Columbus, Ohio– State of Ohio He is expected to sign four-star wide receiver Bryson Rodgers during the early signing phase for the 2023 recruit class, which runs from Dec. 21-23. Learn more about this member of the Buckeyes’ recruiting class with this profile.
school: Cocoa High School (Florida).
position: Wide receiver.
height, weight: 6 feet, 175 pounds.
247Sports Score: Four-star prospects ranked the #35 wide receiver, #53 player in Florida, and #275 player in the country, according to 247Sports composite ratings.
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What’s his deal?
Rodgers picked Ohio State a day after attending the spring game and ended his enlistment not long after. As things stand, he will be the first wide receiver Brian Hartline has signed who was not in the top 151 in his respective recruiting class. Hartline has never cared much about rankings and has often settled on who he wants, regardless. But even some of the lower-rated players he picked usually end up ranked high on signing day, as was the case with Jaxon Smith-Njigba in 2020 and Kyion Grayes in 2022.
Rodgers won’t have that history, making him the ultimate test of how good a judge Hartline is, which the four-star recruit is well aware of.
How it fits into Ohio State plans
The Florida native is listed at 6ft, but there’s a good chance he’s a lot taller in person. He could be closer to around 6-3, which would make him another perfect pass for X-Receiver on this offense. Marvin Harrison Jr. spent the 2022 season showing how a larger receiver in this role can lead to mismatch issues for a defense.
Hartline wants the guys to know all three wide receiver spots, but there’s a difference between what a guy learns in practice and where he actually plays in a game. For Rodgers, it will be at the back of the formation, often one-on-one against a cornerback.
Forecasts for 2023
Harrison will be back next year, possibly looking to repeat the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner for the nation’s top wide receiver. But there is currently no clear No. 2 behind him. There will be an opportunity for Rodgers to work his way into the two-deep, even if that doesn’t mean playing on Saturday as all three of this season’s top guys will return.
The 2023 season for Rodgers will be about preparing to claim a job in 2024, where there will be an open season for all three spots.
Read more about Rogers
• Bryson Rodgers is committed to the state of Ohio
• What the engagement of Bryson Rodgers means
• Meet Bryson Rodgers: Ohio State pledges to agree with Brian Hartline for ‘taking a chance on him’
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