One of the top players in the state of Ohio, Solon four-star defensive end Najee Story, included Ohio State in his top five on Monday, with the Buckeyes being listed along with Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State and Tennessee.
— Najee Story (@Najeestory85) April 20, 2020
Story, who is listed at 6-4, 235, is ranked as the ninth-best player in the state of Ohio, as well as the 19th-best strong-side defensive end and No. 282 prospect overall in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The Solon defensive end was initially offered by Ohio State on Feb. 6, 2019, the first listed offer that Story received. Story also took unofficial visits to Ohio State on April 13 and June 6.
Of the six current crystal ball predictions for Story, two predict him landing with Ohio State, with the other four being listed as undecided.
Ohio State already holds three commitments on the defensive line in Pickerington (Ohio) North five-star end Jack Sawyer, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star end Tunmise Adeleye, and Streetsboro, Ohio, four-star tackle Michael Hall. From there, the Buckeyes hope to add two more in the trenches this cycle.
Other players on the defensive line that the Buckeyes are pursuing includes Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic five-star tackle J.T. Tuimoloau, Belleville, Mich., five-star tackle Damon Payne, Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard four-star tackle Marcus Bradley and Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic four-star tackle Tywone Malone.
There may also be newly added interest in Corona (Calif.) Centennial five-star defensive end Korey Foreman, the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2021 class, who decommitted from Clemson on Tuesday and has already received an offer from the Buckeyes.
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