It has been an interesting path to Benji Gosnell’s commitment to the State of Ohio today.
Tight finishing fifth in the 2022 cycle was considered a skinny Buckeyes after dropping third in the summer, but took a step back in his hiring following the number of coaches contacting him. on September 1.
Then, with the production that he saw from Gators’ Kyle Pitts, the UF became a school that started hiring for him. In fact, Gosnell set a record just over a few weeks ago and said Florida would be his choice if he wanted to commit that day.
Ultimately, however, Ryan Day and his staff appeared on top for the coveted younger brother.
“That feels great,” said Gosnell BuckeyeGrove. “Especially with all the coaching staff; they are all wonderful people. All will do the best for each child… they treat their players like family. That̵7;s one of the reasons I love them so much. I’m going to get there, we’re going to have a wonderful 4 to 5 years and we’ll get some naturalness. We’ll get some rings, so I’m pumped. ”
Throughout his assessment, Gosnell knows a multitude of factors he wants to see in a program that they consider for his services. His criteria include good facilities, the player’s growth, the coaching team, his coach position, who he will be around, stability and school location. .
The state of Ohio, where Gosnell started contacting earlier this year, checked all of those boxes.
“I’ve always liked the State of Ohio,” said Gosnell. “When I first received an offer since then on June 2, that feeling… was basically a feeling of joy filled me as Coach Day made the formal offer. Since then, I feel just a certain kind of Ohio State.
“Even in March, when I first started doing Zooms with Coach Wilson, we were discussing the State of Ohio and all the details and all the school details. Every thing about it is wonderful and wonderful. I have studied a lot and have never even visited, but basically I feel like I already know this place very well. “
The recruitment of reporters, such as myself, covers prospects like Gosnell as future college football players, but we do know there is a lot involved in the decision-making process. more than what happens on the grid. This is not just the three- to five-year choice they are making; it is also a decision that will hopefully benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Gosnell says along with what Wilson and company will do for him on the pitch, Ohio State’s education and life after football programs sold him to school.
“I already knew that everything other than football at Ohio State was perfect for me,” said Gosnell. “The academies are great, the facilities, the coaching staff, all the post-soccer opportunities they offer. But as a footballer, just watching the way they develop ends closely … [on Saturday]Ruckert scored twice and hit six times.
“Jeremy Ruckert, he’s a well-developed tight finale. He will finish defensively and a defender, but he will also score touch the ball and pass in the pass game. The way they develop the players is, in general, one of the unique ways. “
Wilson informed Gosnell that he is being recruited to replace Ruckert, who is in his junior season at Columbus. This 220-pound, 6-foot-4 had reliable hands for a tight finish, but the next step in Gosnell’s development would be to lift his resistance. another level.
Gosnell, a multinational athlete who plays baseball, basketball, track and field, and even plays on the defensive side of football, was on the challenge.
“My brother, Stephen, is in North Carolina and he’s a receiver, so I started working with him, training as a collector, in sixth grade,” said Gosnell. “I felt I was developing myself into a tighter type of player around the second half of my first and second year because of how my body was growing. When we’re doing 7 vs 7, I can run faster than any queue person you put me on, but I’m also a lot bigger and a lot longer than any angle or safety. .
“So you can throw it to me, no matter what range they are, and I can take advantage of them, choose my position to take the ball. But I’m also very aggressive. I play defensively late and I play back, so I have a defensive mindset – regardless of whether people might say I’m underqualified – the aggressiveness I bring will translate into how they develop me to prevent. “
Although Gosnell is one of the leading companies in the country, he knows that it will be very difficult for him when it is time to put the pads on Buckeyes. Playing time is not based on stars or location ratings; it is earned every day on the training ground, in the practice room, during movie screenings, etc.
However, when he arrived in Columbus in 2022, Gosnell wanted to establish himself as one of the hardest workers on the team.
“I’m a really easygoing guy,” said Gosnell. “I won’t explain, ‘I did this and you’re not right.’ If Coach Wilson and Coach Day try to teach me something, I’ll listen because obviously, they know more about it than I do and their results speak for themselves. I will become an easygoing guy and I will compete like a bad guy.
“The first day I go to Ohio State, I will do my best training. I think, honestly, people will be upset with the way I work hard. “
This is Part One of BuckeyeGrove’s conversation with Benji Gosnell. Stay tuned on Thursday afternoon for the second part of this interview where he talks about the 2022 Ohio State team’s commitment, expectations for the class, and his thoughts on Ryan Day Buckeyes’ Day .