The rich keep getting richer. Ohio State has a rich football history, including some of the biggest names in college football history, and they might have just secured another. Emeka Egbuka recently committed to the program after becoming one of the country’s best high school players. Now, the sky is the limit, and he might have made a decision that will pay dividends for many years to come.
Ohio State Buckeyes tradition
The Buckeyes have produced many All-Pros, Hall of Famers, and solid football players for several decades, according to Bleacher Report. In the mid-’40s, they helped break the NFL’s color barrier after their star defensive lineman, Bill Willis, joined the Cleveland Browns. However, the school’s history speaks for itself. From Hall of Fame wide receiver Paul Warfield to Dwayne Haskins Jr., the NFL history is incomplete without mentioning the football powerhouse.
Buckeye football is the lifeblood of Ohio. From their rival matchups against Michigan to the ones against smaller schools, Ohio football reigns supreme despite several professional sports teams playing in the state. Orlando Pace, Eddie George, Dante Lavelli, Cris Carter, and star kicker Lou Groza all got their start at the school during different eras.
To be a star buckeye is to be a star for life. Regardless of what one does in the NFL, fans will always remember buckeyes fondly for what they did on the field. Now, they might have another star in the making.
Who is Emeka Egbuka?
Emeka Egbuka is still a high school junior at Steilacoom High school in Washington. But he’s already turning heads on both the football field and baseball field. The wide receiver leads the nation or comes close to doing so in practically every category, details Max Preps. In the 2020 season alone, he’s received 1,427 yards, 22 per-carry, 100, and 22 touchdowns. He still has a year to go, and he’s already becoming a household name thanks to his combination of speed and talent.
As such, colleges were already clamoring for him, and he got to choose from several of the country’s biggest names. However, despite not graduating until 2021, Egbuka recently decided to call Ohio State his future home.
Egbuka goes to college
Egbuka recently announced his decision to go to Ohio State. Breaking down his mindset with reporters, he explained his process in great detail, according to ESPN:
“It was really close across the board between Ohio State, Washington and Oklahoma,” he said. “I wanted to get down to Oklahoma to leave no stone unturned, so to speak, before I made my decision because I hadn’t been down there before. Once I got back from Oklahoma, that’s when I really started crunching numbers and looking at it from a subjective standpoint and figuring it out without any bias. I loved Oklahoma when I visited and I was high on it when I got back home, but without any bias I wanted to sit back down and see what the best place would be for me.”
However, it was about his ability to maximize his gifts and ensure success in the future.
“I just felt at the end of the day it was the school that fit me best,” Egbuka said (Per ESPN). “They have really good connections for after football, obviously they have great football, great coaches and you have a high chance of going first round [in the NFL draft], and I feel like I’ll be developed really well there.”
Now, Egbuka has to show that he is worth the hype. With an entire year of growth and development before he even takes the field, however, it’s safe to say that Egbuka should be in the position to become one of the most coveted wide receivers, not only in college football but in the NFL.