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Ohio State Football Five-Star Wide Receiver receives commitment from Cornell Tate


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Ohio State bounced back in its first five-star recruit in the 2023 class.

Cornell Tate, the wide receiver who played at the IMG Academy last season, Announced his commitment to the Buckeyes On Monday, LSU selected them over three other finalists, including Notre Dame and Tennessee.

The Buckies were a favorite to land Tate and put him at the top of their recruiting board last year, but had to be pushed late by volunteers.

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Much of the speculation about Tennessee’s efforts has centered around the program’s aggressive approach to boosting name, image and comparison opportunities, a factor in gaining commitment in this cycle from five-star quarterback Nico Iyamaleva from Southern California.

However, some programs are in a good position to gain the highest rated wide receiver opportunities, such as Ohio State in recent years.

Based on the composite rankings compiled by 247 Sports, Tate became the fifth five-star receiver to sign with Emeka Egbuka in 2021, Julian Fleming in 2020 and Jackson Smith-Nzigba and the Buckies on the last five cycles in Garrett. 2019. Egbuka and Fleming are also the highest ranked receiver recruits in their classes.

Third-ranked receiver and no. 28 Total Prospect.

Buckeyes is also looking for Brandon Innis, the second-ranked receiver in the class and another five-star who visited Columbus this past weekend.

Tate grew up in Chicago before transferring to IMG Academy, the prep powerhouse in Bradenton, Florida last year.

He attended Marist High School and caught 28 passes and five touchdowns for 444 yards as freshmen in 2019, but his second year season was canceled due to the coronavirus epidemic.

Before Tate announced his pledge, Luke Montgomery, a four-star offensive lineman from Findlay, ranked highest in the 2023 cycle for the Buckies. He was ranked fourth-best offensive tackle and ranked 42nd overall on the wheel.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for the Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at Or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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