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

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  1. AZBuckeye

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    Oh man... I completely forgot about this kid!

    Him with this year's recruiting class is insane. Hartline is next level
     
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    Emeka Egbuka of Steilacoom (Wash.) had a monster junior campaign on both sides of the ball for the 2A state runner-ups and is this year's MaxPreps Junior High School Football Player of the Year.

    He had 83 receptions for 1,607 yards and 25 touchdowns to go with eight interceptions on defense. The 5-star athlete also had five scores on the ground.

    Egbuka is one of five first- or second-team players selected from the Evergreen State.

    AP — Emeka Egbuka, Steilacoom (Steilacoom, Wash.), 6-1, 190
    The MaxPreps' Junior of the Year made a big-time impact on all three phases.
     
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    HONORABLE MENTION: EMEKA EGBUKA, ATH
    Ohio State has plenty of receivers for the foreseeable future, which is the only reason Egbuka finds himself in the honorable mention category.

    You already know about the historic 2020 receivers class, and the Jayden Ballard/Marvin Harrison Jr. combo for 2021 gives the Buckeyes a six-man group over that two-year span that should be as good as any the Big Ten will see over the next several years.

    But for Ohio State, recruiting is not about solely creating classes that win Big Ten championships. This is about creating a top-two or top-three national class that puts the types of players on the field that beat Clemson and Alabama.

    Seeing what Egbuka can do on the field is remarkable, and that's what makes the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Egbuka (listed as the country's No. 1-ranked athlete in the country because he could probably also be a terrific cornerback if he wanted to focus on defense) so valuable in the 2021 class.

    Egbuka can do it all, and he looks versatile enough to fill the X, Z or slot position in Ohio State's offense. He's got the hands, route running, acceleration, fluid footwork and the brains to fit in perfectly wherever he goes. If CJ Stroud ends up winning the quarterback battle down the road, it's not hard to picture him running out of the pocket and Egbuka separating himself from a defender and cashing in on the scramble drill.

    Egbuka is the type of player that would put the Buckeyes' receivers class over the top.

    From Egbuka: “I’m really looking for a place that’s gonna develop me as a football player and as a person, and the profession I’m aiming for is obviously to play in the NFL. But after that, if I’m able to become a collegiate coach, that’s what I really wanna get into. Academics are still really important (in my college decision), but a lot of it’s about the connections as well. ... (Ohio State has) a huge alumni network so there’s obviously a lot of connections and just being able to start out in a role like a (graduate assistant) like a lot of them have and get taken under the wing of someone like Coach (Brian) Hartline – it could be really beneficial.”

    “My mom likes a lot of things about Ohio State too. 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.”

    “I don’t feel like putting a timeline on (my commitment). 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.”

    Others in serious contention: Clemson, Washington ... Egbuka took an unofficial visit to Ohio State for the Buckeyes' win over Wisconsin in October, and he plans on taking official visits to Ohio State and Clemson. The Steilacoom (Wash.) High School star most likely won't take an official visit to Washington, but that's because the school is so close and he's visited so often already. This is shaping up to be a three-team race, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see any of them win out here. At this point, it's great news for the Buckeyes that they are in the final heat with a player of this caliber.

    Other high-caliber targets at his position*: Beaux Collins
     
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    EGBUKA WILL TAKE OV TO OHIO STATE
    Grimes is not the only five-star player who would add an incredible splash to the Buckeyes’ 2021 class.

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    Emeka Egbuka – the country’s No. 10-ranked player and No. 1-ranked athlete who will be a receiver in college – has had Ohio State high on his list for a long time, ever since Brian Hartline and Ryan Day entered the Steilacoom High School hallways during Egubka’s sophomore season as they continue an attempt at prying the doors open to a pipeline to the state of Washington.

    Over the weekend, Egbuka gave Eleven Warriors a brief update of his recruitment, telling us, “I haven’t planned any visits as of right now. I will take an official to Ohio State. Not sure if it will be my next visit or not.”

