One of the fastest rising prospects in the 2023 recruiting class is Blairstown (NJ) Blair Academy defensive back Moussa Kane. The NYC-native has blown up a bit this summer after hitting the camp circuit and now holds offers from Purdue (where brother Sanoussi enters his second year), Rutgers, Syracuse, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Clemson. He’s landed a ranking in the initial ESPN 300 for 2023 and all of the hype he’s earned has landed him attention from a number of other big-time programs, including Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Kane took a trip to South Bend on Tuesday to check out what the Irish have to offer and then traveled to Columbus for a full-day visit with the Buckeyes on Wednesday before heading back to Chicago where he’ll catch a flight home on Thursday. It was the first time at Ohio State for Kane, and it gave him his first chance to interact with the Buckeyes’ coaching staff.

“It was really good,” Kane told Buckeye Scoop. “The campus is humongous. The biggest highlight for me was talking with the strength coach, Mickey Marotti. It was really great to hear from him what I need to do to improve and take myself to the next level. I also really liked Coach Barnes and he was a really genuine guy. Spending time with Coach Day was very special too.”

Kane’s day consisted of a player development presentation, campus tour, stadium tour, photo shoot, academic meeting, strength and conditioning meeting, and meeting with Barnes and Day. The talented defensive back spent about 20-30 minutes with Day, who let him know where he stands in regards to potentially landing an offer from the Buckeyes.

“Coach Day said he heard a lot of great things about me and he wants me to keep it up,” Kane shared. “He said if I perform well in my first few games this fall that they’re going to offer me.”

If Ohio State were to offer, it would be impactful to Kane, who, with a 1310 SAT and 91 average holds the Buckeyes’ off-field development and opportunities just as valuable as what they can offer him on the field.

“If they offered me they’d immediately be in my top five,” he responded when asked. “You’re playing on a national stage, they provide a great education, they’re in a big market in Columbus, they’ve got everything. They’ve got a great staff and strength coach. The support system is there to help you do well in school and for development off the field as well. They’ve really got it all.”

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Kane says he’d like to get back to Columbus for a game this fall if his schedule allows, but plans to get back to campus at some point after the season if not, especially if he lands an offer like he hopes to.

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  1. Love this kid and the ceiling is so high with him as he’s just scratching the surface. Personally see him getting the offer after putting together strong film—Blair didn’t have a season last year so that is the only hold up. 40-inch vertical and 10’5″ broad jump so far and improving for a kid who I think can grow to 6-2/6-3 by the time he’s ready for college. Right now is a corner but could be a boundary safety down the line.

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