St. Louis Cardinal Ritter College five-star wide receiver Luther Burden included Ohio State in his top 12 on Friday evening alongside Alabama, Auburn, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Penn State and Texas.
— lutherburden (@lutherburden3) August 28, 2020
The 6-2, 194-pound Burden is considered the second-best wide receiver and No. 14 prospect overall in the class of 2022, as he’s hauled in 93 passes for 2,046 yards and 27 touchdowns in two seasons with the Lions. He landed an offer from wide receivers coach Brian Hartline in April, and though he’s yet to make his way to campus, the Buckeyes are expected to play a major role in his recruitment all the way to the end thanks to their ties in his hometown.
In fact, Ohio State has pulled a prospect from the St. Louis area in four consecutive recruiting cycles, including Christian Brothers College four-star wide receivers Kamryn Babb and Cameron Brown in 2018; Burden’s former teammate, Cardinal Ritter College four-star wide receiver Jameson Williams in 2019; Maryland Heights Pattonville Senior four-star Mookie Cooper in 2020; De Smet Jesuit four-star cornerback Jakailin Johnson in 2021.
With a stockpile of wide receivers already in Columbus and two more on their way in January in Massillon (Ohio) Washington four-star Jayden Ballard and Philadelphia St. Joseph’s Prep four-star Marvin Harrison, the Buckeyes can be a bit selective in their pursuit of players at the position for 2022. Other names to keep in mind include Del Valle, Texas, five-star Caleb Burton; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei four-star C.J. Williams; Chicago St. Rita four-star Kaleb Brown; and Lewisville, Texas, four-star Armani Winfield.
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