Two of the most popular All-American high school all-star games recognizing the best prep players in the country are slated to take place this week.
The first is the Under Armour All-America Game, which will be played at 5 p.m. Tuesday and air on ESPN2. Of interest to Ohio State fans, Buckeyes signees Noah Rogers and Jason Moore will both be participating in the game, if you’d like a glimpse to see them in action before they both don an Ohio State uniform.
Meanwhile, another All-American Bowl will air at 1 p..m. Saturday on NBC, with seven OSU signees participating. Representing the West will be Lincoln Kienholz, Joshua Mickens, Calvin Simpson Hunt, while Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss, Luke Montgomery and Malik Hartford will play for Team East.
KingJoseph Edwards puts OSU in his top 15
Another talented defensive end in the 2024 class has included Ohio State in his trimmed-down schools list. Four-star Georgia prospect defensive end KingJoseph Edwards released a top 15 Tuesday consisting of OSU, Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, USC, Tennessee, North Carolina State, Oregon, South Carolina, Florida State, Cincinnati, Texas A&M, Texas, Michigan State and Oklahoma.
Shortly after tweeting out his top 15, Edwards also posted that OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson is one of his favorite coaches. The 6-foot-5, 242-pound Edwards visited OSU earlier this season for the Notre Dame game, and Johnson visited him in Georgia after the dead period lifted in December.
“We spoke about coming back to Ohio for a visit before the year is over, continuing to work hard in school and staying focused,” Edwards told Eleven Warriors in December of his conversation with Johnson.
Inniss decides to bet on himself
As mentioned above, five-star Florida Ohio State signee Brandon Inniss will be playing in an American game later this week and competing in bowl practices before joining the Buckeyes later this summer for workouts.
Of course, Ohio State had plenty of competition for Inniss throughout his recruitment, both before and after his commitment. Inniss told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong this week other colleges were offering him lucrative NIL packages late in his process in an attempt to get him to flip from Ohio State. But the allure of playing for Brian Hartline and the Buckeyes was too much for Inniss to bite.
“I had numerous conversations with my parents, just talking to them and figuring it out,” Inniss told 247Sports at All-American Bowl check-in. “Do you take the money now or do you get developed to be the best you can be, and in the long run you’ll earn more money and be more ready and developed by the time you get to the NFL.
“Because of who Coach Hartline is and how develops, that’s how it played out.”
In Inniss’ senior season at American Heritage High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), he caught 73 passes for 1,336 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Hevin Brown-Shuler puts the Buckeyes in top 13
A top-100 2024 defensive tackle prospect continues to have interest in Ohio State. Four-star Georgia prospect Hevin Brown-Shuler released a top 13 this week consisting of Ohio State, South Carolina, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Colorado, USC, Clemson, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Oregon and Virgina.
Happy New Year .@ChadSimmons_ @Alex_B2C @Pace_FB @JeremyO_Johnson @ErikRichardsUSA @247recruiting @Rivals @lukewinstel @InsideHashes @RecruitGeorgia @stevequinnFBU @AWilliamsUSA @RealChadRicardo @RWrightRivals pic.twitter.com/D65le7ICV0— Hevin Brown-Shuler (Hevy Duty) (@HevyDutyBS) January 1, 2023
Brown-Shuler visited OSU earlier this season and is considered the 72nd-best prospect and the 10th-best defensive lineman in 2024 per 247Sports’ composite rankings.