Ohio State recruiting has been on fire lately with a couple of major defensive commitments over the past week. On Monday, the offense was back at it with a commitment from Scoop100 wide receiver Kojo Antwi. The Suwanee (Ga.) Lambert product chose the Buckeyes over Alabama, Georgia and Texas A&M to become the fourth wide receiver to join Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class.
This one was a particularly hard fought win for Brian Hartline and Ryan Day and below we’ll take a look at the importance of this commitment and what the Buckeyes are getting in the No. 84 overall prospect in the Scoop100.
What Ohio State is getting
The Buckeyes have put together another elite class at wide receiver and Antwi fits in very well with this group. At 6-foot-1 190-pounds, Antwi does most of his damage on the outside, but like many of the receivers that Brian Hartline targets, he has the ability to move around the formation and pretty much line up anywhere.
Antwi is a really impressive vertical threat, he is explosive coming off the line of scrimmage and has the top end speed to easily pull away from defenders. He also shows the ability to play physical on the outside and he is a handful to bring down in the open field due to his strength and speed. He is not only a big play weapon in the vertical passing game, but he is the type of physical and elusive open field runner that can take a bubble screen and make something happen.
What is perhaps most impressive about Antwi are his releases at the line of scrimmage. For a bigger-bodied receiver, he has tremendous feet and he is able to beat press man coverage with both pure upper body strength or finesse, making him a really tough jam for opposing defensive backs.
There are traits here that are reminiscent of Austin Mack, but Antwi is a better natural athlete coming out of high school, which makes his upside higher than the former Top 100 recruit for the Buckeyes. With Kaleb Brown in the class as more of a pure slot and both Caleb Burton and Kyion Grayes having the ability to play inside as well, Antwi will likely play on the outside in Columbus. Having those interchangeable parts will give Hartline a lot of options, however.
What it means for recruiting
This should put a bow on receiver recruiting for Ohio State’s 2022 recruiting class. The preference is to always grab three receivers, but with some of the recent attrition, as well as the availability of some outstanding prospects, the Buckeyes pushed things to four in this class and that should remain the number.
Unlike the defensive back situation where several of the commits still appear to be open to looking around, the receivers look very solid at this point so barring any unforeseen changes of heart, the Buckeyes should be finished kicking the tires here.
This was perhaps Hartline’s best recruiting job this cycle, which is saying something because he stole Kaleb Brown from Michigan and was well ahead of the curve on Kyion Grayes. But Antwi was not a player that the Buckeyes necessarily led for the whole way. Both Georgia and Texas A&M had momentum at various points and the four-star prospect made a June visit to Alabama as well as an official visit to USC on the last open weekend.
Hartline continues to establish himself as one of the nation’s elite recruiters and now that he has wrapped up his 2022 crop, he can put his full focus on getting a head start in the 2023 cycle.