Tight End Benji Gosnell From Pilot Mountain North Carolina

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Ohio State picked up a 2022 tight end commit this week in Pilot Mountain East Surry prospect Benji Gosnell. The 6’4” 225 lbs. 4 star player is considered the 11th best tight end in the nation for 2022 and the 9th best player overall in North Carolina. He was recruited by assistant coach Kevin Wilson for the Buckeyes and had offers from 18 schools including Florida, Duke, Arkansas, North Carolina (he has a brother currently playing for the Tar Heels) and Penn State. His current coach (Lowman) is friends with coach Wilson since growing up in the same area.

Benji Gosnell
Benji Gosnell

Why Ohio State?

Gosnell decided on joining Ohio State after watching the Buckeyes beat Penn State on Saturday. He liked what he saw in the way Ohio State utilized their tight ends in the game. And he felt Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert were complete players with their ability to block and catch. That is something he wants for his college development, to become a complete tight end.

Last season Gosnell went 422 yards on 25 catches along with 5 touchdowns.

Benji Gosnell Visits

Gosnell has been unable to make visits to campus but has been on virtual tours with the coaches. Ryan Day played a big part in getting him to join the class, taking regular texts and explaining everything OSU had to offer.

Ohio State 2022 Class

Ohio State’s 2022 class now has two tight ends in Gosnell and Bennett Christian in addition to linebackers Gabe Powers and CJ Hicks, offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola, and defensive backs Dasan McCullough and Jyaire Brown. The class is currently ranked the best in the country.

Benji Gosnell: 4-star tight end commits to Ohio State

Bennett Christian : All You Need To Know

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Allatoona High School’s Bennett Christian has mentioned his interest in Ohio State football and recently committed to the Buckeyes. Among the Buckeyes, other schools that he has expressed interest in are Penn State and Tennessee. Penn State is, however, out of the list after they recently accepted a commitment from a Holden State four-star tight end. In a recent statement, Bennett mentions Ohio State as a winning program. It is one of those schools that will boost his career and offer him an opportunity to win a national championship.

Bennett Christian
Bennett Christian #87

It is not only for the winning record that he has shown interest in Ohio State but also for the incredible coaching staff. He mentions notably Coach Kevin Wilson.

Together with his dad, Bill Christian, a former Tennessee player, they visited the campus to look at everything. In a virtual meeting with the coaches, he placed everything into perspective and mapped it all. Ohio State becomes the third school for him to visit, including Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Christian’s recruitment journey hasn’t ended; he is yet to make a decision and announce it on Instagram Live on September 1st.

Who is Bennett Christian?

Christian Bennett, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end who hails from Acworth, Georgia. He does not have a composite ranking yet, but 247 Sports and Rivals rates him as a three-star prospect for 2022 legacy. He’s also ranked number 18 nationally among tight ends. Bennett takes after his father, who played defensive tackle for Johnny Mayors in 1977 and 1979.

His versatility, ability to block and catch, is what attracts Ohio State coach Wilson. He can play a different linebacker position, a feature that is putting him on a prospective edge to recruiters. He appreciates the fact that he can do it all.

At the moment there are no Rivals Future Cast but 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions for Christian Bennett have him going to the Buckeyes in 2022.

Ohio State Football Class

Ohio State is ranked no.2 in AP poll behind LSU, despite having its season postponed. It is expected to recruit two tight ends in the 2022 class if all goes well. There are currently 5 verbal commitments including Gabe Powers, Dasan McCullough, CJ Hicks, Tegra Tshabola, and Jyaire Brown.

Their 2020 class had five start recruits, including wide receiver Julian Fleming, offensive tackle Paris Johnson, and receiver Jaxon Smith.

The Buckeyes witnessed a productive tight end join the team with Jeremy Ruckert in their last season. Jeremy caught 14 passes and scored the first touchdowns.

Christian has not confirmed his commitment yet, but he is a face that could take up the future of Buckeyes. It is thus a wait for Ohio State.

Bennett Christian closing in on choice, talks Ohio State visit

Conclusion

The tight end is the focus of most players. Jeremy Pruitt, for instance, has his eyes on it after not making any commitment for 2020. Aside from Christian, there are three other players in the same position for 2021; Roc Taylor, Jaylen Wright, and Hudson Wolfe.

Bennett Christian Commitment

Ohio State got their sixth member of the 2022 recruiting class at the end of August 2020 when Christian verbally decided to be a Buckeye. Although his family has a history with Tennessee, Christian chose OSU for his college destination. He visited Columbus two weeks before his commitment which led to his final decision. His strong relationship with the coaching staff, including tight-ends coach Kevin Wilson, was a strong pull for the Georgia product.

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