Pilot Mountain (N.C.) East Surry four-star tight end Benji Gosnell committed to Ohio State on Wednesday evening, choosing the Buckeyes over finalists Florida and North Carolina.
The 6-4, 225-pound Gosnell is considered the 11th-best tight end and No. 265 prospect overall in the class of 2022, as he caught 25 passes for 422 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to their first state championship last season. He also added 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and an interceptions as a linebacker, where he garnered first-team all-state honors.
Ohio State extended an offer to Gosnell in July, and though he’s never been to campus, he’s been able to build a strong relationship with head coach Ryan Day and offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson from afar through virtual visits and Zoom calls.
Gosnell trimmed his list of scholarship offers to the Buckeyes, Gators and Tar Heels on Aug. 23, with most prognosticators expecting him to follow his older brother Stephen, a former four-star wide receiver in the class of 2020, to North Carolina. Ohio State made a significant push in recent weeks, though, thanks to Wilson’s track record for developing tight ends and their increased usage within the offense this year.
Gosnell becomes the seventh member of the Buckeyes’ 2022 recruiting class, joining Acworth (Ga.) Allatoona three-star Bennett Christian at the tight end position. His pledge also moves Ohio State ahead of LSU for the top spot in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings.
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