THE LAST ONE
Last summer, Hero Kanu and a group of other great international soccer players toured the country, saw a lot of Power Five shows, and could determine for themselves which ones made the best impression and perhaps which didn’t.
After many miles on the road and much thought, the four-star defender originally from Germany but who played high school football at Rancho Santa Margarita (California) Santa Margarita Catholic narrowed his choices to Georgia, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU and Ohio State. USC also entered the scene once manager Lincoln Riley was hired
On Saturday at the All-American Bowl, Kanu engaged with the Buckeyes who had emerged as his longtime favorites and couldn’t be beaten when the four-star was finally ready to make his decision.
What distinguishes the state of Ohio? Kanu’s relationship he built with the position coach Larry Johnson, one of the best in the business.
IN THE STATE OF OHIO
“Coach Johnson is one of the best coaches, if not the best coach, for the d-line. This is a great thing for me. I’m still raw. I am very talented, I would say; but I also need to learn a lot more and I think he can train like that too. The process I have is just amazing. It’s great.”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN
Kanu played his high school dance in Southern California, but hasn’t had deep connections there since he came from Germany. However, the USC has a lot of momentum in recruiting, especially with local players, so getting Kanu out of the region is huge for the Buckeyes because there’s a lot of potential there.
Kanu has developed an exceptional relationship with Johnson and also with the Ohio State players and that was truly his greatest strength. What has also helped the Buckeyes in some ways is that some of its other finalists – namely LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma – have undergone significant changes in head coaching this off-season and Georgia have lost their defensive coordinator. in Dan Lanning, who took a job in Oregon.
Ohio State probably would have won in Kanu’s recruitment regardless, but all those changes certainly haven’t hurt the Buckeyes.