Clarkston, Mich., four-star offensive tackle Garrett Dellinger committed to LSU on Wednesday over finalists Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State.
— Garrett Dellinger (@GDellinger2021) June 24, 2020
The decision comes as no surprise, as the Tigers held 100 percent of the 247Sports crystal ball predictions for the 6-5, 280-pound Dellinger, who is considered the 12th-best offensive tackle and No. 79 prospect overall in the class of 2021. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, never really made him a priority and were more of a hat on the table in his recruitment than anything else.
Dellinger landed an offer from Ohio State following a one-day camp in June 2018, where he and his teammate, four-star offensive guard Rocco Spindler, worked out with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. He then returned for an unofficial visit for the Buckeyes’ 38-7 win over Wisconsin in October 2019.
Ohio State already holds one commitment at the offensive tackle position for the class of 2021 from Richfield (Ohio) Revere four-star offensive tackle Ben Christman, and hopes to add another this cycle. The Buckeyes felt good about their chances with Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy five-star J.C. Latham until he pledged his services to Alabama earlier this month, and have since upped their pursuit of Fairfax (Va.) Robinson Secondary five-star offensive tackle Tristan Leigh with Latham off the board.
Ohio State also secured an early commitment from 2022 West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola, which allows the staff to be selective with its remaining targets.
Dellinger’s decision does not impact the Buckeyes’ pursuit of the aforementioned Spindler, meanwhile. He and Lexington (Ky.) Frederick Douglas four-star Jager Burton are among the offensive guards fighting for the one offensive guard spot remaining in the class alongside five-star commit Donovan Jackson.
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