The rush: Ryan Day believes in recruiting multi-sport athletes, Aamil Wagner commits to Notre Dame and Walker Lyons announces Top 11

These days, more top soccer rookies than ever are hiring personal trainers and specializing in training designed for soccer, rather than participating in winter or spring sports.

While that strategy may work for some rookies, Ryan Day was asked Tuesday if athletes who play multiple sports, especially basketball, are coveted at Ohio State. Day responded that seeing an athlete compete in a sport other than football can say a lot about a player.

“I like guys from multiple sports,” Day said. “My son was in fifth grade when a coach told him, ‘You have to decide what sport you want to play.’ I almost jumped on the phone. I think the more sports you do, the healthier it is. You learn to be competitive, you learn to lose, to improve, to learn discipline, you learn so many things. And you learn different skills. Spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, foot speed, all those things in basketball are great. I watch it a lot.

“When we were on the road before COVID in December and January, we were going to see underclassmen that we couldn’t have contact with. We love to see a guy compete, you can see how he’s trained, see he’s lost by 20, so what’s his attitude? Does he kick and yell at his coach, or encourage his teammates to go back on defense and try to take matters into their own hands in the fourth quarter with a drop of 15? You learn so much about people in these environments. You get a good overview of who they are.

There are plenty of examples of multi-sport athletes on the current roster. Dawand Jones, Garrett Wilson, CJ Stroud, Jack Sawyer and JT Tuimoloau — who spoke to Chris Holtmann during his recruiting about the possibility of joining the Ohio State basketball team — are among the Ohio State who were also prolific basketball players. Emeka Egbuka recently told the Columbus Dispatch that he has offers to play college baseball.

Offensive coordinator/tight ends coach Kevin Wilson, who was Indiana’s head coach from 2011-2016, has a special appreciation for basketball players after spending time in Hoosier State.

“Having been a coach at Indiana State, every time I saw a 6-foot-5 kid who wasn’t playing basketball, I was like, ‘Well, what’s wrong with you? “Wilson said. “Personally, I know there are a lot of great coaches out there, a lot of kids training all year round, but the competitive environment of having to take a free throw when the game is in play or getting into a batter’s box without having a false start on a 100 yard run is important. Stress yourself out, learn to compete. If you can play as a defensive back or wide receiver at Ohio State, you can play high school basketball. In my bedroom, I like tight ends who play multiple sports, I think it helps them become better players and completes them as a person.

Wagner commits to Notre-Dame

2023 State offensive tackle Aamil Wagner sent shockwaves through recruiting circles Thursday afternoon. On Tuesday, On3 reported that 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle Wayne had to choose between Penn State and Kentucky, the latter being the school where his brother played for two seasons and is a graduate coach.

Wagner, who had Ohio State in his last five schools, picked Notre Dame instead, giving the Fighting Irish three total commitments for 2023.

“I chose Notre Dame because the coaches made the university feel like home and I felt that Notre Dame can not only provide me with a great football career but can also put me in the best position for life after football,” Wagner told 247Sports.

Although joining the Irish is a bit of a shock, it’s no secret that Wagner has been away from the Buckeyes for months. Wagner was thought to have a frame better suited to playing defensive end than playing offensive line. Once in the state, offensive lineman Avery Henry became Ohio State’s third Class of 2022 commitment on Oct. 20, which put the nail in the proverbial coffin of Wagner’s chances of join the Buckeyes, who are now focusing on Earnest Greene and Carson Hinzman as options. to complete their offensive line class.

Wagner is ranked Ohio’s sixth-best prospect, 12th-best offensive tackle, and 134th-best overall prospect in the 2022 class. 2023 offensive lineman Joshua Padilla, who signed to Ohio State last week , is Wagner’s teammate at Wayne High School.

Lyon announces its top 11

A tight target from Ohio State in the Class of 2023, Walker Lyons, announced his top 11 schools Thursday afternoon. Ohio State, Ole Miss, USC, Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Michigan, Alabama, Oregon, BYU and Texas all made the cut.

Lyons, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound tight end from California, is ranked the 69th best player and third-best tight end in the 2023 class. He currently has a 247Sports Crystal Ball projection of Ole Miss. OSU already has a tight end committed for the 2023 class in Ty Lockwood, although the Buckeyes could take two tight ends in the cycle.

Branch wears scarlet gloves

It was just a normal Thursday on Twitter. Then CJ “Captain Buckeye” Hicks turned into fashion police when it came to tracking down the gloves of Ohio State’s 2023 stretch target Zachariah Branch.

While Branch wearing what appear to be Ohio State gloves may piss off some Buckeye fans, it’s worth noting that the 5-foot-9, 172-pound star has also been seen wearing USC gear this season. while warming up for the games.

It’s undeniable that there has been some momentum with the branches and the OSU, however. Zachariah’s older brother Zion is a priority safety target for 2022 and is said to be leaning towards the Buckeyes, especially given the coaching turnover at USC. If Zion commits to Ohio State, it could eventually lead to Zachariah following suit.

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