Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian Academy five-star offensive tackles Zach Rice listed Ohio State in his top eight on Saturday afternoon alongside Florida, LSU, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Virginia.
The 6-6, 282-pound Rice — who is considered the second-best offensive tackle and No. 29 prospect overall in the class of 2022 — landed an offer from the Buckeyes in April. He’s never been to campus, but talks regularly with head coach Ryan Day, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and graduate assistant Kennedy Cook, as well as some of Ohio State’s current players, including freshman offensive tackle Paris Johnson.
After missing out on some of their top targets at the position in the current recruiting cycle, offensive tackle will be one of the Buckeyes’ top priorities in 2022. The staff already holds a commitment from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star Tegra Tshabola, but other names to keep in mind include Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt five-star Gunner Givens; Fond Du Lac (Wis.) St. Mary’s Springs four-star Billy Schrauth; Charlestown, Ind., four-star Kiyaunta Goodwin; and Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne four-star Aamil Wagner.
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