What Gabe Powers’ Engagement Means For Football In Ohio State: Buckeye Recruiting

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football will lose four senior linebackers after the upcoming season, and three more after 2021.

Working linebackers coach Al Washington and the rest of Ryan Day’s staff running over the past year have helped ensure the Buckeyes establish another wave of talent ready to get behind this exodus.

Gabe Powers of Marysville became the last engagement on Saturday night. He joins CJ Hicks of Archbishop of Dayton Alter as a linebacker for the 2022 promotion.

The two are four-star prospects who can combine to give Ohio State several outside linebacker options alongside 2021 middle linebacker Reid Carrico d’Ironton.

This Ohio state could find so much linebacking talent in the state and locking it down so soon could be one of the keys to these classes’ long-term defensive success.

At 6-4, 220, Powers comes from a family of linebackers. His father, Mike, was an All-American Division II at Findlay; and his brother, Mikey, played for West Virginia and is currently on the transfer portal.

As late as 2018, linebacker play was seen as the weakest link in an below-par Ohio state defense. Malik Harrison, Tuf Borland, Baron Browning and Pete Werner changed that narrative last season. The last three are expected to carry an even greater load on defense in 2020.

Then they pass the baton to Dallas Gant, Teradja Mitchell and K’Vaughn Pope. As this group of veteran talent gives Ohio state stability for the next two seasons, Washington also needed to set the stage for success going forward.

Powers fits the Buckeye mold in many ways – a local talent with a national profile and the look and mindset of a traditional linebacker. It has great straight line and horizontal speed for its size. Marysville used these skills on offense as well, and Powers showed the speed to get around the edge and escape as well as the agility to shoot an occasional pass.

In his announcement live via Eleven Warriors, Powers said Washington discussed his use as Sam’s linebacker, able to blitz the edge and handle tight ends of cover as well.

He is No. 1 in the outside linebacker prospect in the nation at 247, and No. 2 in the national composite.

Carrico holds that ranking among inside linebackers for 2021. The Buckeyes aren’t just restocking the linebacker room, they are doing it with the best consensus options in the country.

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