    The Washington Huskies continue to make a strong push for Egbuka, perhaps an even stronger one ever since Jimmy Lake was announced as Chris Petersen’s replacement as head coach. It’s widely believed that Egbuka’s recruitment will come down to Washington, Clemson and Ohio State, and that’s what we believe as well.

    When asked to compare Ohio State and Clemson, Egbuka said, “Both of them are different programs and are special in their own way. They just both want me to come be a part of something special.”
     
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    “RELENTLESS WORKER” MEGWA LOOKS TO VISIT OSU THIS SPRING
    Emeka Egbuka isn’t the only highly talented Emeka being heavily recruited by Ohio State at a skill position.

    Nolan Catholic (Texas) running back Emeka Megwa is a 6-foot, 200-pounder in the 2022 class who, by 247Sports’ lone rankings, is listed the nation’s No. 85 overall player and No. 12 running back and Texas’ No. 8 player in the sophomore class.

    Ohio State has taken notice of Megwa’s ability, and Tony Alford has him as one of the top targets at the position in the sophomore cycle. Alford and Day visited Nolan Catholic and the program’s head coach David Beaudin during the last week of the January contact period.

    “He knows and has a great relationship with Tony Alford,” Beaudin told Eleven Warriors. “He has also gotten to know Corey Dennis and thinks very highly of Ryan Day. They love his leadership abilities, how he is a team-first guy who is obviously a freak of nature physically, but more importantly a blue-collar guy who works extremely hard and is extremely coachable.

    “They are impressed with his maturity and character. Physically, they like his size, but are impressed with his fluidity at that size. They know that he is an amazing young man off the field.”

    As Ohio State continues looking to add quality character to its program among its top-tier recruits, Megwa seems to be one who would fit right in.

    “He is extremely intelligent in all areas, on and off the field,” Beaudin said. “On the field, he has a high football IQ and handles things in protection that are far beyond his years. Emeka is a relentless worker, doesn't let all of the praise and accolades get to his head, is grounded, comes from an amazing family, and will have zero off-the-field problems. I love him like a son.”

    As for what Megwa loves about Ohio State, Beaudin says Megwa “loves the culture, the history of great RBs, the coaches, the tradition and the education.”

    Megwa and his mother visited Ohio State last June, when the two spent extensive time with Alford, touring the facilities, finding out more information about the school itself and beginning to build a relationship with Alford.

    Megwa is only a sophomore, but his recruitment will soon pick up steam as he schedules visits for the spring and summer. As of now, Beaudin says Megwa is unsure of when and where he will be taking his next few visits, but Columbus is one of the main places he wants to visit.

    “I know he wants to visit Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State soon and is going to try to hit those three this spring,” Beaudin said. “He is planning on visiting again but doesn’t have an exact date yet.”
     
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    Emeka Egbuka position changed, talent displayed
    For the majority of the last year, Steilacoom (Wash.) 5-star prospect Emeka Egbuka was ranked as an athlete, a nod to his elite athleticism and to the fact that some schools were recruiting the 6-foot-1, 190-pound standout as a defensive back while others viewed him as a wide receiver.

    Ohio State and its receivers coach, Brian Hartline, never wavered on how they viewed Egbuka and it appears the rest of the country has finally caught up. Egbuka, who has been a Top 10 prospect regardless of position for a year now, is now ranked exclusively as a receiver and to no surprise, his first ranking is right at the top of the list.

    He’s now the country’s No. 1-ranked wide receiver according to 247Sports.com and its composite ranking. This weekend, at the Pylon 7-on-7 National Tournament, Egbuka put that new ranking on display and — at least through the first day of the event — has backed up his new position.
     
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    EGBUKA DROPS FINAL FOUR
    After not hearing a ton of updates straight from five-star prospect Emeka Egbuka ever since the Steilacoom (Wash.) High School star dropped a top-10 list in the fall, the nation’s No. 1-ranked receiver officially gave a public recruiting update on Friday night.

