Ohio State adds offensive tackle Zen Michalski to 2021 recruiting class

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
The Ohio State University athletic department logo, 2017. [provided by OSU]

Five days after decommitting from Louisville, three-star offensive tackle Zen Michalski flipped to Ohio State.

Michalski revealed his commitment on Saturday night, picking the Buckeyes ahead of other finalists, such as Florida State and Penn State.

A native of Floyds Knobs, Indiana, he is the third offensive lineman and 20th prospect overall to join the Buckeyes’ class of 2021, which continues to contend with Alabama for the top spot in the national rankings. The Crimson Tide hold a narrow advantage for the top spot in 247 Sports' composite rankings.

In an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal, he told the newspaper that Ohio State was a “perfect mix of everything I wanted in a school” and also cited the close proximity to his hometown.

“Mainly, it was the coaches,” he added. “They’re some of the best people I’ve talked to in this whole process. If I want to go play somewhere where I’m going to develop the right way and be the best I can possibly be, it’s Ohio State.”

The previous offensive linemen committed to Ohio State in the 2021 class were both guards in Donovan Jackson and Ben Christman.

Michalski offers the size of a typical tackle. He lists himself as 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds on his Twitter profile.

The interest from Ohio State picked up steam in recent weeks after first receiving a scholarship offer on Sept. 8, two weeks after he first committed to Louisville.