'23 FL OL - T.J. Shanahan (Verbal Offer)

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    Buckeyes offer big-time 2023 offensive lineman
    Sure, there’s a lot of time left in the 2021 cycle and an entire 2022 recruiting cycle after that. But the Buckeyes are looking into the future and offered an offensive line prospect in the Class of 2023 with some serious upside.

    His name is T.J. Shanahan, he’s from Timber Creek (Orlando) High School and he’s now the third prospect in that class to be offered by Ohio State.

    Shanahan is 6-foot-5 and 300-pounds, and he is ranked as the No. 1 offensive line prospect according to long-time recruiting analyst Tom Lemming. The young lineman called the scholarship offer from the Buckeyes a game-changer for him.

    “I was very surprised,” he told Lettermen Row. “It really means a lot for a big program like this to offer me this early in my recruiting process.”

    Tony Alford was the coach to offer Shanahan. Ohio State went to the wire for running back Jacques Patrick in the Class of 2015, so Alford’s presence as a recruiter is well-known in that area. The Buckeyes, of course, are a known commodity to every young football player.

    “I don’t know a whole lot about Ohio State, but Ohio State is just a name in itself,” Shanahan said. “To me, it means a lot that a program like that would would take a chance on me, and I’m more than blessed for the opportunity to receive an offer from such a great program.”
     
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    TJ SHANAHAN
    Shanahan is a massive 6-foot-5, 300-pound rising sophomore at Timber Creek High School in Orlando whose recruitment has blown up this spring. It’s still very early in the recruiting process for Shanahan, who was named to the MaxPreps 2020 Preseason Sophomore All-American First Team ahead of this coming season.

    “Definitely has been (hectic),” Shanahan told Eleven Warriors. “Got my first Power 5 offer in late April, and now I have 22 offers, so I would say it’s been pretty hectic. ... It's been very surreal. I'm just so blessed.”

    Shanahan’s first offer came from Florida on April 19, followed by Oregon (April 20), Florida State, Nebraska and LSU (April 22) and a host of other major programs such as Georgia, Arizona State and USC.

    For Shanahan and Ohio State, their relationship goes back to 2019 when he first caught their eye, though it’s just now starting to build.

    “(Our relationship) started yesterday actually,” Shanahan said. “I went to a camp last year around this time, so I would say that’s when I started to get on their radar. Coach (Tony) Alford gave me the offer and it was very impactful. I really like Ohio State.”

    It’s still incredibly early, so Shanahan says “as of right now, there are no current leaders in my recruitment,” which doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

    He likes what the Buckeyes offer, though, and ever since that camp – in which he worked with both Greg Studrawa and assistant offensive line coach Kennedy Cook – Ohio State has liked what Shanahan offers.

    “One thing they all really like about my game is how physical and tenacious I am on the field,” says Shanahan, adding that Ohio State views him as an offensive tackle and not an interior lineman.
     
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