Ohio State (14) WR - Kyion Grayes (****)

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    GRAYES EXCITED ABOUT HARTLINE’S COACHING, MATCHING UP WITH JOHNSON
    In case you haven’t heard, Ohio State’s latest receiver commitment, Kyion Grayes, has been compared to Chris Olave. Pretty confident we’ve hammered that point home by now.

    And so has Grayes, whose comparison to Olave is legitimate, and it’s one that he fully embraces.

    “I would basically be, I wouldn’t say I would duplicate what Chris Olave does, but I would try to do that and up it to another level,” Grayes told Eleven Warriors. “Because I know he’s good player, but that’s really the only thing I can do because that’s one person I can really look at and simulate my game to.”

    As far as the fluidity to his game, crisp route-running ability and just the overall smoothness of his receiving ability (which has mostly come out of the slot of late, in contrast to Olave’s third season at Ohio State), he absolutely stacks up with Olave. Those are three things that jump off the page when watching Olave, and those are reasons that he’s expected to be a first-round NFL draft pick when he decides to finally throw his hat into that ring.

    That’s certainly the ceiling that the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Grayes can hit, and he knows that. He also knows that he will only get to that point with the help of a top-level receivers coach, and that’s exactly what he’s going to get in Brian Hartline.

    Hartline’s ability to take Grayes’ game to the next level is not lost on the young wideout. That has been on display over the past three years in the evolution of Olave’s game, and Grayes is ecstatic about getting that level of coaching.

    “Just the talent I’ve seen him produce, it’s phenomenal,” Grayes said of Hartline. “So just being able to do that and being able to work with someone like him will just be crazy.”

    Grayes made his big announcement of where he was going to continue his football career during an announcement on Sunday morning. That came as more of a surprise in the fact that he dropped his commitment without announcing a time and place for it (save for the tweet he sent out while boarding his flight back to Arizona, of course).

    That is in contrast to that of five-star cornerback Will Johnson, whose commitment to Michigan fans knew to watch out for more than a week in advance.

    Since Johnson’s commitment time was already known when we spoke with Grayes, we asked the four-star receiver about the juxtaposition of his announcement that he would join the Buckeye offense on the same day that Johnson was joining the Michigan defense. Eventually, those two are likely to match up with one another (perhaps in one-on-one coverage down the field, though Grayes is likely to line up in the slot during his Big Ten career while Johnson is an outside corner), and that’s what made it really cool that they committed within hours of each other.

    We’ll surely be talking about that for a long time. At the very least, you’re certain to hear it on TV broadcasts as announcers use it as a fun fact down the road if the two find themselves squaring up one-on-one someday on the last Saturday of November.

    “I’ve talked to him, I’ve never really met him, but I know who he is,” Grayes said of Johnson, admitting the novelty of two players committing to opposite teams of the biggest rivalry in college football as a pretty cool fact thrown into each of their recruitments. “It would be kind of a big show for both those schools. It’ll give both schools hype in a sense. It would be great (to play in that matchup), it would just help make you even more great. It’s nice. I didn’t even think about that. It’s crazy.”
     
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