In the week following Ohio State’s win over Nebraska, Benji Gosnell told Bennett Christian, Buckeye’s final pledge that he “was essentially 90 percent committed,” Gosnell told Eleven Warriors.
And during Buckeyes’ final win over Penn State on Saturday, Gosnell said that he had “an inside feeling that I would commit to the State of Ohio.”
On Sunday afternoon, the four-star tight-end from East Surry High School (North Carolina) officially went public, calling Ryan Day and Kevin Wilson to inform them news he wants to be a Saturday commitment of Buckeyes in cycle 2022, and on Wednesday night he announced that to the country by cementing his place in the class.
1000% committed to Ohio State University !! GO TO DIE !! @ Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/kxFPHesN9g
– Benjamin Gosnell (@GosnellBenjamin) November 5, 2020
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6-foot-4/225 lbs
- Location: COME
- Schools: East Surry (Pilot Mountain, NC)
- Overall rating: ★★★★
- Overall rating: 11 TE
Gosnell says “OSU is my lead all week,” but we reported two weeks ago that Gosnell wants to see how Buckeyes use their tight end in the pass game, namely whether they use it. Use Jeremy Ruckert as a pass catcher or not. Against Nittany Lions, he loves what he sees as tight endings are targeted seven times, a total of six catches in 54 yards and two touches of the ball caught by Ruckert.
“Every piece of wood is there, but that’s the last nail in the wood,” said Gosnell. “It has a lot to do with Bennett as well. Bennett is a wonderful guy, and I really want to be his teammate.
“But I would say take a look at Jeremy and Luke (Farrell) and see how they play on Saturday (signed the deal), and they’re in a lot. If Ruckert doesn’t, Luke participates, and if Luke doesn’t, Ruckert participates. Or both participate. There’s always a tight end there, and most of the time there’s two. And two more are not available. Great. ”
So now, after two years we believe the State of Ohio will bring back the tight final two layers in the 2020 and 2021 cycles, the day has finally arrived. Buckeyes reach their second prospect in this position, as the 225-pound, 6-foot-4 athlete will join good friend and three-star Georgia Christian in Buckeyes’ class.
Gosnell selected Ohio State among the last three, including Florida and North Carolina. Gosnell has a great relationship with Gators head coach Tim Brewster and was intrigued by the idea of following in Kyle Pitts’s future future, and Florida has flourished over the past few months.
“Their coach basically just emphasized the level of Kyle Pitts usage, the level of action he saw and the crime they were taking with the way they used ended tightly through practice. have committed their crimes, ”said Gosnell. “It’s a really good pitch and all of that. To be honest, I would compare Donovan Green, in my class, to a more Kyle Pitts type of player. I feel like I can fit in with Florida. To be honest, my heart wasn’t there. I love Coach Brewster and all of it, Florida is a great place. But my heart was at Ohio State. ”
Gosnell is also strongly considering Mack Brown and the Tar Heels. Gosnell’s brother is a North Carolina recipient, and he has strong ties to his home state school and he admits that he has been “more times than I could count.”
So it’s pretty cool about the work that the Ohio State attack coordinator / tightly-ended coach Wilson did when hiring Gosnell, as the younger brother said the pair’s relationship was stronger. whatever he has on the board. Wilson did a great job convincing Gosnell that he could draw a path to the NFL using Columbus’s path.
“To be honest, Coach Wilson and I have been great friends since May and April,” said Gosnell. “We’ve been successful since we started the Zoom calls back then.”
Luckily for Buckeyes, this is a hiring where the dead times are not detrimental or prove to be a major setback. Gosnell admits he’s not the one who needs an in-depth meeting with the entire coaching staff or even a face-to-face meeting with a few coaches to make his decisions.
Instead, he just needs to feel comfortable in relationship with his future position coach and he says Wilson has done a great job building that comfort over Zoom.
“We could still go there and look each other in the eye, and he showed me a lot of their clips and the like,” said Gosnell. “The things he does to me are great. We were on the personal level, and we never even met face-to-face, which I really liked. He’s a real real guy. There is no doubt about that ”.
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