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

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    EGBUKA PROVIDES UPDATE
    As part of the most recent episode of the 247Sports Football Recruiting Podcast this week, five-star receiver Emeka Egbuka spoke with analyst Brandon Huffman about his strong relationship with Ryan Day.

    When Eleven Warriors spoke with Egbuka in the fall about his relationship with Day – one that he says began with a visit from Day to Steilacoom (Wash.) High School in either December 2018 or January 2019 after his semester as a sophomore – he told us about the positive beginnings of that relationship, saying that it was growing stronger by talking with Day each week. (And his relationship with Brian Hartline was growing stronger talking with him just about every day.)

    With Huffman, Egbuka reiterated some of the things he loves about both coaches, especially Day.

    “I love Coach Day. He’s a really good guy,” Egbuka told Huffman. “Offensive-type mindset. Aggressive style of play, which I’m very fond of – airing out the ball and getting a lot of receivers in the mix. Even though they’re deep at receiver there, the role that they want me to play is something they don’t have a receiver for.”

    What exact role that is Egbuka did not go into further specifics during that interview, but that role is one of the Buckeyes’ pitches to him. And we can deduce what role that will be from having spoken extensively with Egbuka and Colby Davies, his head coach at Steilacoom, in the past. Davies’ explanation of Hartline’s vision essentially would put Egbuka as a Swiss Army Knife on offense who can be used in the slot or on the outside because of his unique skillset.

    “Coach Hartline has definitely made it clear to Emeka how he was going to fit into their system and their offense,” Davies told Eleven Warriors previously. “I know Emeka sees that and likes that there’s a plan in place and a vision for what he can do.

    “When the coaches come over, I think the film jumps out and they know he’s got the physical ability. And I know Coach Hartline has talked to Emeka about where he sees him as a fit in the receiving corps, and I think Coach Hartline has talked to him in the past about being able to be versatile and being inside and outside. Even playing more primarily slot stuff.”

    Going back to Egbuka’s relationship with Day, on Wednesday, we ran a story about the impact Day’s personal touch is having on recruits across the country. It’s not exactly rare for a head coach to be as involved in the day-to-day operations of recruiting as Day apparently is and for the head coach to spend as much time talking with recruits as much as Day does.

    Day is, after all, in just his second year on the job as the Buckeyes’ head coach, and there’s probably a factor weighing in pretty heavily for Day that he needs to be on the frontlines as often as possible while he’s in the beginning stages of building his own program.

    It’s not the same situation for every program in the country. For instance, Egbuka told Huffmann in that interview that he does not talk to Dabo Swinney that often, as the communication between Egbuka and the Clemson coaching staff mostly takes place between Egbuka and receivers coach Tyler Grisham.

    Not at all trying to take a shot here at Swinney. For those who have been reading my work here long enough know very well, I have major respect for Clemson and what Swinney has been able to build there, and the Tigers have earned the title of Ohio State’s No. 1 rival on the recruiting trail.

    But I still do find it interesting that Swinney is not on the phone with the No. 1-ranked receiver in the country as often as we might think he would be.

    Egbuka is down to a final-four list of Ohio State, Clemson, Washington and Oklahoma. And as we reported on June 1 after speaking with a couple sources on the matter, Egbuka is unlikely to make a decision anytime soon, and that decision would likely not be until at least August (at the earliest), but October is the likelier month.

    Egbuka himself put more confidence into that sort of timeline by telling Huffman that the month of August could be “huge” in determining his decision timeline, saying that if visits are allowed in August that he may elect to take an official visit each weekend that month. He also said he is unlikely to wait all the way until January to commit, with the intent to sign with a program in December.

     
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    Still feel Ohio State is in the driver's seat here...............long way to go however......
     
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    Would love to get him that’s for sure.
     
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    IMPACT OF WILLIAMS’ COMMITMENT

    Andrew dove into five-star quarterback Caleb Williams’ commitment to Oklahoma earlier today and how his pledge to the Sooners could affect Ohio State’s recruitment of five-star receiver Emeka Egbuka.

    Oklahoma being a legitimate opponent to the Buckeyes in Egbuka’s recruitment is something that Andrew and I disagree on a bit, as he believes the Sooners don’t pose as much of a threat to Ohio State as I do.

    We do agree, however, that the Buckeyes remain in the driver’s seat, with Kyle McCord and Co. continuing to maintain and build a good relationship with the Steilacoom (Wash.) receiver, and Egbuka’s relationships with Brian Hartline and the rest of the Ohio State coaches solidifies their standing further.

