November 26, 2022

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Mark Fletcher breaks up from Ohio

Ohio State lost its sole commitment to running back in the class of 2023.

Four-star Florida is on the decline Mark Fletcher I came out of Ohio State on Wednesday night, as the 6-foot-1, 225-pound back bruising flirted with other schools like Florida and Miami. He becomes the second player out of OSU this cycle, joining the cornerback team Dijon Johnson.

Fletcher Committed to OSU on April 16and as other South Florida Express players continue to enter the class of 2023 such as Brandon EnnisAnd the Carnell Tate And the Cedric HawkinsIt certainly seemed like the Buckeyes were on their way to building a small pipeline of recruiting employees from Florida. But the lure of staying close to home was too good to pass up for Fletcher, and there have been reports alleging potential deals in Florida may be spurred on by potential zero-sum deals.

With Fletcher decommitted, Ohio State has now reduced to 20 commitments in the 2023 recruiting class. After committing Fletcher to OSU in the spring, the Buckeyes were content only to run again in the 2023 cycle. With his sudden departure, the Buckeyes now have several options.

It’s not as if Ohio State isn’t prepared for this situation, as it has already been reaching out to several runners about possibly visiting Ohio State University on November 26, such as 247 sports reported This week’s five star ratings are going down Reuben Owens Contacted by Ohio State. Five-Star Alabama Obliges Judge Haynes He is another longtime prospect interested by the Buckeyes, though flopping him seems like a tall order even as a five-star running back. Richard Young in the Crimson Tide’s recruiting class of 2023.

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If OSU can turn over Owens or Haynes or touchdown a running back similar to their caliber, the Buckeyes may be content to keep rolling with one running back for the current cycle.

There is a local option to consider as well. Three Ohio Stars running back Tree Cornest He had a standout senior season for Winton Woods, rushing for 1,629 yards on 181 carries with 27 touchdowns and visiting OSU several times this season. Cornist has had a slew of offers in recent weeks, including Kentucky State, Michigan State, Kansas State, Purdue and Toledo.

Ohio State fans need no reminders about another underrated running back from Winton Woods for a chance with the Buckeyes, as Mayann Williams did. Make the most of his opportunities the last two seasons. Associate High School Fellow of Cornist and OSU Jermaine Mathews He definitely defends it.

If OSU makes a bid to Cornist, the Buckeyes could also make another comeback of similar proportions, like three-star running back Georgia Jamarion Wilcox, which Tony Alford has been recruiting for a time. Retrieving twice in 2023 could lead to elite recruiting in 2024, for example Jerrick GibsonAnd the Stacy Gage or Jordan Marshallan easier sell if it means only signing back once rather than two in that category.

With Fletcher no longer in the fold, Ohio State will now have to go back to the drawing board to complete the 2023 class.