'23 OH OL - A.J. Salley (Campbell University Verbal)

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    OT/DE A.J. SALLEY
    A rising junior at Miamisburg High School, the same high school that produced Josh Myers, A.J. Salley announced Wednesday that he will be visiting Ohio State on June 16.

    Salley does not yet have an offer from the Buckeyes, but he’s hoping to change that when he participates in the camp next month. A longtime Buckeye fan who describes Ohio State as “a dream school,” Salley said he had a 35-minute phone conversation with Ohio State offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson this past week.

    “He wanted to get me up there on kind of like an unofficial visit type of thing and go up there and be in the camp for a little bit so he can see how I move, and then after that go and see the facilities and go see the coaches and all that,” Salley told Eleven Warriors. “And he said it would be around like a three- or four-hour thing.”

    Although Salley, who is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 19 offensive tackle in the class of 2023, has played mostly on the offensive line so far in his Miamisburg career, he could end up playing defensive end in college and said the Buckeyes are looking at him on both sides of the ball.

    At 6-foot-5 but only 235 pounds right now, Salley believes his ability to move will stand out when he camps at Ohio State, which he thinks his film showcases, too.

    “In the spread, the offensive linemen, we move a lot, we’re always moving, always pass setting,” Salley said. “I’m always getting to the next level and getting to the linebacker.”

    Salley will also be visiting Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Kentucky and Pittsburgh in June; he already holds offers from the Bearcats, Wildcats and Panthers, along with offers from Oregon, Tennessee, Toledo and Wisconsin. Because of the year-long dead period that’s prevented him from making any visits at this point, however, his recruiting process will really be just beginning when he goes on his June camp tour.

    “Just a few months ago, I was unranked, I had no offers. And everything’s coming really fast. And I’m 100% humble and grateful for it. But I’m just excited,” Salley said. “The recruiting process has been fun, but it’s gonna take off to a whole nother level after June.”

    As the recruiting process ramps up, Salley expects the relationships he builds with each coaching staff to be the biggest factor in his eventual decision.

    “When it comes down to it, I’m gonna go wherever I feel like the coaching staff’s built the best relationship with me,” Salley said. “I have no clue where I want to go at this point. It’s so early. I’m just looking for a coaching staff to really invest in me as a player, and I want to go wherever I feel like I’m most wanted.”

    One factor Ohio State will have going for it if it decides to offer Salley, though, will be his connection to Myers, who was selected in the second round of this year’s NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers after earning first-team All-Big Ten center honors for the Buckeyes last season.

    “I’ve always looked up to Josh as a mentor,” Salley said. “I watched him play high school football here. I was in the stands screaming his name as a little kid, always looking up to him. He would come to my practices and I would always work with him when I was little. And I’ve talked to him on the phone a few times, I’ve talked to him in person about going forward with football and everything and I look up to him kind of like a big brother to me, and trying to follow in his footsteps, hopefully.

    “And I see Josh and I see what he did and I see what they turned him into as a complete player. When he came in, he played offensive guard and he completely went through a whole body transformation at Ohio State and they crafted him into what he is today. And it feels like any player that goes to Ohio State, they just seem to do a really good job of transforming players.”
     
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