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

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    Uncommitted four-star 2021 ATH Emeka Egbuka has received a scholarship offer from Clemson.
    Egbuka (6'1/190) received his offer less than a week after he revealed plans to visit Clemson, Alabama and LSU unofficially during the month of July. He's already taken an unofficial visit to Stanford, and by the time the talented athlete is ready to pick a school he won't lack for options. Egbuka is the top-ranked athlete in the 2021 class by 247Sports, with the opinion of some being that his future at the college level lies at wide receiver.
     
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    Emeka Egbuka ready to return to Ohio State
    The Buckeyes will host their top 2021 receiver target for the second time this year when Steilacoom (Wash.) standout Emeka Egbuka returns to Columbus next week.

    “I’ll be there for the Wisconsin game,” Egbuka told Lettermen Row on Tuesday. “I’m not sure exactly when I’ll get there yet, though.”

    Egbuka, the nation’s top-ranked athlete in the class of 2021, has the potential to play cornerback or wide receiver in college. But he’s been a major target for wide receivers coach Brian Hartline and the Ohio State offensive staff for much of the last year — and remains a priority at that spot.

    The Buckeyes are one of the schools expected to be among the finalists for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Egbuka who just released his top 10 schools on Twitter.

    Ohio State, Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Stanford and more than 25 other schools have made Egbuka a top choice on the recruiting trail. Now the Buckeyes will get another chance to impress the 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior next week.
     
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    Egbuka includes Buckeyes in top 10
    Emeka Egbuka, listed as the country's No. 1-ranked athlete in 2021, announced his top 10 final schools on Twitter Wednesday evening, and the Buckeyes made the list.



    Egbuka, a junior at Steilacoom (Wash.) High School, confirmed to Eleven Warriors that he will be making an unofficial visit to Ohio State for next weekend's game against Wisconsin.

    That should excite Buckeyes fans, many of whom have asked about Egbuka's recruitment and where Ohio State stands with the 6-foot-1, 190-pound all-world talent who will almost certainly take his 4.42 speed in the 40-yard dash and 35.1-inch vertical and slide into the receivers room at whichever college he chooses to attend – and fill either the slot to go over the middle of the field or the wideout spot as a one-on-one threat up the sidelines.

    But don't start thinking the Buckeyes are anywhere close to sealing the deal with Egbuka. This is a recruitment that's most likely going to stretch out over the course of the next 6-8 months, minimum, as Egbuka takes his time through the process.

    "I don’t think he’s slow playing it on purpose," Steilacoom High School head coach Colby Davie told Eleven Warriors. "I think that’s just kind of how he is. He doesn’t make any rash decisions.

    "He’s just such a thorough kid. He’s gonna do all his research before he’s even close to making a decision."

    So it's likely Egbuka won't make a final decision until later in summer 2020 or in the fall.

    "His timetable on when he’s gonna make a decision, I would say it’s probably gonna be a later deal," Davies said. "I have heard nothing about him wanting to make a decision anytime soon."

    It's hard to blame Egbuka for wanting to put off a decision until after this season. Right now, his 37 catches, 827 yards and 12 touchdowns are leading the fourth-highest scoring offense in the state's 2A class, and he's focused on pushing that offense right into the program's fourth consecutive playoff berth, 18th all-time postseason appearance and perhaps its first state championship game appearance.

    "Catching him in season, the only focus is his team so it’s tough," Davies said. "He’s definitely not the type of kid that loves the recruiting process or trying to get more attention or this or that. It’s just football for him, and he’s pretty focused. ... He’s so focused on our season right now that I think a lot of his decision making is gonna come after this season. During the winter and spring, he’s gonna figure stuff out.

    "I don’t think there’s a timetable yet. Even putting the top 10 list out, I’m not sure if he was even in a hurry to do that, but I think he felt like kind of obligated to say, 'I should probably get this done and allow teams to know' because he’s getting pressure from different places for it."

    For now, that top 10 list will help Egbuka narrows his focus down from his list of 32 offers. Now, he won't have to entertain every single program asking him questions or pushing him to make a visit.

    "It’s not one on one (between Ohio State and Washington). I wouldn’t say that."– Steilacoom High School head coach Colby Davies on Emeka Egbuka's recruitment

    That list includes Washington, Alabama, Clemson, Oregon, USC, Oklahoma, Notre Dame LSU and Stanford as the other top-tier programs Egbuka has his eyes on. It's not abundantly clear, however, where each program ranks in Egbuka's mind this early in the process.

    Davies is very involved with Egbuka's recruiting process. They talk all the time about different fits at certain schools. When each program offers, he doesn't sway Egbuka one way or the other, just giving Egbuka the facts based off what he knows.

    Egbuka still has several places he still wants to visit – including some on his latest top 10 list – and wants to give his due diligence to the process with more research.

