Ohio State '20 WA WR (JR) - Emeka Egbuka ('22 Second Team All-BIG)

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    Ohio State will get visit from 2021 Washington receiver
    Brian Hartline has already made a big impression on receiver Gee Scott, the Buckeyes 2020 commitment from Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic. But Ohio State may not be done in the Pacific Northwest.

    Steilacoom (Wash.) High School’s Emeka Egbuka is a top-40 prospect early in the Class of 2021 and a major fan of the Buckeyes. Hartline stopped in at Steilacoom on Monday to make sure the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete knows he has Ohio State’s attention as well.


    “Coach Hartline wanted to put a face to the name,” Egbuka told Lettermen Row. “I’m really interested in Ohio State. They are a historic program and develop receivers well. I’ve also had a good talk with Coach Hartline and he said some things that were really good for me to hear.

    “He’s told me that he loves my film and that I would fit in well there at Ohio State.”

    A two-sport star at Steilacoom, Egbuka plans to visit Ohio State for the first time this spring before baseball season kicks in.

    “It’s gonna be March 22 I think,” he said. “That’s a date before the season starts.”
     
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    Emeka Egbuka Shows Interest in Ohio State
    Washington 2021 athlete Emeka Egbuka said his visit to Ohio State on Saturday was his “best visit to date.”

    “My visit was amazing,” Egbuka said. “I really didn’t have too many expectations going in. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it really blew my mind.”

    Egbuka said some of the highlights of the visit was the atmosphere surrounding Student Appreciation Day, Ohio State’ up-tempo style of practice and the ability to connect with other 2021 athletes from the West Coast and not, including California quarterback Miller Moss and California wideout Beaux Collins.

    But what he enjoyed the most in his first visit to Columbus was the opportunity to begin a relationship with Ohio State wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and head coach Ryan Day.

    The beginning of Ohio State’s pursuit of Egbuka began in a slightly unorthodox way. While Egbuka was at the All-American Combine in San Antonio near the beginning of January 2019, Egbuka sent his tape to Hartline and eventually got his number to give the wideouts coach a call.

    “We got to chatting, and he told me the second I stepped onto campus, he would offer me,” Egbuka said. “But the more we talked, the more we really connected. He really didn’t want to wait, so he offered me a scholarship on that call.”

    “Just my interest level in Ohio State,” Egbuka said about why he sent his film to Ohio State. “I don’t know much at the time, but it’s a big-name program, so I sent over my film and told them my interest level in Ohio State.”

    The No. 2 athlete in the country, according to 247Sports, Egbuka said Hartline is one of the keys to his interest in Ohio State. The wideout recalled his conversations with Hartline and said he hasn’t talked to a wide receivers quite like him.

    “Having Coach Hartline there as a wide receivers coach is really big for me,” Egbuka said. “He talks about the game like no other receivers coach I’ve talked to. I really think he can elevate my game to the next level. From here, it’s just building relationships with Coach Hartline and getting to know Coach Day more, see what he’s all about, and hopefully getting down there a couple more times before I take my officials.”

    Egbuka has already looked at the calendar to schedule one of those next visits, as he hopes to visit Columbus again for the Ohio State-Penn State game on Nov, 23.

    The Washington prospect plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Steilacoom High School and recorded 1,492 receiving yards on 72 catches and took 23 for touchdowns. He has totaled 116 catches for 2,300 yards and 36 touchdowns as a freshman and sophomore.

    He said Hartline has had discussions with him about potentially filling the H-back-style role that former Ohio State receiver Parris Campbell will leave behind when he goes to the NFL in April.
     
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    Texas 2022 standout Emeka Megwa, a potential 5-star talent in the rising sophomore class, was at Ohio State on Thursday but did not camp. He has an early Buckeyes offer and spent the day getting to know Tony Alford and the Ohio State campus.
     
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    Uncommitted four-star 2021 ATH Emeka Egbuka plans on taking unofficial visits to Alabama, LSU and Clemson in July.
    Egbuka (6'1/190) does not appear to be particularly close to making a commitment, understandable given how far out he is from actually signing a letter of intent. For now, just poking around, checking out his options. Last month, the explosive athlete -- he has elite potential at receiver -- took an unofficial visit to Stanford. Hailing from Steilacoom, Washington, Egbuka slots onto the 247Sports composite board as the No. 13 overall prospect in the 2021 cycle. You can expect his recruitment to really begin to heat up this coming winter into spring.
     

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