Report: Ohio State is 'Way out in front' for one of nation's best safeties in 2022 recruiting class
Ohio State could soon earn a commitment from 4-star safety prospect Xavier Nwankpa, according to a report.
That’s per Rivals’ national recruiting director Adam Gorney, who said the Buckeyes are “way out in front” of the pack in Nwankpa’s recruitment.
Here’s Gorney’s analysis on the situation:
“Ohio State is way out in front and I’m not sure the Buckeyes can be caught in Xavier Nwankpa’s recruitment. He has a great relationship with the coaching staff, he’s going to have an excellent visit to Columbus in June and even if he still takes his round of official visits, Ohio State is looming so large in his recruitment. Anything can happen but I think the Buckeyes have a great shot at landing him and he could commit after his early June visit.”
According to 247Sports Composite rankings, Nwankpa is the No. 71 overall player and the No. 5 safety in the class of 2022. Per 247Sports’ rankings, he’s the No. 1 safety in the country. He attends Southeast Polk High School and is originally from Altoona, Iowa.
He’s received offers from several top programs across the country, including Alabama and Notre Dame. There’s no set date for his commitment.
According to 247Sports, he’s expected to visit Ohio State on June 4. He’s also currently scheduled to visit Notre Dame and Texas A&M later in June. Beginning June 1, recruits can start taking official visits to schools again for the first time since the pandemic started in March of 2020.