and more likely that Ohio State fans will have to get to know the 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back a little better.

The current Crystal Balls are pointing toward Singletary becoming a Buckeye when he announces his college decision on January 2.

That decision is coming down to Ohio State, Florida, Clemson and Georgia. Singletary was offered by the Buckeyes on November 5, but it's an offer he had been waiting on before he announced a decision date.

Header photo: Richard Young – Amanda Inscore/USA Today

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