Photos and Social Media Reactions from Ohio State's First Official Visit Weekend of 2021

By Dan Hope on June 6, 2021 at 12:40 pm
Caleb Burton

Ohio State hosted official visitors this weekend for the first time in over a year, and it certainly seems like the Buckeyes made a positive impression on both their commits and some of their top uncommitted targets.

Nine of Ohio State's 12 commits for the recruiting class of 2022 (Quinn Ewers, C.J. Hicks, Caleb Burton, Gabe Powers, Jyaire Brown, Kyion Grayes, Tegra TshabolaBennett Christian and Kye Stokes) were on campus over the weekend, as were nine uncommitted 2022 prospects with offers from Ohio State: offensive tackles Zach RiceAamil Wagner and George Fitzpatrick, defensive ends Omari Abor and Khurtiss Perry, safeties Xavier Nwankpa and Zion Branch, cornerback Toriano Pride and defensive tackle Nick James.

Along with the official visitors, numerous prospects from the class of 2023 were also at Ohio State over the weekend for unofficial visits.

Many of those official and unofficial visitors took to social media during their visits to share photos and reactions from their time at Ohio State, and we've rounded up some of the highlights below.

QB Quinn Ewers

Ewers kept it simple, tweeting two emojis: A pin referencing the “Columbus, OH” location on his tweet, and a house, making it clear he already feels at home at Ohio State.

WR Caleb Burton

Burton posted images from his photoshoot wearing an Ohio State uniform – No. 5, the number currently worn by Garrett Wilson, who played at the same Lake Travis High School where Burton will play his senior season – as well as a tweet suggesting one of this week's uncommitted visitors will soon be joining him as a commit.

LB C.J. Hicks

Although Hicks postponed his official visit until later this month, he still spent time on campus this weekend as an unofficial visitor, and like Burton, he also hinted that good news is coming soon for the Buckeyes:

WR Kyion Grayes

Grayes wore No. 7 – the number currently worn by C.J. Stroud – for his photoshoot and included a photo in which he and Burton posed with their future position coach Brian Hartline:

OT Tegra Tshabola

Tshabola included his family in his photoshoot:

After the visit, Tshabola posted a video on Twitter publicly thanking Ohio State for its hospitality over the weekend:

CB Jyaire Brown

Brown changed his Twitter profile picture to a photo with his future Ohio State coordinator Kerry Coombs:

And shared a photo of himself holding a Heisman Trophy:

TE Bennett Christian

Christian included an album cover graphic created by Ohio State in his uniform photoshoot tweet:

S Kye Stokes

Stokes chose the No. 13 and Ohio State's black alternate uniform for his photoshoot, and shared photos with Coombs and his primary recruiter Tony Alford:

OT Zach Rice

In a video shared by recruiting insider Hayes Fawcett, it seemed Rice liked what he saw at Ohio Stadium:

OT Aamil Wagner

OT George Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick and his father shared photos from their visit to Ohio State:

DE Omari Abor

The five-star defensive end chose the famous No. 23 for his photoshoot:


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DE Khurtiss Perry

Perry wore both a black No. 4 uniform and a scarlet No. 44 uniform for his photoshoot:

S Zion Branch

Branch – who picked up a pair of 247Sports Crystal Balls to Ohio State on Sunday morning – also went with a No. 5 jersey for his official visit pictures:

S Xavier Nwankpa

Nwankpa shared some video of himself from the Shoe:

Nwankpa teased in a tweet that he could be back at Ohio State soon:

His mother also shared photos of Nwanpka with Ohio State coach Ryan Day and secondary coach Matt Barnes.

CB Toriano Pride

Pride struck a Heisman pose during his photoshoot:

DT Nick James

James said he “had a great time at Ohio State”:

DE Derrick Leblanc (2023)

Leblanc channeled the McDonald's slogan to describe how he was enjoying his unofficial visit to Ohio State:

TE Walker Lyons (2023)

Lyons spent time with Day and checking out the Shoe after making the trip to Columbus from California for an unofficial visit:

TE Luke Hasz (2023)

Hasz also spent time with Day and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson on an unofficial visit this weekend after making the trip to Ohio State from Oklahoma:

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