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.
Buckeyes offer 2023 WR
Ohio State added another player to its list of offers at the receiver spot in 2023.
Carnell Tate, a Chicago native playing his ball at Florida's IMG Academy, announced that the Buckeyes have come calling.
Tate is the No. 47 overall player and No. 7 receiver in his cycle. He has been offered by nearly two dozen programs, highlighted by the Buckeyes, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound outside receiver joins Brandon Inniss, Jalen Hale and Braylon James as the other receivers Brian Hartline has extended offers to thus far in the 2023 cycle.
Brown on the move
On Friday, the in-state standout saw yet another bump as he was put into four-star status by the folks at Rivals.
“Anthony Brown is not the biggest receiver out there, but he is a big-time playmaker. As a sophomore he averaged over 20 yards per catch and scored 12 touchdowns on 40 receptions. Brown is a slot receiver prospect with outstanding speed, agility and ball skills. He can take a short pass and turn it into a long-gainer or take the top off the defense and reel in the deep passes. His offer list includes schools like Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.” - Josh Helmholdt, national recruiting analyst
Beasley tours OSU
As if the Under Armour Camp Series two weeks ago wasn’t already hectic enough, by the time the final session between receivers and defensive backs was over, the rain began to pick up, and there was a massive scattering as prospects left the field for cover or for home.
We were able to catch up with guys like Sonny Styles, the aforementioned Brown and Delian Bradley, but we didn’t get to all of them. So this week, we caught up with one of the top cornerback performers at the showcase in Lipscomb Academy (Nashville) standout Kaleb Beasley.
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is on a trajectory to becoming one of the top defensive prospects in his class if he keeps it up, and we will have more on him over the weekend.
Beasley was able to go on a self-guided visit to Ohio State’s campus after the Under Armour showcase, and it was a good introduction to what campus life and life in Columbus could be like if he gets that opportunity down the road.
“We just drove around. I walked around the stadium, and I wanted to go in this little indoor track facility,” Beasley said. “Definitely one of the bigger campuses I saw. It’s huge. I walked around the stadium, went to walk around (the Woody Hayes Athletic Center) where everybody works out at, and then I went to the little field over there and took a look at that. And then we drove all around campus. We went everywhere.”
Like many before him, seeing The Shoe up close and personal was a bit of a take-a-step-back moment for Beasley.
“It’s bigger than some NFL stadiums so I was like, ‘yo, this is huge,’” Beasley said. “I got to look inside through the little gates to see the field. It was huge.”
Beasley, who is set to return to campus for a one-day camp sometime in June, has other things that stand out about the Buckeyes’ program other than the aesthetics of its campus and facilities.
“I’ve been loving Ohio State since I was younger. My dad’s been liking them. The campus is big, and when you see Ohio State on TV you know they’re always gonna be in the playoffs. You see Jeff Okudah, he’s one of the best corners to play the game. So they definitely produce some of the best players.”
Thus far, Ohio State has not been in contact, but that could change in the near future as the Buckeyes have only extended one scholarship offer to a 2024 prospect.
In the meantime, Beasley will continue to get coached up at Lipscomb Academy, which is run by head coach and former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Trent Dilfer.
“It’s crazy. We get all types of gear and all types of stuff. It’s also hard, too,” Beasley said. “He gets on us all the time. He’s a little bit of everything – funny, fiery. He can be cool, but when it’s time, when it’s game time, it’s straight seriousness.”
Header photo: Carnell Tate – Andrew Ivins/247Sports