Ohio State '23 IN DE (RS FR) - Joshua Mickens

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    WEAKSIDE DEFENSIVE END •6'5" | 225 LBS
    CLASS OF 2023 @ LAWRENCE CENTRAL | INDIANAPOLIS, IN

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    MICKENS PICKS UP OSU OFFER
    While the recruiting visitors list for the upcoming Michigan game will probably be another Notre Dame-esque list with eye-popping names left and right, there were some interesting prospects of note in attendance for Ohio State’s 56-14 victory over Indiana on Saturday. One of them was four-star 2023 Indiana defensive end Joshua Mickens.

    Mickens, currently an LSU commit, picked up an offer from OSU over the weekend.

    The offer comes very late in the cycle, but OSU wouldn’t make that offer if it didn’t feel at least somewhat confident it can flip Mickens, who is ranked as the 136th-best prospect nationally and 18th-ranked edge player in the 2023 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. In 11 games played for Lawrence Central (Indianapolis, Indiana) this season, Mickens racked up 74 total tackles (20.5 for loss), 6.5 sacks, two quarterback hurries, one pass deflection and three forced fumbles.

    While the visit was Mickens’ first to OSU this year, it wasn't his first game visit at Ohio Stadium, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound prospect visited the Buckeyes' contest against Oregon last season. Saturday's visit won't be his last, either. Mickens is expected to be in attendance for OSU's contest against Michigan on Nov. 26 for an official visit, leading to further speculation he's a prime flip candidate considering the Indiana prospect plans to sign in December.

    Of course, there’s an elephant in the room question that comes with the Mickens offer: Does Ohio State feel less confident about its chances of securing at least one of the three five-star defensive ends on its recruiting board: Damon Wilson, Keon Keeley and Matayo Uiagalelei?

    In short, no. OSU still would like to take either two or three more defensive ends in the 2023 cycle, and the offer of Mickens only exemplifies that desire, plus the Buckeyes’ confidence they’ll be able to flip him from LSU and keep him closer to home.

    Speaking of the big three, there’s some key news to delve right into concerning one of them.
     
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    One of Ohio State's top remaining targets in the 2023 class has officially reopened his recruitment.

    Four-star Indiana defensive end Joshua Mickens decommitted from LSU on Monday following his official visit to OSU over the weekend.

    Mickens, considered the 138th-best prospect and the 18th-best edge player in 2023 per 247Sports' composite rankings, has taken two visits to Columbus recently, one coming on Saturday and the other on Nov. 12, where he picked up his Buckeyes offer.

    Now that he has officially reopened his recruitment, the Buckeyes are the overwhelming favorite to land the 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end between now and the Early Signing Period on Dec. 21. OSU has three defensive linemen committed for 2023 in Jason Moore, Kayden McDonald and Will Smith Jr. OSU remains in heavy pursuit of five-star defensive end Damon Wilson, who was also at The Game on Saturday, as well as fellow five-star edge rushers Keon Keeley and Matayo Uiagalelei.
     
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    JOSHUA MICKENS
    Talk about a fast riser on Ohio State’s recruiting board. The one-time LSU commit and four-star Indiana prospect made his first gameday visit of the fall to OSU on Nov. 12, where he earned a Buckeyes offer shortly after that. He returned for an official visit two weeks later for the Michigan game, and upon arriving home, Mickens decommitted from LSU, reopening his recruitment.

    Of all the players on this board, Mickens is probably the most likely to end up at Ohio State.
     
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