In late March, Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian Academy five-star offensive tackle Zach Rice announced a top five of Alabama, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Virginia and said that he would take official visits with each school.
Now, two months later, the 6-foot-6 and 282-pounder has finally locked in those dates, with trips to see the Tar Heels on June 1, Buckeyes on June 4-6, Cavaliers on June 11-13, Crimson Tide on June 18-20 and Fighting Irish on June 25-27.
It’s worth noting, though, that the North Carolina visit will be in an unofficial capacity.
This will mark the first time in Columbus for Rice, who is considered the top-rated offensive tackle and No. 5 prospect overall in the class of 2022. And though he’s been in contact with head coach Ryan Day, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and graduate assistant Kennedy Cook for more than year now, it will be important for the staff to make a great first in-person impression if they want to secure a big-time commitment at a position of significant need.
The Buckeyes do hold one commitment at offensive tackle from West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West’s Tegra Tshabola, but the recent misses on Alabama signee J.C. Latham and Clemson signee Tristan Leigh and Kentucky four-star pledge Kiyaunta Goodwin only amplify the staff’s desire to bring on three or four more versatile linemen this cycle.
In addition to Rice, Ohio State’s top targets along the line include Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne tackle Aamil Wagner; Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian School four-star offensive tackle Addison Nichols; Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star tackle Tyler Booker; Humble (Texas) Atascocita four-star tackle Kam Dewberry; and St. John Bosco four-star guard Earnest Greene. All of them are expected to be on campus next month, so those concerns could be addressed sooner rather than later.
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