The New England area has typically been good to Michigan, when it comes to
national programs, of late, as Don Brown has tremendous roots in the area.
Ryan Day and Matt Barnes are looking to change that, though, especially if
there’s a standout talent they like in the region.
It appears in the 2023 class that there is indeed one of those types of
talents, as Danvers (MA) St. John’s Prep defensive back
Joenel Aguero (who also plays WR for his high school) is racking up
offers from some of the top programs in the nation before he’s even begun his
sophomore year of high school. As of publishing time for this article, Aguero
holds offers from 11 schools including USC, Michigan, Penn State, Michigan
State, Tennessee, Boston College, Nebraska, Ole Miss, William & Mary,
UMass, and one on Monday from Ohio State.
“Beyond blessed to receive and offer from Ohio State University,” the 6-foot,
Tweeted on Monday afternoon. He then went into further detail with Buckeye Scoop about the opportunity
given to him by OSU.
“I feel good about this one,” Aguero said. “I watched Ohio State a lot growing
up. It means a lot to me.”
Barnes has taken the lead in recruiting Aguero and has been in communication
with the prospect, his high school coach, and his trainer.
“Matt Barnes is recruiting me,” Aguero shared. “They had been talking to me
for some time, but once they saw my film at the [Under Armour UC Report Camp
this past weekend] they were like ‘we need to offer this kid and start
building a relationship’. He said he wants me to take a visit as soon as
COVID-19 is over.”
Now that they’ve offered, where do the Buckeyes sit for Aguero?
“They’re in a really good place for me,” he responded when asked. “I’ve been
watching them since I was a kid. Their ability to put defensive backs into the
league is great and a big deal.”
It’s early in the process for Aguero so it’s understandable that he doesn’t
know when he will make a college decision. He does know what he’s looking for
in his future home, though.
“I’m not sure on a commitment date yet,” he told Buckeye Scoop. “I’m just
going to keep working hard and evaluating any offers that come in for now.
“I’m looking for a place that I feel comfortable with the coaches and also
have the ability to get on the field as soon as I can.”