5-star WR Carnell Tate puts Ohio State in position to land No. 1 recruiting class

A commitment from IMG Academy five-star receiver Carnell Tate sees Ohio State catapult from No. 8 to No. 2 in the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.

The Buckeyes are obviously a legitimate contender to finish No. 1, and beyond the track record on the field and NFL Draft, it’s the relationships that Ryan Day and his staff build with top targets that puts the Big Ten powerhouse in this program year in and year out.

“Coach (Brian) Hartline this what made Ohio State right for me,” Tate told 247Sports. “His development is very important to me. I know he would help develop me into a first round pick and a great receiver.

“Coach Day is a great guy and I know behind his play calling I’ll go on to do great things. He kept it real with me throughout the process and let me know what it was and what it wasn’t.

“Coach (Keenan) Bailey played a significant role and possibly he’s the reason why I committed there too too. Throughout the whole entire process he kept it real with me and let me know how important it was to them and every phone call we talked ball and nothing else. He would send some drills for me to work on and I was sending him my workouts back and he’d tell me what I did wrong and what I did right and we’ll go back to the drawing board and fix it. I also have a great relationship with him, he’s like family to me, we talk almost every day and my mom loves him.”

Ohio State beat out Tennessee, Notre Dame and several others for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Tate who is tabbed by the Top247 as the country’s No. 2 receiver and No. 14 prospect overall.

“Ohio State always had a special place in my heart, since I was a kid,” Tate said. “But going through this process I didn’t know if they were the best fit for me. As I went to each and every visit and talked to more coaches and went over more ball, I slowly realized that they were the spot for me. As a kid Ohio State was my dream school and it means a lot to go there and accomplish great things!

“My favorite thing about the Buckeyes is how they put the ball into the hands of the receivers. Their offense is built for receivers to flourish and make plays at the highest level. That’s the type of offense that fits me well and allows me to showcase my talent.”

Tate is commit No. 11 for Ohio State in the 2022 cycle and he becomes the jewel of the class. How does the race for No. 1 continue moving forward?

Ohio State has a terrific chance to land the No. 1 safety in the land Caleb Downs. They’re considered the one to beat for five-star receiver Brandon Inniss. Five-star edge rusher Matayo Uiagalelei has a keen eye on Columbus, as does fellow blue-chippers in the country’s No. 2 linebacker Troy BowlesTop247 linebacker Tackett CurtisTop247 defensive lineman John Walker, Top247 offensive lineman Olaus AlinenTop247 defensive backs Kayin Lee and Calvin Simpson Huntfour-star safety Jayden Bonsucovered receivers Noah Rogers and Rico Flores and in-state four-stars Arvell Reese and Jermaine Mathews. Top247 quarterback Austin Novosad is out there too. The Buckeyes are a team to watch moving forward and Tate maybe is the spark to the next wave of momentum.

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