Ohio State’s big recruiting event of July is on Thursday with the Buckeye Bash BBQ, but the program hosted a handful of prospects earlier in the week. One of those players to come to Columbus was NYC-native and Christ The King (Queens-Middle Village) 2023 defensive tackle Tyriq Blanding.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder already holds offers from 10 schools including Miami (FL), Michigan, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon, South Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia, and UMass. Ohio State is a school he has his eye on, though, and came to a camp session in June to work out for Larry Johnson.
LJ liked what he saw from Blanding (who ran a 4.97 40-yard dash at camp) but told him he’d like to see some junior film before a decision on an offer was made. The relationship between the two sides has continued and Blanding decided to make another visit to Columbus on Wednesday, to spend more time with the staff and see the facilities, something he didn’t get to do in June.
“It was really good,” Blanding told Buckeye Scoop. “This time I was able to get a more in-depth look at the campus, the facilities, and the program. My first visit I really just went to the camp and then had to leave, so I didn’t get to take a tour or anything. This time I got to do all of that so it was a cool experience.”
And Blanding liked what he saw this time around.
“It was great,” he said. “The campus is huge and is like a city in itself. I got to learn more about their academic programs and the business school. I also got to speak with Coach Johnson and Coach Day.
“Coach Johnson told me he likes my film and likes that I cut down weight and body fat since he last saw me. He wants me to work on my technique. He showed me how to fix my three-point stance and some other drills that I can do at home to improve.
“Coach Day told me he had heard about me and that he’ll be watching me moving forward and seeing what I do during my junior year.”
Blanding doesn’t hold an offer from Ohio State yet, but it’s certainly one he is chasing.
“That’s an offer I’d highly consider,” he responded when asked. “I’d be going to play for one of the best d-line coaches to ever do it. A kid from New York City going to Ohio State would be big. That’s one of the top programs in the country and not too many kids from our area get to play there, especially linemen.”