Looking to address its top positional need in the 2022 recruiting cycle, Ohio State extended a scholarship offer on Monday evening Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne four-star offensive tackle Aamil Wagner.
The 6-6, 250-pound Wagner is considered the 13th-best offensive tackle and No. 134 prospect overall in his class. He holds offers from more than two dozen schools, including Arizona State, Auburn, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia, among others.
Wagner has been in contact with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa for quite some time, but there were concerns about his ability to gain weight, which is why the Buckeyes didn’t offer earlier in the process. Those questions still remain to an extent, especially since Ohio State hasn’t been able to evaluate him in person due to the ongoing recruiting dead period, but his frame and potential are considered worth the risk.
The Buckeyes are looking to take three or four more offensive linemen this cycle alongside West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star Tegra Tshabola, so bringing on a developmental prospect or two is likely in such a large haul.
Tackles like Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian five-star Zach Rice, Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt five-star Gunner Givens and Humble (Texas) Atascocita four-star Kam Dewberry are all players who could make an immediate impact, while Fond Du Lac (Wis.) St. Mary’s Springs four-star Billy Schrauth and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy three-star Aliou Bah fall into the same developmental category as Wagner.
If Wagner – who is the younger brother of former Iowa basketball player and Kentucky wide receiver Ahmad Wagner – ultimately chooses the Buckeyes, he’ll become the eighth player from Huber Heights Wayne to sign with Ohio State this century, joining safety Will Allen and wide receiver John Hollins in 2000, linebacker Marcus Freeman in 2004, cornerback Donnie Evege in 2007, quarterback Braxton Miller in 2011, defensive tackle Robert Landers in 2015 and wide receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith in 2018.
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