Recruiting Outlook: Joenel Aguero Sets Commitment Date, Camp Offers Roll In

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One of Ohio State’s top safety targets in 2023 has set a commitment date.

Lynn (Mass.) St. John’s Prep four-star safety Joenel Aguero (6-0, 195) announced Monday that he will make his college decision on July 23. Along with his commitment date, Aguero announced a top four of Florida, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and Ohio State.

Aguero is the No. 43 overall prospect and No. 3 safety in 2023. He visited Ohio State earlier this spring and had an official visit set for this fall, but told On3 Sports that he is planning to move it up to June before his commitment date. He has visits to his other top three schools scheduled throughout June.

Georgia leads in the 247Sports crystal ball predictions, though all have been in since last November following an offer from the Bulldogs.

With a pair of safeties in the 2023 class in West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star Malik Hartford (6-3, 175) and Titusville (Fla.) Cocoa four-star Cedrick Hawkins (6-0, 175) already committed, Ohio State will likely look to take two more safeties in 2023.

Beyond Aguero, the Buckeyes have been heavily involved with Hoschton (Ga.) Mill Creek five-star Caleb Downs (6-0, 185), who has an official visit scheduled for the weekend of June 24, as well as Hillside (N.J.) St. Peters Prep four-star Jayden Bonsu (6-2, 205) and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage four-star Daemon Fagan (6-2, 180). With several prospects being shown interest by Ohio State, it could be a race to get into the class.

Buckeyes Offer 2026 Wide Receiver

Ohio State’s recruiting camps continued this week, and one of the highlights was Cincinnati (Ohio) West Clermont wide receiver Chris Henry Jr. (6-3, 170), a 2026 prospect who is the son of former NFL wide receiver Chris Henry, who played with the Cincinnati Bengals for five seasons before his death in 2009.

Henry – despite not playing a down of high school football – impressed those in attendance at Ohio State’s camp on Monday.

Henry has five Division I offers from Grambling State, Marshall, Ohio State, UConn and West Virginia. Henry’s offer is the second handed out by Ohio State in 2026, joining Loganville (Ga.) Grayson defensive end Tyler Atkinson (6-3, 180).