Although he has been one of Ohio State’s primary defensive targets for the current recruiting cycle, the four-star security of Altoona, Iowa, Southeast Polk Xavier nwankpa celebrated her 18th birthday by committing to the Hawkeye home state on Wednesday evening,
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Nwankpa, who is considered the fourth best safety prospect and No. 42 in the class of 2022, landed an offer from the Buckeyes in September 2020. He then made an official visit with the prog in June before returning for an unofficial visit for the victory over Penn State in late October.
Iowa has always been viewed as the biggest threat in recruiting Nwankpa, mainly due to its proximity, as he lives about an hour west of the Hawkeyes campus. As a result, he has been there several times, including an unofficial visit over the summer and an official visit in early October.
Notre Dame was also one of Nwankpa’s finalists and made a late push when he unofficially visited South Bend later in the month. But in the end, the opportunity for him to be a Home State hero was just too much for the Buckeyes and Fighting Irish to overcome.
While missing Nwankpa is certainly a big deal for the state of Ohio given the time and effort put into recruiting him, the staff have always seen him and four-star Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas. Branch of Zion – which should largely choose USC next week – as a luxury.
The Buckeyes already have several young Securities on the freshman roster Jantzen dunn, André Turrentine and Jaylen johnson and hold a 2022 four-star Seffner (Fla.) Armwood Kye Stokes pledge, too. Add to the fact that Pickerington (Ohio) Central five stars Yarn styles reclassified from cycle 2023 earlier today, and that eases the sting even more.
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