Ohio State went into Thursday’s 1-day camp planning to work out three 2020 in-state tight ends and hoping to see enough to offer at least one of them. Friday night, Cincinnati Elder tight end Joe Royer tweeted out that he had received an offer from the Buckeyes.
— Joe Royer ? (@JoeRoyer25) June 7, 2019
Royer, Grandview Heights’ Luke Lachey, and Mansfield’s Clay Caudill were all vying for an offer, and it appears that Royer was the first to receive the good news.
Royer (6-5 225) is a 3-star prospect who is ranked the No. 16 tight end in the 2020 class per 247Sports and the No. 37 tight end in the 247Sports Composite. The Composite lists Royer as the No. 33 player in the state of Ohio, but 247’s own rankings like him a bit better, putting him at No. 16 in the state.
It has been a busy spring for Royer, who has also added offers from Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, LSU, and Georgia Tech in the last two months.
In his highlights, Royer doesn’t line up on the end of the line in Elder’s spread offense, but rather can be found out wide, in the slot, or flexed out a bit. His role is not unlike that of OSU’s 2018 tight end signee Jeremy Ruckert, who didn’t truly play tight end until he got to Ohio State.
Royer has, however, gotten plenty of experience blocking out wide in space as he is a talented blocker on screens. His size gives him an advantage over smaller defenders, as do his ball skills. He is a natural pass catcher who doesn’t fight the ball and can locate it over either shoulder.
The Buckeyes are looking to sign two tight ends in the 2020 class.
Two weeks ago, 4-star Canadian tight end Theo Johnson included Ohio State in his Top 7. He is the No. 4 tight end in the class.
Massachusetts tight end Cam Large holds offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, and others. He is a 3-star prospect and ranked the No. 14 tight end in the nation. A couple of days ago, Large revealed his Top 4 of Wisconsin, Ohio State, Alabama, and Georgia. He has four official visits scheduled this month. A decision may come soon after that.
The Buckeyes may be waiting on Large’s decision before acting on any further possible offers to Luke Lachey or Clay Caudill.