'23 OH ATH - Alex "Sonny" Styles (Verbal Offer)

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    SONNY STYLES
    PICKERINGTON – After having played just one game at the high school level (he suffered a season-ending injury before the 2019 season began), Pickerington Central 2023 safety Sonny Styles earned an Ohio State offer on Aug. 30.

    Heading into Friday night's Week 3 game against Central Crossing, there was no other major reason to attend other than to see whether or not the hype surrounding Styles was real or not. Telling people you were there to see what Styles was all about brought forth some rave reviews about him being the real deal, so there were some major expectations.

    He showcased that talent – and his impressive physical traits – from the jump.

    On the very first play from scrimmage, Styles – standing at an impressive and athletic 6-foot-4, 205 pounds – took two steps to his right from his perch as the Tigers' one-high safety. He knew exactly where the ball was going, and he pounced on it, snagging his third interception of the season. Styles returned the ball inside the 10-yard line where his brother, 2021 Notre Dame receiver commit Lorenzo Styles Jr., punched in a 7-yard rushing touchdown on a jet sweep less than two minutes into the game.

    Two minutes later, the Tigers were up 14-0. Before the end of the first quarter, it was 28-0. By halftime, Central Crossing had not moved the ball past its own 35-yard line, and Pickerington Central had a 41-point lead, a running clock the entire second half and an easy 47-0 win to move to 3-0 on its quest to repeat as Division I state champions.

    It all started with that tone-setting pick from Sonny Styles who, of course, wasn't satisfied with that play.

    “Their QB was staring at the slant so I just jumped it,” Styles told Eleven Warriors. “I feel like I should’ve took it back for six, honestly, but I guess the interception’s good enough. I just took the wrong route. I should’ve stayed outside to the sideline.”

    It wasn't a star turn in which Styles scored multiple touchdowns or rushed for 200 yards (he doesn't play on offense, either as a running back or a receiver), but what Styles showcased throughout the night, not just on that one play, was real nonetheless.

    1. He flashed his ability to patrol the passing game as a center fielder.
    2. A willingness and clear desire to fly up into the middle of the field to put his nose into a play and lay down some hits.
    3. Some smooth footwork and pass/run play recognition.
    4. Length that allows him to cover ground all over the field.
    5. Athleticism and a big vertical leap, as he came within inches of blocking his second punt of the season as he came flying off the edge, which forced Central Crossing to double team him on their punts the rest of the night.
    Styles, who is being targeted by Ohio State as a player who could play either outside linebacker or safety (perhaps the hybrid bullet position), looked like the real deal. And he has three more regular-season games to keep proving it before the Tigers hit the postseason.

    “We wanna go undefeated for the season,” Styles said. “In every game, we’re just preparing ourselves for the playoffs. We feel like we can go all the way. We just have to stay focused and do everything we’re supposed to do.

    “I’m really out here for my seniors. It’s their last go-around so we’re doing it for them. But things I think I need to work on is the little stuff, just being locked in every play and just being real vocal and being a leader.”

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