When Eric Nation saw his son pick up a Clemson offer, he thought his recruitment was over.
But 2023 four-star cornerback Ethan Nation insisted on visiting Ohio State in June anyway after he received an offer from the Buckeyes in May.
“Being totally transparent, after Ethan got the Clemson offer, which we all knew was his dream school, we really thought he was finished,” Eric said. “So when Ohio State came up, he told me, ‘No, Dad. I want to go visit Ohio State.’ I was just like, ‘Woah.’”
Ethan, the 133rd-best player and the 13th-best cornerback according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, impressed the Buckeyes while camping with the team in June.
“I know coach (Ryan) Day told us in the room if Ethan wanted to commit today, they would take him,” Eric said. “Ethan is a kid they’re high on. We just want to make sure it’s mutual.”
The elder Nation said if he was asked to say which schools are near the top of his son’s list of nearly 40 offers two months ago, Ohio State would not have been there. But now, that’s changed.
“I’ll tell you something, (OSU is) definitely a place that you hear about and assume, but once you see it, it’s magnificent, man,” Eric said. “It’s huge. Extremely impressive.”
Ethan, a Georgia native who describes himself as a finesse corner, is close with other OSU 2023 cornerback target AJ Harris. Both of them use the same trainer, Oliver Davis, in Atlanta.
“Me and AJ are like brothers, we’re real close to each other,” Ethan said. “We met at training and we just clicked.”
“I’m telling you man, that’s an interesting group, Ethan, AJ, Caleb and Justice,” Eric said. “What’s interesting is, when they’re comparing their notes right now, it seems like all the three to four schools they’re considering are all right there together. That 2023 class is going to be fun to watch.”
The Nations will visit Columbus in the fall and plan on attending Ohio State’s home opener against Oregon on September 11. That is the same weekend Harris plans to come back to Columbus. Ethan told Eleven Warriors he doesn’t have a set date he has in mind for a commitment and prefers to focus on training and perfecting his techniques for now.
247Sports releases updated 2022 rankings
Wednesday, 247Sports provided an update on its 2022 recruiting class rankings, with some of OSU’s commits and targets getting a sizable bump, others taking a dive, and some staying the same. It should be noted these are 247Sports rankings, and not the 247Sports composite rankings we usually reference in the Hurry-Ups. With all the movement, OSU still has the No. 1 recruiting class thus far for 2022.
We’ll break it down by commits and targets.
- Quarterback Quinn Ewers stayed at No. 1 overall
- Wideout Caleb Burton dropped two spots from eight to No. 10.
- Defensive back Jaheim Singletary fell from 28 to No. 53
- Linebacker C.J. Hicks moved up one spot from No. 45 to No. 44
- Linebacker Gabe Powers plummeted from No. 54 to No. 81
- Defensive back Terrance Brooks saw a sizable bump from 102 to No. 66.
- Wide receiver Kaleb Brown moved down two spots from 58 to No. 60.
- Defensive back Jyaire Brown dropped a single spot to No. 131
- Wide receiver Kojo Antwi moved up from 73 to 72.
- Wideout Kyion Grayes saw his stock improve, going from 111 to No. 47
- Offensive lineman Tegra Tshabola stayed at No. 241
- Running back Dallan Hayden moved down three spots to No. 211
- Tight end Bennett Christian went down from 204 to 208.
- Offensive lineman Kam Dewberry moved down four spots from 222 to 226.
- Offensive lineman Earnest Greene dropped one spot from 67 to 68.
- Offensive lineman Addison Nichols also moved down one spot and now sits at No. 114.
- Offensive lineman Aamil Wagner moved from No. 76 to No. 74
- Defensive lineman Caden Curry moved down one spot from 108 to 109
- Defensive lineman Enai White stayed in the top 10 but dropped from No. 6 to No. 7
- Edge athlete Kenyatta Jackson stayed put at 107.
- Defensive lineman Chris McClellan dropped from 100 to No. 98.
- Defensive lineman Hero Kanu saw an improvement from No. 99 to No. 85.
- Defensive back Xavier Nwankpa dropped one spot from 13 to No. 14.
- Defensive back Zion Branch moved up two spots from 52 to No. 50.
On3 Recruits releases 2021 rankings
While it plans to launch its website next month, On3 Recruiting unveiled its recruiting rankings for the class of 2021. There are… let’s say, some stark differences between them and 247Sports’ rankings. Particularly when you see who slots in at number 25, and a certain Ohio State receiver that's not in the top 32.
The hyperlink to each player will take you to their 247Sports page in case you want to see the comparison.
The top 32 are as follows, sorted by ranking, name, position, and school.
1. Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma
2. Jack Sawyer, DL, Ohio State
3. Kingsley Suamataia, OL, Oregon
4. Korey Foreman, DL, USC
5. Jaxson Dart, QB, USC
6. JC Latham, OL, Alabama
7. Amarius Mims, OL, Georgia
8. Leonard Taylor, DL, Miami
9. Maason Smith, DL, LSU
10. Agiye Hall, WR, Alabama
11. Shemar Turner, DL, Texas A&M
12. Ga'Quincy McKinstry, DB, Alabama
13. Donovan Jackson, OL, Ohio State
14. Tommy Brockermeyer, OL, Alabama
15. Keanu Koht, LB, Alabama
16. Nyland Green, CB, Georgia
17. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
18. Kyle McCord, QB, Ohio State
19. TreVeyon Henderson, ATH, Ohio State
20. Deontae Lawson, LB, Alabama
21. Jahvaree Ritzie, DL, North Carolina
22. Clayton Smith, LB, Oklahoma
23. Dallas Turner, LB, Alabama
24. Prince Kollie, LB, Notre Dame
25. JT Tuimoloau, DL, Ohio State
26. Keeshawn Silver, DL, North Carolina
27. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
28. Nolan Rucci, OL, Wisconsin
29. Terrion Arnold, DB, Alabama
30. Saivion Jones, DL, LSU
31. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
32. Lorenzo Styles, WR, Notre Dame