After closing June with a pledge from Little Elm, Texas four-star cornerback Terrance Brooks, the Buckeyes kept their momentum into July, landing 2021 prize recruit J.T. Tuimoloau, an all-world defensive end from Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic on July 4 and 2022 four-star Suwanee (Ga.) Lambert receiver Kojo Antwi a day later.
That’s without even mentioning the predictions from analysts, which see the Buckeyes landing Humble (Texas) Atascocita four-star tackle Kam Dewberry, Owasso, Ok., four-star defensive lineman Chris McClellan and Philadelphia Imhotep Institute four-star edge rusher Enai White in the coming weeks.
Those predictions remain hypothetical, though. Today’s news is not. The Buckeyes landed a pledge from Englewood (Colo.) According to a Tweet from the prospect himself, Cherry Creek four-star offensive lineman George Fitzpatrick just moments ago.
Fitzpatrick is an almost brand new name on the Buckeye recruiting board, at least to the public eye. Ranked as the No. 292 player and No. 27 offensive tackle, Fitzpatrick was considered a lean for staying west of the Mississippi River. Oklahoma and Oregon were sitting atop his list and earning official visits from him in June. Ohio State earned a visit too, though, all the way back on June 4. It seems that the visit made quite the impact because Fitzpatrick opted to join the Buckeye class, giving offensive line coach Greg Studrawa his second pledge of the class, alongside West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star tackle Tegra Tshabola.
The 6-6, 285-pounder is the 17th member of Ohio State’s top-ranked class and will be one of what looks to be a four-or-five-man offensive line class, with the Buckeyes in hot pursuit of several other four-star linemen, Dewberry chief among them. The Colorado native projects as a tackle at the next level.