Ohio State football: Buckeyes a lock for 5-star recruit J.T. Tuimoloau?

Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Ryan Day, Ohio State Buckeyes. (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Ohio State Buckeyes’ recruiting class could get even better by adding J.T. Tuimoloau.

The Ohio State football program is in fantastic shape under third-year head coach Ryan Day. His team is recruiting at a ridiculous level and his 2021 class might be getting even more impressive, as five-star defensive end J.T. Tiumoloau is projected to come to Columbus.

The Sammamish, Washington native is the No. 3 overall prospect in 2021, according to the 247Sports Composite. Though other programs like Alabama, Oregon, USC and Washington are all vying for his commitment, CBS Sports has Tiumoloau as nothing short of a lock to play his college ball for the Buckeyes. What does it mean for Ohio State if Tiumoloau ends up signing with them?

Ohio State is recruiting at a level that it will win national titles here soon

To potentially be able to pry a five-star playmaker like Tiumoloau out of Washington State, and out of the Pac-12 footprint for that matter, it signifies two things. One, it means that the Pac-12 is not even remotely close to having its stuff in order. He should be playing for Oregon, USC or Washington, and not Ohio State. And two, it means the Buckeyes will contend for national titles.

The best way to get on Alabama and Clemson’s level is to recruit nationally like the Crimson Tide and Tigers do. Not only should you get the best players within your school’s state’s border, but you can go into another state like Washington to take what is yours and then some. Tiumoloau to Ohio State means the gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big Ten continues to widen under Day.

If Ohio State lands Tiumoloau, it means the Buckeyes will make the playoff twice more with him.

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