Ohio State Football Recruitment: Top-50 WR Noah Rogers Signs, Keeping Buckeyes Crucial

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Ohio State’s successful run this week with touted receivers prospects for 2023 continued on Wednesday when the Buckeyes received a commitment from Noah Rogers. According to 247Sports Composite, Rogers is #50 overall in the class and #9 in receivers, giving Ohio State three of the top 10 receiver prospects in the class.

The Buckeyes also received a signing from five-star wide receiver Brandon Inniss on Tuesday after starting the week with a signing of five-star receiver Carnell Tate on Monday. Although Rogers is only He’s a four-star candidate for now and another great win for Ohio State receivers coach Brian Hartline.

Rogers is considered the top-ranked prospect from North Carolina in the Class of 2023, picking Ohio State after his visit last weekend. The 6-foot-2 contender also visited Clemson earlier this month and is scheduled to visit North Carolina this weekend, according to his 247Sports profile.

Building a blockbuster wide receiver class in Ohio State is just a continuation of a strong run at the Buckeyes’ position after receivers Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave were drafted 10th and 11th, respectively, in the 2022 NFL Draft. This season, Ohio State is expected to have perhaps the nation’s best receiver on its roster in junior Jaxon Smith-Njigba, projected at No. 10 in CBS Sports Draft expert Ryan Wilson’s latest 2023 mock.

Noah Rogers’ scouting report

Rogers caught 70 passes for 1,432 yards and 22 touchdowns for a Rolesville High School team that made the semifinals at 4A State in North Carolina last season as a junior. According to Brian Dohn, National Recruiting Analyst at 247Sports, he also ran at the track during his high school career and is planning on being a future second or third round draft pick:

Verified size with verified under 4.5 speed and over length. Also competes on the track. The prolific big-play receiver averaged 20.5 yards and had 22 touchdowns on 70 catches. Smooth distance runner. Gets off the line and into the routes well. Coming out of the pauses and accelerating to achieve the separation. Adapts well to off-target throws and displays excellent ball skills. He’s solid and willing to play in traffic. Shows body control and makes acrobatic catches look easy. Knows how to use size to shield defensive back. High points ball good and excels on 50-50 balls. Shows ability to penetrate defenses and make a big play after catching. Shows a bit elusive after the catch but is at best when securing the catch and getting up on the field. Consistently backs the defense despite very little press coverage. Knows how to sit in holes vs zone. Willing blocker. Has power throughout the frame but needs to continue to develop power. Fine-tuning the route run and a slightly sharper transition into breaks will help. High Profile Recipient in Top 10 College Program. NFL early round draft potential.

Ohio State Class of 2023

Landing Rogers puts the state of Ohio right on the heels of Notre Dame in the 2023 race for the nation’s top recruiting class. He is the Buckeyes’ 13th engagement this cycle and 12th with at least a four-star rating. In addition to the trio of receivers who have pledged this week, Ohio State also has pledges from four-star wide receiver Bryson Rodgers and four-star tight end Ty Lockwood, who is the No. 8 tight end in the class is applicable.

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