One top 2023 offensive lineman target hoping to make it to this weekend’s Ohio State home opener against Oregon will have to reschedule.
Payton Kirkland, a four-star lineman from Florida, told Eleven Warriors on Friday he wouldn’t be able to make it to Columbus in time after playing a game for Dr. Phillips High School (Orlando) and then trying to make it to Ohio for a noon kickoff. Kirkland, rated the 123rd-best prospect and the ninth-best tackle in the 2023 cycle by 247Sports’ composite rankings, also said he does not yet have a visit rescheduled.
Since we released our excepted attendees list on Tuesday, we’ve since added 2023 quarterback Dylan Lonergan and cornerback Malik Muhammad, as well as a couple of other names. There was some question if in-state wideout Anthony Brown, who has yet to receive an offer from Ohio State, would still make the trip, considering he committed to Minnesota last weekend. But the four-star wide receiver told Eleven Warriors via text message this week he still plans to be there Saturday.
As such, here is our updated list of expected attendees less than 24 hours before kickoff. Names have been added/subtracted from earlier in the week from our own intel, reporting from other outlets and announcements from the recruits themselves.
Class of 2023: Zechariah Owens (OL), Justice Haynes (RB), Malik Muhammad (CB), Dylan Lonergan (QB), Anthony Brown (WR), Ty Lockwood (TE), Luke Montgomery (OL), Joshua Padilla (OL), Trevor Lauck (OL), Matayo Uiagalelei (DL), Ta’Mere Robinson (LB), Adrian Norton (WR), RJ Jones (DB), Ty Lee (DB), Jshawn Frausto-Ramos (DB), Caleb Downs (DB), Ethan Nation (DB), Sonny Styles (DB/LB), Willtrell Hartson (RB)
Tate changes commitment date
Although we are now less than a month away from Carnell Tate’s original commitment date, it’s going to take a bit longer for the 2023 four-star wideout to decide where he wants to play college ball.
Tate told 247Sports that he no longer plans to give a verbal on Oct. 8 and instead will allow himself more time to visit more schools. Previously, Tate had planned to visit only Notre Dame on Oct. 2 before he committed. The expectation in recruiting circles has been that the IMG Academy standout’s recruitment would come down to OSU and Notre Dame, but he told Eleven Warriors on Aug. 29 he had not made a college decision yet.
OSU had told Tate if he committed to the Buckeyes on Oct. 8 he was welcome to attend their game the next day against Maryland on Oct. 9, so that seems like a possible visit date for the ninth-rated receiver in the cycle, considering he’ll be with his family in Chicago the day before.
Fitzpatrick invited to All-American Bowl
Ohio State 2022 offensive lineman commit George Fitzpatrick has been invited to play in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 in San Antonio on NBC, the senior announced Thursday night on Twitter.
What an honor! I am blessed and excited to announce I have been invited to the 2022 All-American Bowl!! @bangulo @BrandonHuffman @GregBiggins @SWiltfong247 @AABonNBC @ErikRichardsUSA @OhioStateFB @CCNextLevelFB pic.twitter.com/I1xrzo5eLV— George Fitzpatrick (@georgefitz88) September 9, 2021
Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-6, 285-pound offensive lineman, is rated as the 318th-best player nationally and the 29th-top tackle in the 2022 class. He committed to the Buckeyes on July 9.