Big-Time DT Hero Kanu High On the Buckeyes

COLUMBUS — Ohio State’s second one-day camp of the summer took place on campus Tuesday and a number of the nation’s top prospects were in attendance. One of the more intriguing prospects to work out for the Buckeye coaches was 2022 4-star defensive tackle Hero Kanu. While Kanu is currently set to play high school football in California at Santa Margarita Catholic in Rancho Santa Margarita, he is originally from Germany and has only been in California for the past eight months or so.

Listed at 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, Kanu currently holds offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, LSU, Oklahoma, and many more. Ohio State defensive line coach Larry Johnson got a good look at Kanu during Tuesday’s camp session, often using him to go through the initial drills to show the other campers how things were supposed to be done.

Kanu impressed throughout the day, but the high praise went both ways when he was asked about Ohio State.

“It’s the stability. It’s the culture,” he told Buckeye Scoop. “I’ve been talking to my coach about that for a long time now. I was like, ‘I want to see this place finally.’ And now I got to see it and I’m just thankful. And with the coaching today, I’m pretty sure I’m going to see that again.”

Kanu is in the middle of a first tour of visits, which has so far included OSU, Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, and Florida State. Next up is a swing through the Texas schools and LSU.

“I’m going to make a top list at the end of summer, or in the next three or four weeks,” he said.

His decision is currently set for January 8 at the All-American Bowl. Kanu will take official visits this fall, but he’s not sure if he will take all five, or will only need one.

As for Ohio State’s chances of getting an official visit?

“The official visit is already on the list,” Kanu said with a laugh. “So they don’t have to worry about anything.”

You can check out our entire video with Hero Kanu below, as well as some clips of his workout from today.