Carnell Tate Catches Passes from Dylan Raiola, Three More Prospects Land Offers and Stacy Gage Works Out at Ohio State's Final Camp of the Summer

By Garrick Hodge on June 21, 2022 at 8:35 pm
Carnell Tate
Carnell Tate

Ohio State’s final recruiting camp of the summer Tuesday saw plenty of star power.

One day after committing to Ohio State, five-star 2023 wideout Carnell Tate was back on campus, hanging out at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. 

He was joined by five-star 2024 Ohio State quarterback commit Dylan Raiola, who went through two separate workouts with the Buckeyes. In the morning, Raiola and his younger brother Dayton went through a private workout with quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis. 

“I want to obviously get back out here and learn as much as I can before I get here,” Raiola said. 

Shortly before Raiola started his afternoon workout, he and Tate FaceTimed Ohio State’s newest commitment: five-star Florida wide receiver Brandon Inniss, who had just announced his commitment to OSU a few minutes prior. Raiola, Tate and Inniss all publicly made appeals to four-star North Carolina wideout Noah Rogers to join them at Ohio State. 

In his interview after camp, Raiola said he hoped Rogers would be in the class as soon as Wednesday so OSU goes back-to-back-to-back with wide receiver recruiting. 

In the afternoon, Raiola headlined a pretty impressive group of signal-callers working out with Ryan Day, first going through individual quarterback drills then later throwing to receivers in routes on air. Other quarterbacks throwing Tuesday included 2024 Florida quarterback Trevor Jackson, 2025 Florida quarterback Colin Hurley, 2025 Ohio quarterback Chase Herbstreit (the son of Kirk Herbstreit), Dayton Raiola, 2026 Ohio quarterback Rocco Williams and Ryan Day’s son, RJ Day.

At the start of drills, Tate stood on the sidelines and watched the quarterbacks go through drills. He later decided to get in on the action, volunteering to be a stationary pass-catching target for the quarterbacks. Raiola and Tate are likely to connect on many passes inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during future practices, so Tuesday was a nice glimpse of things to come. 

Ohio State also extended three offers during Tuesday’s camp, including one to Hurley.

While Raiola was the headliner of the aforementioned quarterback group because of his Ohio State commitment and five-star pedigree, Hurley more than held his own in passing drills.

Hurley started his day in an unorthodox way, walking a mile from his hotel to OSU’s athletic complex instead of driving because he said he wanted to stretch out his legs and clear his mind before working out. 

The 6-foot, 205-pound signal-caller showed great arm strength and accuracy over the course of the day, wowing Day and Dennis with his performance. He became the second quarterback to receive an offer from Ohio State in the 2025 cycle, joining Ryan Montgomery

“My visit and camp to Ohio State was amazing,” Hurley told Eleven Warriors. “I toured the campus, saw some things on the academic side and then it was all about football — whiteboard, film, the facilities and more. I camped and worked exclusively with coach Day. His knowledge of the QB position blew me away.

“After the camp, he said, ‘Colin, you throw it as good as anyone I’ve seen. The ball shoots out of your hand. You’re super talented. Stay focused, embrace productive discomfort and keep working. We’d love for you to be a Buckeye.”’

The second offer of the day went to four-star Georgia prospect Kylan Fox, who worked out at both tight end and defensive end for the Buckeyes Tuesday. In the morning, Fox impressed Larry Johnson with his quickness in drills, while he showed excellent hands, size and route-running ability in his workout with Kevin Wilson. His dual-threat day was enough to earn Fox an offer from the Buckeyes. 

“Getting an offer from Ohio State is huge to me because they win,” Fox told Eleven Warriors. “Coach Day does a great job with his guys and he develops them into men.”

Finally, four-star 2024 Arizona cornerback Miles Lockhart was the third player the Buckeyes offered Tuesday after impressing Tim Walton with his coverage at camp. Lockhart is considered the 234th-best player nationally, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He holds 16 Division I offers. 

"This offer is huge to me because, I mean it’s Ohio State, and everyone knows how big that one is," Lockhart told Eleven Warriors after getting the offer.

In between the morning and afternoon sessions, four-star 2024 Florida running back Stacy Gage went through a private workout with Tony Alford. Gage, who already holds an Ohio State offer, ran through agility drills and practiced his receiving skills by catching passes from Hurley.

“Coach Alford and I talk almost every week,” Gage said. “He tells me all the time that I’d be a great fit for the program, that I’d be a good Buckeye running back.” 

The IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida) product said he was thrilled to see his high school teammate, Tate, commit to Ohio State and acknowledged Raiola is in touch with him “almost every day” trying to recruit him to Columbus. 

Tuesday’s morning session might as well have been nicknamed “the bro bowl.” Two pairs of brothers that both are Ohio State targets made their way to Columbus Tuesday: Ohio 2024 offensive linemen and twin brothers Deontae and Devontae Armstrong, and Connecticut defensive linemen Jacob and Jerod Smith.

Each participated in Tuesday’s drills except Jerod, who was nursing an injury. Jacob, a top-100 prospect in the 2024 cycle, looked impressive in his one-on-one drills. The Smiths attend The Loomis Chaffee School (Windsor, Connecticut) and are high school teammates with priority Ohio State 2023 offensive tackle target Olaus Alinen.

One quick programming note: Tomorrow, I’ll be en route to Indiana for my best friend of 25 years’ wedding. Considering the record pace Brian Hartline is on wide receiver commitments and the upcoming massive official visit weekend, I’ll try not to check my phone every other five minutes to see what’s going on. 

While that means I won’t be writing any Hurry-Ups for the remainder of the week, Dan and Griffin will have you covered with plenty of other awesome recruiting stories. Should more #BOOMS come in my absence, we’ll have plenty of great content on those, as well.

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