This is getting ridiculous.
Brian Hartline may have received a raise and promotion to passing game coordinator in the offseason, but with his recent wide receiver recruiting streak, he may be in line for another raise before too long.
On Monday, Carnell Tate joined Ohio State’s recruiting class. Tuesday was Brandon Inniss’s turn. On Wednesday, Noah Rogers pulled the trigger and gave the Buckeyes three top-50 wide receivers in the same draft cycle, all in a span of just three days.
Hartline’s recruiting stats have now gotten even more ridiculous, with Ohio State getting 14 wide receivers in the top 100 in the past five draft cycles, double the next closest team. The Buckeyes also lead the nation among the top 50 wide receivers during the same period with seven, with Alabama second on that list with four.
In the countryside
At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, Rogers has never been afraid of a jump shot in his life. The long wide receiver displays tremendous skill and athleticism in getting up and catching passes against any defense that gets in his way, making him dangerous as both a deep ball and red zone target.
Rogers lines up primarily as an outside receiver for Rolesville High School (Rolesville, North Carolina) and figures to profile there at the college level. While he has great size and structure, he also has decent speed for someone his size, running a 40-yard dash in about 4.5 seconds.
Rogers withstands press coverage well and excels at creating separation for defensive backs, regardless of the man of the game or the zone against him. His road running is exceptional, and Rogers has a good sense of when his quarterback needs him to get back on the ball. His targeting window is wide, as he can often secure wide shots if they are in the general vicinity of his direction. He doesn’t shy away from contact and will commit to the catch even if he feels an opposing defender is going to hit him.
In his frame, Rogers can be an effective blocker on outside runs, and is shown in the film to be very willing to assist in blocking runs. His third-year stats speak for themselves, as he caught 70 passes for 1,432 yards and 22 receiving touchdowns, averaging 20.5 receiving yards. He also had five carries for 15 yards and a rushing touchdown.
In the class
With Rogers now in the fold, Ohio State now has four wide receivers committed to the class of 2023, also including four-star Florida wide receiver Bryson Rodgers, who committed to Ohio State in April.
Ohio State’s recruiting class remains second in 247Sports’ composite team recruiting rankings after Rogers’ commitment, but is less than four points behind catching Notre Dame for the top spot. Ohio State now has two five-star, 10 four-star and one three-star recruits for the 2023 cycle.
Rogers becomes the fourth North Carolina player to commit to Ohio State in the past five draft cycles, as the Buckeyes also signed running back Evan Pryor (2021), defensive lineman Jacolbe Cowan (2020) and defensive tackle Jaden McKenzie (2019).
Rogers would probably be the crown jewel wide receiver of the recruiting class of all but a small handful of colleges nationally, but crazy enough, the North Carolina wide receiver may actually be slightly underrated by fans of Ohio State, only in the sense that Ohio State got two top-ranked wide receivers. than he at Tate and Inniss.
The Buckeyes’ wide receiver recruiting has ended for the current cycle, and they will focus on other needs this summer. While Ohio State thought highly of California four-star wide receiver Rico Flores Jr., who was scheduled to make an official visit to Columbus this weekend, there simply isn’t room for him in the class anymore, which it probably means he’s headed to Notre Dama.