    Egbuka released a final-four list, consisting of Ohio State, Washington, Clemson and Oklahoma as the last programs under consideration in his recruitment.

    It’s not at all a surprise to see those four programs on his list. Ohio State has done probably the best job of creating early, sustainable relationships with him via Brian Hartline and Ryan Day each making in-person visits to him during his sophomore year. That early relationship getting built was one of the driving forces in the Buckeyes firmly getting their foot in the door. And the other three programs have made solid inroads with Egbuka over the last year.

    What is surprising, however, is that Stanford has been dropped from his list of contenders. Other than the Buckeyes being on the list themselves, of course, that is the most noteworthy takeaway from the list being dropped – since we were very confident the other three would be on that list.

    Academics are of extremely vital importance for both Egbuka – a near 4.0 GPA student at Steilacoom – and his parents, who both hold Master's degrees. Stanford looked to be a rising contender in Egbuka’s recruitment, but it seems as if the Cardinal will now have to bow out of the race.

    Going forward, from an Ohio State perspective, getting Egbuka and his father on campus is of utmost importance. I don’t believe a commitment is around the corner, despite the heavy amount of Crystal Ball predictions for Egbuka to join the Buckeyes, until he gets back on campus for the first time since October, when Egbuka made the visit to Columbus with his mother.

    As for the academic recruiting pitch, Ohio State might be approaching Egbuka’s recruitment in a similar vein as it did with Tunmise Adeleye.

    In April, Adeleye told Eleven Warriors the following: “Emeka’s half-Nigerian. I know Emeka, just the Nigerian connection we have, once my dad starts talking with his dad, it’s gonna be set. … Nigerians are very academic-oriented people. His dad, I already know how his dad’s looking at the recruiting process. It’s the same way my dad was. He wants to know that I’m gonna be set up in the best possible situation academically. Whatever I wanna study, I can study. Whatever I wanna achieve, I can achieve.

    “He wanted to know that there’s an alumni base that can back me once I’m out of college. Ohio State checks all those boxes. He knew that what they can bring to me and off the field was elite. So he was all in on the decision. So I know that once he sits down with Emeka’s dad and really talks with him and they form that kind of friendship, I know it’s a done deal.”

    As we’ve said plenty of times in the past, one of Ohio State’s biggest recruiting tools is peer-to-peer recruiting. Perhaps, in this case, parent-to-parent recruiting could be a factor. Adeleye seems to feel pretty confident that could be the case.

    “He’s already been to Ohio State once. He likes it,” Adeleye said. “But it’s really gonna be up to how his dad feels about it. I’m gonna let it play out and see where he wants to take things. It’s not my recruitment. It’s his recruitment. He’s entitled to do whatever he wants. I just know that once my dad sits down with his dad, if they get the opportunity, it’s a done deal.”
     
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    Would love to land him. What do you think our chances are obj?
     
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    The Ohio State chase of Emeka Egbuka
    We wrote about the recruitment of Emeka Egbuka last week and went into the battle Ohio State finds itself in for the country’s No. 1-ranked 2021 receiver.

    Two days later, Egbuka announced his final four schools, and while those two items aren’t related, it’s another sign that things are tightening up for the 5-star wideout and his ultimate college decision.

    What we wrote made mention that one school — Stanford — had been of major concern to Ohio State sources over the last few months. The fact that the Cardinal didn’t make the list should be considered a plus for the Buckeyes, without question. It was never a matter of Stanford being the school that Egbuka preferred, but some parts of the young star’s family wanted him to weigh that opportunity differently. With the Cardinal out of the picture, the idea that there is a lead for Ohio State in this recruitment gains important clarity.

    Now that challenge becomes getting clarity on everything else. There is no timeline for a decision for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Egbuka, and there are no plans for official visits to the schools that remain in the mix.

    If a decision needed to be made today, I believe Ohio State would be the choice. How that translates into the current recruiting situation is anyone’s guess, but as more and more players make earlier-than-expected decisions, it’s likely that Egbuka will have to sit down and sort out his priorities moving forward.

     

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