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Angeli talks latest in recruitment, interest in Ohio State, preparing for big season

Ohio State signed two very talented quarterbacks in the 2020 class in CJ Stroud and Jack Miller and have another excellent signal caller on board in 2021 with Kyle McCord. With that in mind, it makes sense that the Buckeyes have taken their time in approaching recruiting the position for the 2022 cycle, but they have extended a handful of offers to a select group of rising junior signal callers.

One of those lucky prospects is Oradell (NJ) Bergen Catholic’s Steve Angeli, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound prospect who holds 13 offers to this point, including Penn State, Rutgers, Michigan, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, West Virginia, Boston College, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Old Dominion, in addition to the Buckeyes. The talented quarterback earned his offer from Ryan Day and the staff after throwing for them at a camp last summer.

Angeli has split time in each of the last two seasons behind center for the Crusaders, as veteran Andrew Boel provided tremendous leadership and a steady hand steering the ship for Vito Campanile’s program. With Boel having graduated and moved on, it’s finally Angeli’s turn to show what he can do as “the guy” for an entire season. Even with COVID-19 and restrictions on what he’s able to do, Angeli has been preparing to take the reins for one of the best high school teams in not only the state, but the entire country.

“Throughout the whole pandemic I’ve been throwing with my quarterback trainer two or three times per week,” Angeli told Buckeye Scoop. “I also have kind of a home gym set up, so I’ve been working out with my brother. I’m just following my plan and trying to get better.

“I’m really looking forward to just playing a full game. I haven’t really played a full game since my freshman or eighth grade year. Just to be able to get in a rhythm and just kind of play the football I know how to play. I’m really excited about the things I can do, and I can’t wait to get back to football and have that feeling.”

As mentioned above, Bergen Catholic is not only expected to compete for a state title playing in the toughest conference in New Jersey but could be in the mix for the nation’s top ranking as well. Angeli knows the bullseye is on his team’s back and he welcomes that challenge as QB1.

“It’s something we want,” he stated. “We definitely want the exposure. We definitely want to win the title. But we have to prove it to everyone in the country and the state. It’s not going to be easy and never is easy trying to win a state title in North Jersey. We just have to put our heads down and work. This will be one of the most player-driven seasons this state has ever seen. A championship and state title would mean a lot for us and everyone trying to reach that goal.”

As far as his recruitment goes, the offers have continued to come in, but the process of narrowing down his list hasn’t really begun, as COVID-19 has extended the NCAA dead period through the month of August, at a minimum. Angeli discussed the latest with his recruitment and if he has any schools sticking out at this point in time.

“It’s been going great,” he shared. “A lot of coaches and programs have been setting up virtual visits and phone calls with me. They’re all just doing their best to try and build a relationship with me throughout this pandemic, without being able to have face-to-face contact. It’s a bit difficult, but it’s going great. We’re working around it and trying to get to that decision date and make sure my recruitment is up to date and continues rolling.

“I’ve been in a lot of contact with LSU, Penn State, Rutgers, Nebraska, West Virginia, schools like that, a lot of them are trying to stay in contact with me. I don’t really have any favorites right now. This spring would have been huge for me to get around and see some schools and build my top list a little bit more, help my family see what’s going on. Right now I don’t really have anyone leading the pack and for now I’m just trying to keep everything equal.”

When it comes to Ohio State, they were the first program to offer Angeli, and made quite the impression on him when he was on campus last summer.

“I thought the staff was great,” he said. “I knew something great was going to be coming for them last season. You could just see the atmosphere, the commitment, and the work ethic, the culture that they were building. Also, how much they trusted Coach Day after Coach Meyer left, it’s all about the culture that they’ve built there, and I knew they had something really great going. To have them as my first offer was surreal.”

As previously mentioned, the OSU staff has taken a slow and steady approach to 2022 quarterback recruiting, not only with the stacked room they have on the roster already, but also because they haven’t gotten the opportunity to evaluate signal callers throw this off-season. Once they have the chance to do that, if they determine Angeli is “their guy” and push hard for his commitment, it would be an opportunity he’d have a hard time passing up.

“That would be a dream for me honestly, to represent Ohio State, if that’s the right place for me and my family,” he responded when asked. “They have a great program with great leaders and great coaches. It would be something really cool if that’s the place I end up at.”

The good thing for the Ohio State staff is that they will have plenty of time to evaluate Angeli further and make a push for his verbal pledge if they choose to do so. A decision isn’t expected imminently, although he won’t wait too long to pick his future home.

“I’m definitely looking to commit sometime before my senior year,” he told Buckeye Scoop. It’s really important for me to be able to recruit the class as the quarterback of that program’s recruiting class. As a leader, you have to be a presence with those guys, have them believe in you and have them have faith in the program as much as you do. I definitely want to commit before my senior year and help build the class, get some of the big time prospects to come with me wherever I choose.” 

And when he does sit down to make that decision, he knows what he’s looking for in a school.

“The place that feels like a second home, a home away from home,” he said when asked what will determine his decision. “It has to be a place where I trust the coaches and my family trusts them. I have to know they’ll be able to help me reach my goals, show me the right way, and unleash my full potential. I’d like to go somewhere I can win a national championship, that’s definitely one of my goals. I also want to graduate with a degree and do everything I want to do and get everything I want to get out of college and the program.”