This is an interesting road Benji Gosnells Dedication to the State of Ohio today.
Fifth-ranked tight end in the 2022 cycle saw Buckeys thin after dropping his top three in the summer, but stepped back a bit in his recruitment following the amount of coaches who approached him on September 1st.
Later, with the production he saw from Gators tight Kyle Pitts, the UFC became the school that began to see a trend in its recruitment. In fact, Gosnell set the record a few weeks ago, saying that Florida would be his choice for the day.
Eventually, however, Ryan came to the top of the day and his staff for the desirable junior.
“It feels awesome,” Gosnell said Bucky Grove. “Especially with all the training staff; They are all great human beings. They are all going to do the best for every child… They treat their players like family. This is one reason I love them so much. I’m going to go there, we’re going to be a big four to five years, and we’re going to beat some countries. We’re going to get some rings, so I’m driven. ”
Throughout his evaluation process, Gosnell was aware of the many factors he would like to see in a plan to consider his services. His criteria include good facilities, player development, coaching staff, his level coach, the people he will be with, stability and school location.
The state of Ohio, which Gosnell began contacting earlier this year, checked all of those boxes.
“I always wanted the state of Ohio,” Gosnell said. “When I first received my offer from there on June 2, I was thrilled to hear Coach Day’s official offer words based on that sentiment. Since then, I have felt a certain kind of tendency towards the state of Ohio.
“Even in March, when I first started zooming in with coach Wilson, we discussed the state of Ohio and all the ins and outs and all the details of the school. Everything about it is amazing and amazing. I’m already learned a lot, never visited that place, but I think I already know. ”
Hiring reporters like me would be future college footballers like Gosnell, but we know there is a lot more to their decision-making process than what is going on at Gridron. It’s not just the three to five year choice they make; This is a decision that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Gosnell says what Wilson and company will do for him on the field is that Ohio State’s education and career plans after football sold him to school.
“I knew in advance that everything other than football in the state of Ohio would suit me,” Gosnell said. “Academics are amazed at the facilities, the coaching staff, all the opportunities they are given after football. But as a footballer, even when you look at how they form tight edges … [on Saturday], Rugert scored twice and had six receptions on seven goals.
“Jeremy Rugert, he’s a very well-developed tight end. He’s a pancake with a defensive decision and a line – up player, but he’s touched downs and comes out on top in the passing game.
Wilson told Cosnell that he would be recruiting to replace Rugert, who is in his teens at Columbus. The 6-foot-4, 220-pounder already has reliable hands for a tight end, but Gosnell’s next stage of development will elevate his blocking to another level.
Gosnell, who plays baseball, basketball, track running and even on the defensive side of football, is ready for that challenge.
“My brother, Stephen, is in North Carolina, he’s a receiver, so I started working with him and I have been training as a recipient since sixth grade,” Gosnell said. “Halfway through my new year and my sophomore year I felt like I was growing into a tight end type player when we do 7-on-7, which can be more than any linear player you have on me, but. I’m bigger and taller than security in any corner.
“So, whatever coverage they have, you can throw it at me, and I can kick them out, kick me out to get the ball. But, I’m very aggressive. I play defensive end, I play linebacker – so I have a defensive attitude – people that I underestimate. That being said – the aggression I bring in shows how they nurture me to stop me. ”
Although Gosnell is one of the tightest ends in the country, he knows it will be a grind for him when it comes time to tie the straps for the bucks. Playing time is not based on stars or level rankings; It is earned every day in the training field, weight room, movie sessions and more.
However, when he arrives in Columbus in 2022, Gosnell wants to establish himself as one of the team’s hardest workers.
“I’m a guy who can really train,” Gosnell said. “I’m going to do this. You’re not right.” If Coach Wilson and Coach Day try to teach me something, I’m going to ask, because they know more about it than I do, and their results speak for themselves. I’m going to be a coach, I’m going to compete like hell.
“The first day I came to Ohio, I’m going to do my job. I think, honestly, people will get angry at how hard I work.”
This is part of Bucky Crowe’s conversation with Benji Gosnell. Stay tuned Thursday afternoon for the second part of this interview, where he talks about Ohio State’s 2022 teams, class expectations and his thoughts on Ryan Day led by Buckeyes.
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