The Hurry-Up: Emerging Tight End Tayvion Galloway Relishes Ohio State Visit, Five-Star Cornerback AJ Harris Sets Commitment Date

By Garrick Hodge on September 21, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Tayvion Galloway

Tayvion Galloway remembers watching Ohio State games with his family growing up in Chillicothe, Ohio.

But the 2024 in-state prospect had never attended a game at Ohio Stadium until being there for last week’s 41-20 victory over Tulsa. 

“It was really good, got to talk to coaches and just feel the vibe of the program,” Galloway told Eleven Warriors Monday night.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Galloway plays tight end, receiver and defensive end for Unioto High School, but said he is being recruited to OSU as a tight end and defensive end. It’s likely OSU is more interested in his tight end potential, considering he spent a good portion of his visit Saturday talking with tight ends coach and offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson. While on his visit, Galloway also spoke with executive director for football relations Tim Hinton and director of high school relations Ed Terwilliger. 

“It's a blessing I have the opportunity to begin building our relationships this early, but (Wilson) just asked about school and my team,” Galloway said. 

Galloway only has offers from Bowling Green and Buffalo, but it’s likely only a matter of time before he picks up more, considering both his age and the heavy interest he's received from Power Five schools in recent months. Ohio State has only recently begun recruiting Galloway, dating back to about six weeks ago. Wilson has told Galloway the Buckeyes are interested in his frame, his athleticism and his on-field performance thus far. 

Galloway also plays basketball, competing with the All-Ohio organization on the AAU circuit. He has not yet been recruited by Ohio State basketball like a few other football prospect have been, such as 2023 defensive lineman Lebbeus Overton.

Because he spent so much time playing AAU basketball, he did not camp anywhere last summer. He plans to change that heading into next year. 

“I was caught up in AAU ball but I will be cutting down on basketball this summer and focusing on getting in on the camp circuit,” Galloway said. 

Galloway said he grew up a Buckeyes fan, primarily because his entire family rooted for OSU. 

Other visits Galloway plans to take this fall are Notre Dame on Oct. 2, Tennessee on Oct. 16, Indiana on Oct. 23 and Michigan on Nov. 27. He already took a visit to Cincinnati on Sep. 4.

“It's good that they are close to home but I'm still just beginning to get a true feel for the recruitment process,” Galloway said.

Harris sets commitment date

The top priority at cornerback for Ohio State in 2023 has set a commitment date. Five-star recruit AJ Harris cut his school list down to seven on Tuesday, and also announced he will make his college decision on Jan. 11, 2022. The schools still in the running include Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Georgia. 

Harris, a Phenix City, Alabama, resident, is rated the No. 13 player nationally and the third cornerback in the 2023 class, per 247Sports' composite rankings. Harris visited OSU in June and plans to return to Columbus on Oct. 9 for the Buckeyes' contest with Maryland. 

Wilson picks up offer

One of the top linebackers in the 2023 class, Raylen Wilson, picked up an Ohio State offer Monday night. Wilson, who is primarily a Will linebacker, picked up the offer from Ryan Day and OSU linebackers coach Al Washington. 

The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Wilson is rated as the 74th-best prospect nationally in the 2023 cycle and the sixth-best linebacker prospect. To this point, he has been given 33 Division I offers, which include Alabama, Auburn, USC, Texas A&M, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, LSU, Georgia and Clemson. 

Bowles reschedules visit

One of OSU’s top linebacker targets in 2023, Troy Bowles, was scheduled to visit Columbus last weekend to attend the Buckeyes’ game against Tulsa. Unfortunately for the four-star recruit, he suffered a sprained ankle in his game for Jesuit High School (Tampa Bay, Florida) Friday night, according to 247Sports, causing him to postpone the visit.

Bowles, the son of Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, plans to visit OSU later in the fall. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Will linebacker is ranked as the 52nd-best player and the fourth-rated linebacker in the 2023 class.

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