    I still believe Washington poses the bigger threat for Egbuka at this stage, but I believe Oklahoma has put itself into No. 3 in this race and has the ability to move up, especially if he's able to visit.

    Now that Williams is in the fold, it gives the Sooners an extra chip to play – although they have most likely been playing that chip for a while, as Williams' impending pledge to Oklahoma has been known by Egbuka and his camp for a while.

    Egbuka and McCord maintain a solid relationship, but I think Williams going to Oklahoma is of consequence here. First, of course, Egbuka and his family need to make a trip to Oklahoma, as it’s the only school in his final four that he has not visited yet.

    As I reported on June 1, I still think we’re looking at an extended timeline on an Egbuka decision either way, as he remains patient and looks to take official visits to schools.

     
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    Oklahoma continues push for Ohio State target Emeka Egbuka
    The Buckeyes have prioritized 5-star wide receiver Emeka Egbuka since the Steilacoom (Wash.) High School two-sport standout first visited campus in March of 2019. That trip firmly established Ohio State as a leader in his recruitment, and since then it’s been a slow burn between the Buckeyes and the country’s No. 1-ranked receiver. He visited Columbus for a second time last October and had both a spring visit and summer visit scheduled for this year, including an official visit in June.

    Those trips didn’t happen, obviously. That has turned out to be unfortunate for Ohio State because the widespread belief has been that if Egbuka made those trips, he’d likely be committed to the program by now. But instead, it seems the real intriguing part of his recruitment is still ahead of us.

    Oklahoma, which seemed kind of like a last-minute, surprise addition to Egbuka’s final-four school’s list, has been making a really strong push for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete. That push has been led on a peer-to-peer level by 5-star quarterback Caleb Williams. According to one source in Columbus, Williams has done a “really good job, a really good job” in his efforts to chip away at the lead Brian Hartline and Ohio State have established.

    Egbuka has never visited Oklahoma, but in recent weeks there’s been a groundswell of optimism emanating from Norman that he would do that “very soon.” A tweet by Williams on Wednesday night perhaps shed a bit more light on exactly what that means.

    Since college football recruiting remains in an extended dead period of unknown length, the speculation has been that Egbuka may be forced to make his desired campus visits on his own — meaning without the chance to meet with coaches. Now the Sooners Summit concept seems to indicate that Williams and other Oklahoma commits and targets intend to be there at the same time, effectively using the campus and town of Norman as a meeting ground.

    That’s an interesting idea, something similar to what Denzel Burke suggested that Buckeyes commits had been tossing around. If it does happen and Egbuka or J.T. Tuimoloau make that trip, then things could very interesting in these recruitments. Of course, that’s if these sort of visits are actually permissible — and that remains in doubt. The NCAA has very recently announced an interpretation related to unofficial visits that suggests the idea may not be allowed.

    “The question was whether or not it would [be] permissible for a prospective student-athlete to visit campus on their own,” the release said. “And then make a video call [FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.] to a coach who would essentially give them a virtual campus tour. The NCAA determined that this would not be permissible at this time during the dead period.

    “Coaches and staff are not able to set up or facilitate a prospect’s trip to campus during a recruiting dead period.”

    So, is Oklahoma able to do this under the guise that the coaches aren’t responsible for arranging the trip? Is there a loophole by suggesting that current Sooners players with a pre-existing relationship with one of those players giving the tours changes the interpretation of the rule? I guess we’ll see.

    There’s another wrinkle in play here that could also add a layer of intrigue. The state of Washington announced earlier this week that it would be moving football to the spring, putting Egbuka and other players in the state in a position where they’d have to choose between skipping their senior seasons to enroll early or abandoning their plans to get to college in January. This tweet by Egbuka on Wednesday night could be a hint as to which direction he’s leaning, and if he decides not to enroll early his recruitment could stretch into February or later.

    Egbuka has been adamant that he’ll make no decisions until he’s able to get back to the schools he’s interested in again, and that includes Ohio State. The problem here is figuring when he would be able to do that if the NCAA doesn’t allow on-campus recruiting again for 2021 prospects. That’s why, despite a long-time lead in his recruitment, there is a sense that things are getting a little less comfortable for the Buckeyes than they’ve been before. He’s been to Ohio State twice, so if he and his family are paying out of pocket for a trip to a college campus just to see it, it probably makes more sense for that to be in Oklahoma. It’s just going to be a little unsettling for the folks in Columbus, especially if both parents make the trip to Norman as is being speculated.

    Bottom line? Stay tuned, because the fight for Emeka Egbuka isn’t going to be for the feint of heart.
     
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