    That's why even though many believe his recruitment is lining up to be a one-on-one battle between Ohio State and Washington, Davies believes that's far from the case. It could be a while before such a scenario occurs.

    "It’s not one on one. I wouldn’t say that," Davies said. "I think there’s definitely a mix of teams that are near the top. It’s definitely not down to two schools, that’s for sure. I think every one in the top 10 is gonna be a serious contender, but then there’s also kind of a first tier of 'X' amount of schools.

    "I think everyone in that top 10 he’s talked about pretty frequently and have left a good impression or he’s maintained a solid relationship with their coaching staff."

    Egbuka is one of Brian Hartline's biggest targets in the junior class, as he could easily fit into a receivers room that would be even more stacked with his arrival.

    He remains atop Ohio State's recruiting board as one of its top targets. The Buckeyes will still be successful without him. They have enough talent that if they see Egbuka go elsewhere, it's not going to be too detrimental to the future offense.

    But it's still hard to not make bringing Egbuka onto campus a high priority, as he could bring an instant dynamic impact to the 2021 Buckeyes.

    You can read more tomorrow about Egbuka's growth as a player, Ryan Day's impressive recruitment of him, where he would fit in with the Buckeyes and whether or not the high-level 2020 receivers class will make an impact on Egbuka's decision at Eleven Warriors.
     
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    Buckeyes fighting hard for Emeka Egbuka
    The biggest visitor at Ohio State this weekend not named Jack Miller had to be 2021 5-star athlete Emeka Egbuka, who traveled from the Seattle area to Columbus on Friday. Egbuka then spent a day-and-a-half with the Buckeyes coaching staff and team along with his mother, who accompanied him on the visit.

    Egbuka was heading home on Sunday, so thoughts from him directly aren’t yet available. But I did have a chance to talk to a few sources around the Ohio State program to get their feelings on where things stand after Egbuka’s second trip to Ohio State and moving forward.

    First, I’m told the Buckeyes generally feel very good about their current standing with the 6-foot-1, 190-pound player, and that has been the case for a while. There’s a belief that right now the relationship receivers coach Brian Hartline has with Egbuka is better than any relationship he has with any other coach. Ohio State knows, however, that there are hurdles in this recruitment that aren’t going to be easy to overcome — with distance from home being the largest one.

    That said, Egbuka has traveled for visits and appears to be at least seriously considering the opportunities that exist for him outside of the West Coast. Ohio State and Clemson, according to the people I’ve spoken with, are battling Washington and Stanford. The belief is that the battle among those four schools is likely to continue for a while now.

    The country’s top-ranked 2021 athlete released his top-10 schools recently, and it’s too early to suggest the list is narrowing. But it seems likely to come down to those four previously-mentioned programs.

    Lettermen Row is hoping to catch up more with Egbuka himself after he arrives back home and will update his thoughts on the trip whenever that happens.
     
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    Emeka Egbuka breaks down return visit to Ohio State
    On Sunday afternoon, Lettermen Row tried to provide a breakdown of the big visit to Ohio State by 5-star wide receiver prospect Emeka Egbuka. That version of events was, for all intent and purposes, the view from the Buckeyes side of things.

    Now, what about Egbuka? What was the visit like for him?

    “The visit was just to experience an Ohio State game day,” the 6-foot-1, 200-pound junior told Lettermen Row. “It was good to be back in Columbus. To see what an Ohio State game day is like and the atmosphere that surrounds the place. It was great to see.

    “I mean, to beat an opponent of that caliber sort of easily? It was pretty impressive. It was good to see how the receivers helped on the day — even with all of the rain and they still contributed.”

    Egbuka spent the majority of his day hanging out with Ohio State verbal commits Jack Sawyer, Jayden Ballard and Reid Carrico. But he also spent more time hanging out with North Carolina 5-star target Will Shipley, a player who is considering many of the same schools he is.

    The biggest thing for Egbuka and his mother, though was the opportunity to spend more quality time with the Buckeyes coaching staff. The trip was filled with the standard meet-and-greet full of platitudes and pleasantries, but it was more than that. It was a chance for Ohio State to reinforce what it has been telling the Steilacoom (Wash.) standout for months: He’s the guy at receiver in 2021.

    “It is definitely important to me where I rank on the wide receiver board,” Egbuka said. “To know I’m the guy they are coming after the hardest makes me think they can really develop me the right way.”

    What happens from here? Egbuka will begin working on narrowing his list of top schools from the 10 that it currently consists of now.

    “I’ll probably narrowing down my list at the end of my season,” he said. “I’m getting closer to a decision.”
     
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    EGBUKA GETS FEEL FOR COLUMBUS GAME DAY
    I wrote at length about Emeka Egbuka last week and again earlier today so I'm sorry if this is going to feel like Emeka overload but we're here to talk about the star receiver talent once again.

