Saturday Blitz names top second year Ohio State players

College football is one of the most fun sports to watch and follow because you never know which young guy is going to explode onto the scene next. Ohio State football has had no shortage of immediate impact guys, such as Maurice Clarett, Ted Ginn Jr., and Andy Katzenmoyer, in its history, but we are always on the hunt for who could be next.

The folks from Saturday Blitz gave us their opinion on the top three second-year players on the Buckeye roster that could become stars, one is very obvious, but two are a bit surprising. Let’s dive in!

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Sonny Styles, S

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Sonny Styles was an extremely obvious choice. He reclassified to join the team last season and was the highest-rated incoming true freshman. The following is what Saturday Blitz added:

“Styles, a star from the state of Ohio, was ranked the No. 12 player in the entire 2022 class according to the composite, and he was the nation’s top safety. He was also the second-best recruit from the state of Ohio and the No. 1 recruit was teammate and fellow five-star CJ Hicks.”

Kaleb Brown, WR

Kaleb Brown (13) during practice at Woody Hayes Athletic Center


I, too, was a big fan of Kaleb Brown and believe he has first-round potential. Brown primarily played running back in high school and a year of seasoning at wide receiver likely did wonders to make him game ready, but what does Saturday Blitz have to say:

“While Ohio State doesn’t exactly need more receivers to step up with Jaxon Smith-Njigba gone because he didn’t play at all in 2022 and the Buckeyes’ offense was just fine, Kaleb Brown has true star potential.”

Kenyatta Jackson, DE

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The choice of Kenyatta Jackson is a bit shocking. Jackson did not look ready to play Big Ten football coming in and has a tough rotation to break into. Here is what Saturday Blitz had to offer:

“Jackson was Ohio State’s fourth-best recruit in the 2022 class and he was a top-60 overall prospect, so there’s an expectation for him to contribute heavily.

The former four-star didn’t play much as a true freshman and was able to retain that redshirt. He finished his first year with the Buckeyes with two total tackles and a tackle for loss in three games. It was a quiet year, to say the least.”

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Story originally appeared on Buckeye Wire