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Buckeyes Pull Four-Star Lineman From Home State Favorites

The Buckeyes have added a pivotal piece to their class of 2022 offensive line haul with the addition of four-star Carson Hinzman. The big-time lineman is taking part in the All-American Game in San Antonio (formerly known as the Army game) but made his call before the actual game.

It is not often that Ryan Day’s Buckeyes are able to go into the state of Wisconsin and pull a player away from the hometown Badgers, but that is exactly what happened in this instance with the 6-foot-4, 280-pounder. This has to be considered a major recruiting coup.

Hinzman hails from Hammond (Wis.), which is much closer to Minneapolis than it is to Madison (Wis.) but either way, the Buckeyes were long considered an underdog in landing the talented lineman. A persistent approach by the Buckeyes paid off as Greg Studrawa and the Buckeyes were able to land Hinzman over fellow finalist, Wisconsin.

Hinzman visited Ohio State on a final unofficial visit for the weekend of the Penn State game and that likely was what opened the door to the idea of playing for the Buckeyes.

“I really loved the fans,” Hinzman told BuckeyeScoop after his visit. “They were crazy. I got a chance to see more of how the players interact with each other, especially after the game, which I thought was pretty awesome.”

That visit to Columbus (Ohio) for the Penn State game was Hinzman’s third in the past four months. Hinzman also credited the culture within the Ohio State program as something that was very important to him. In a previous interview Hinzman admitted that culture was tops on his list of deciding factors between schools and it appears that the Buckeyes eventually won out in that category.

Ohio State’s offensive line class also includes four-star lineman Tegra Tshabola along with Avery Henry and George Fitzpatrick. Offensive line recruiting is a priority in every recruiting cycle, but was of a major concern for the class of 2022 with Thayer Munford running out of eligibility and Nick Petit-Frere has already declared for the NFL Draft.

This means that Buckeyes will probably end the class with four on the offensive line with just a little more than a month until the February signing period. We will have more on what this means coming up soon here on BuckeyeScoop.com.