Ohio State '22 GA TE (RS SO) - Bennett Christian

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    BENNETT CHRISTIAN
    In addition to Gosnell and Staes, Christian was the third tight end prospect to be offered in mid-June, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound rising junior from Georgia added the Buckeyes to his list of a dozen offers that includes Penn State, Tennessee, Michigan State and Kentucky.

    Christian told Eleven Warriors that he speaks “every week” with Wilson and Ohio State executive director of football relations Tim Hinton, and he talks with Day “every once in a while.”

    “They’ve been good (conversations). We’re really just checking in every week and seeing how we’re both doing,” Christian said. “Over the weeks, as I keep getting to know them, I continue to like them more and more. They’re great people. Really enjoy talking to them every week!”

    Again, Ohio State is known for not using its tight ends often in the passing game, but it’s still a program Christian is drawn to as he learns more and dissects other players at his position with Wilson.

    “Recently, we have been watching a lot of film via Zoom, and I’ve got to see what I’d do as a tight end in that offense. It’s really attractive,” Christian said. “They seem to be using tight ends a lot more from the practice scrimmages we watched. I like the route tree they run and also how they’re used in the blocking game. I think it’s right up my alley.”

    Visiting Ohio State is a priority for Christian, and he is looking to make a trip to Columbus as soon as he can, though everything is of course on hold until the recruiting dead period is lifted.
     
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    CHRISTIAN BREAKS DOWN TOP THREE
    As a quick refresher that we’ve hit on dozens of times – after the Buckeyes’ plans of bringing in two tight ends to the 2020 class went by the wayside, that plan was moved to the 2021 cycle.

    That plan could still be in place, as we’ve been told the coaching staff is still recruiting tight ends to bring alongside Sam Hart in 2021, but after Hudson Wolfe’s commitment to Tennessee, it increased the likelihood Ohio State will wait to bring in two tight ends until 2022.

    In that class, the Buckeyes have already offered four tight ends. The top two targets are Donovan Green (ranked No. 72 overall, No. 1 at the position and No. 14 in Texas) and Benji Gosnell (ranked No. 248 overall, No. 10 at the position and No. 8 in North Carolina).

    In addition to Atlanta’s Holden Staes, however, another top target at the position from Georgia is Allatoona High School’s Bennett Christian.

    We caught up with Christian, Green and Gosnell earlier this month, but Wednesday brought with it a bigger update for Christian. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end, who does not yet have a composite ranking but is rated as a three-star by 247Sports, released a list of top-three schools that features Ohio State, Penn State and Tennessee.

    Christian told Eleven Warriors why each school made his final list, including some family connections to the Volunteers and Nittany Lions.

    Ohio State: “The main reason is because they’re such a winning program. I really love Coach (Kevin) Wilson. All the coaching staff up there is amazing. It’s really one of those schools I’m interested in going to down the road. It’s one of those schools where I’d have a really good chance at winning a national championship and getting that ring there. There’s that winning aspect but not only that, the coaching staff is amazing. Just the feel of Ohio State football is it’s really a family thing. I’ve gotten the vibe of that recently. So now that I’m getting closer to making a decision, that’s one of those schools I might go with moving forward.

    “Really, from the start of my conversations with Coach Wilson and the staff there, they said, ‘Bennett, listen, man. We’ve got about five guys in your class,’ and they said, in our opinion, you’re our favorite right now. Truly, it’s because I can do both in catching and blocking. That’s what they really like about me is I can block and run routes. That’s the main thing is how I’m really complete.”

    Tennessee: “My dad played (as a defensive end) there under Coach (Johnny) Majors in the 70s, and my mom was a two-time All-American cheerleader there. Outside of those connections, it was the relationships I have with the coaches. I love the offense they run up there, and I could see myself fitting in there pretty well. Really, I love the fans. The fans are awesome, and it was just one of those things where you can feel the connections.”

    Penn State: “My uncle played (as a defensive end) at Penn State a little bit before my dad did. I have a lot of family that are Big Ten fans. Coach (Tyler) Bowen is awesome. Penn State is also one of those really, really good tight end schools, and they can really develop the tight end.”

    Christian has never made a visit to Ohio State or Columbus, but he says he and his family are planning on getting up there soon on their own dime for a campus tour, without being in contact with any of the coaches.

    “I’m getting up there soon,” Christian said. “We were just talking about that, actually. What we’re gonna do is head up there with my dad, view campus and just see for myself how I could fit in and just get an overall campus feel of where I’d be staying. I’m planning on doing that within the next month, and I’m gonna do that with Penn State and Tennessee within the next two months.”

    As for a decision date, Christian doesn’t have one. Instead, he’s just taking the process as it comes.

    “It could be any time,” he said of a decision date. “It could either be tomorrow or a year from now. Whenever I know, I’ll know, and I’ll make the decision then.”
     
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