    Frankly, it's kind of hard not to discuss the Buckeyes' No. 1 receiver target on their board. After all, that was one of the main bullet points the coaching staff confirmed with Egbuka during his visit to Columbus this weekend – that he's Ohio State's guy, and they're going to "come after me hard."

    But the other key reason Egbuka, who told Eleven Warriors he "loves everything about Columbus," and his mother came to the Buckeyes' matchup with Wisconsin for was to get a feel for a game day in the Shoe. Despite the rain-soaked Saturday, the weather didn't dampen the experience for Egbuka – in fact, it may have even felt like home for the Pacific Northwest native.

    "In a way (the weather) actually made it more fun," Egbuka said. "It was a diverse environment, and here in Washington we’re used to the rain, so we brought it with us a little bit. But to see them playing in those conditions and still come out on top, have a good game and have fun while doing it, it was good to see."

    Egbuka spent his time in the stands watching how the Ohio State receivers helped throughout the game, despite the rain, and how they "got things going for them offensively. It was good to see that."

    Egbuka said his mother, meanwhile, was able to get even closer with the Ohio State coaches.

    "My mom likes a lot of things about Ohio State too," Egbuka said. "She’s really close with the coaching staff. She’s grateful for the coaches they have there, and she knows that if I end up going there that they’re gonna take good care of me."

    It's an important item to note that despite the distance – which Egbuka says won't be a factor in his college decision – his mother would be more than fine with him coming to Ohio State.

    (Side note: Apparently, fellow star Washington receiver Gee Scott Jr.'s father – a Seattle resident – doesn't have any issues with the distance either.)

    By all accounts, Egbuka's visit this weekend sounds like it went terrific, but he said no specific differences stand out between Ohio State's game day atmosphere and Washington's – which is the only other school he has visited for a game day this season, having gone to the Huskies' matchup with USC on Sept. 28.

    "They're definitely different environments," Egbuka said. "Football is kind of a different feel out there in those bigger schools, but I’ve been to multiple Washington game days since my freshman year. There are definitely similarities and differences in their college game days, but the mindset of the different coaching staffs and the players is all the same. They’re all just looking to get the W."

    So what's next for Egbuka?

    Though he says he hasn't confirmed anything official yet, he says his next game day visit would be Oklahoma if he has time this season.

    Then, he will work on officially narrowing down his top 10 list, though he may already have an idea of who fits where on that list.

    "I’ve kind of had (the list narrowed down) in my own head, but I’m just giving the other coaches opportunities and stuff like that," Egbuka said. "Just kind of taking it slow and at my own pace and releasing it when I’m ready."

    Though Egbuka says he doesn't find the recruiting process too stressful, it hasn't exactly been enjoyable, either.

    Though many recruits put exact dates or a timeline (e.g. "I want to commit at the end of my junior season or the summer before my senior year.") on their decision date, the 2021 star is not going that route, instead saying he will commit "just whenever it feels right. When it does feel right, I’m not gonna waste any time because there’s no reason to.

    "I don’t feel like putting a timeline on it. It’s just whenever I feel comfortable and ready, and my family and I we’re all on the same page and my coaches too. We’re all on the same page."

    EGBUKA, SHIPLEY MEET

    Much of Egbuka's time on Saturday was spent chatting with five-star 2021 running back target Will Shipley, the No. 1-ranked junior all-purpose back in the nation.

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    Will Shipley, the country's No. 1-ranked all-purpose back in 2021, visited Ohio State for the game against Wisconsin.


    Shipley and Egbuka are looking at many of the same schools – including Ohio State, Clemson, Stanford and Notre Dame – and this gave each of them a chance to talk shop. But that didn't mean diving into detail about the hectic side of their respective recruitments.

    "That was our first time meeting each other, but we stay connected through social media and stuff like that," Egbuka said. "But we weren’t talking about necessarily the recruiting process too much or where we think each other wants to go. We were just kind of chopping it up, getting to know each other and talking about the possibility of maybe playing together one day."
     
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    EGBUKA, TEAMMATE SHARE MVP HONORS
    Ohio State's top receiver recruit in the 2021 class is Emeka Egbuka, who's listed as the No. 1-ranked junior athlete, and he was recently honored with the state of Washington's South Puget Sound League's Co-MVP award along with his teammate and quarterback Chance McDonald.

    Egbuka, in just three seasons, has amassed 3,441 career receiving yards with 59 touchdowns on 165 receptions. This year, he has hauled in 49 catches for 1,141 yards and 16 touchdowns for an average of 23.3 yards per catch and 126.8 yards per game. Absurd numbers.

    Shoutout to Jon Manley of the Tacoma News-Tribune for detailing those numbers and Egbuka's thoughts on each of his final top 10 schools.
     
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