And so it begins.
Five-star J.T. Tuimoloau's flight from Washington touched down in Columbus on Thursday evening, and he was greeted by at the airport around 5:45 p.m. by more than a dozen Ohio State coaches and staff members.
Head coach Ryan Day and defensive line coach and lead recruiter Larry Johnson were among those at John Glenn Columbus International Airport. Linebackers coach Al Washington, safeties coach Matt Barnes, special teams coordinator Parker Fleming and defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs were in attendance as well as several others who work for the football program.
J.T. Tuimoloau has arrived in Columbus. pic.twitter.com/AYI8lV3MzF— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) June 17, 2021
Members of Ohio States arrival party at the airport for J.T. Tuimoloau included three assistants wearing No. 33 jerseys (his high school number), all in different colors. pic.twitter.com/JG0AiW5fjn— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) June 17, 2021
The welcome party at the airport kicked of the the rolling out of the red carpet as Ohio State looks to add a sixth five-star prospect to its 2021 recruiting haul.
The heralded defensive lineman from Washington, who is the highest-profile prospect in the 2021 cycle to decide to take his recruitment into the summer, is in town for his third of five official visits. He already went to Washington and USC and he has visits to Oregon and Alabama on tap. He's expected to make a decision soon after all five trips are done.
If Tuimoloau ends up picking the Buckeyes, he'd become the highest-rated defensive player to sign with them in the modern recruiting era.