Real Pod Wednesdays: The Absurdity of Brian Hartline’s Recruiting Run and A Good First Impression of Ohio State Quarterback Commit Dylan Raiola

By Dan Hope, Griffin Strom and Garrick Hodge on June 22, 2022 at 2:06 pm
Carnell Tate

It’s been a huge week for Ohio State in recruiting – specifically, for wide receiver recruiting.

Ohio State landed commitments from five-star wide receivers on back-to-back days when Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss committed to the Buckeyes on Monday and Tuesday. To help us put it all into context and explain how the Buckeyes pulled it off, Eleven Warriors recruiting analyst Garrick Hodge joins us on this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays. (The episode was recorded before Noah Rogers’ commitment on Wednesday, though as you’ll hear, we weren’t exactly surprised by Wednesday’s news.)

We break down how Ohio State’s success recruiting wide receivers over the past five years is unprecedented and how Brian Hartline made OSU into the place top receiver prospects want to go, and Garrick shares his intel on how OSU ultimately won the battle for Tate after a push from Tennessee.

In other recruiting storylines, this week brought us our first opportunity to see Dylan Raiola in person as he participated in Ohio State’s final camp of the summer on Tuesday, and we share what impressed us (beginning 13 minutes in) while watching his throwing session and talking to him afterward.

Another quarterback also stole the show on Tuesday as Colin Hurley earned an offer from the Buckeyes, and we discuss (starting around 18:40) how that could set up a fascinating race to be Ohio State’s 2025 quarterback between Hurley and Ryan Montgomery.

To wrap up camp season, all three of us make our picks (26:05) for who impressed us the most across Ohio State’s seven camps. And Garrick predicts (31:00) which four players in the 2023 class will be the next players to commit to Ohio State. (Note: This episode was recorded before Jermaine Mathews, one of those four players, announced his July 1 commitment date.)

In the final 22 minutes of the show (beginning at 36:15), Griffin and Dan preview this week’s NBA draft and guesstimate where Malaki Branham and E.J. Liddell will be selected while sharing our thoughts on what kind of players we think each of them will be at the next level.

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