Earlier this week Pilot Mountain (NC) East Surry closed a four-star close Benji Gosnell said he was “trying to control these emotions.” The last employer is delighted to have just decided on his future next step.
On Wednesday night, he let everyone else join in on those plans. He will attend Ohio State.
After watching the Big Ten power’s journey to win at Penn State the night before, Gosnell decided that he would become a Buckeye. He pledges number 8 to the head coach Ryan Day and his staffing during the 2022 recruitment cycle, one rank up two places to number 1 in the 247Sports Composite Team Ranking.
“I saw Jeremy Ruckert and Luke Farrell play Saturday and it’s the nail in the coffin, I’m going there, ”Gosnell told 247Sports Sunday afternoon. “Those are two of the most developed tightening points in the nation. I feel Jeremy Ruckert Overall is the tightest end in the country with the way he has grown as a blocker and catcher. And to be developed is what I really need. I was a card holder. I played the receiver for a while. “My weaknesses and to be developed, I think Ohio State is the best place to do that.”
The 6-foot, 4-foot, 225-pound Gosnell is ranked by the 247Sports Composite and the Top247 is the country’s No. 11 tight finish. He also particularly considers Florida and North Carolina where his brother Stephen plays.
Ohio State Coach Assistant Kevin Wilson head of hiring Gosnell and Day also played an integral part.
“It’s surreal,” said Gosnell. “Things are not really sinking yet, I will play for one of the top teams in the country. It has always been a lifelong dream and I’ve been doing it since the sixth grade, sprinting, and in the school’s weight room.
“I haven’t visited that place yet but I have had a lot of virtual visits with them. I learned all about their strength coaches, their strength programs, their nutrition, every aspect of their strength. football from the coaching groups to their cramped finishing room Coach (Kevin) Wilson is a great guy, Coach Ryan Day he is a great coach. They have always been a top show and I’ve always loved texting with Coach Day. Me and him text a lot during the week, we just talk about life and he is a great guy. “
As a sophomore, Gosnell shined on both sides, capturing 25 422-yard passes and five tackles with 85 tackles, including 14 pauses to lose six hanging balls. 5 more times to cross the fence in the quarter-defense position, 1 time to block and 2 times to fumble. He’s the second tight end in taking the first screen Bennett Christian.
“He’s a great recruiter for them and a great guy and emphasizes just how great the State of Ohio has been,” said Gosnell. “He doesn’t have to convince me that I already know.”