Four-star defensive lineman Hero Kanu commits to Ohio State football for 2022 class
Ohio State’s recruiting efforts during the stretch run of the 2022 cycle continue to center on bolstering the trenches.
The latest addition came on Saturday afternoon with four-star defensive tackle Hero Kanu committing to the Buckeyes.
Kanu announced his commitment at the start of the fourth quarter of the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. He was also considering Georgia, Notre Dame and USC.
While making his decision public, Kanu had previously signed his letter of intent with Ohio State during the early signing period last month, the program confirmed in a tweet.
Before moving to Southern California in 2020, attending Santa Margarita Catholic High School in the hopes of securing scholarship offers from top college football programs, Kanu grew up in Germany and primarily played soccer.
He is listed at 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds and ranked as the 105th overall prospect in the 2022 class, according to the composite rankings compiled by 247Sports.
Kanu’s public commitment follows Omari Abor, a top-ranked defensive end who on Sunday announced plans to join the Buckeyes.
Since last month's the early signing period, Ohio State has also added commitments from Abor and Carson Hinzman, a four-star offensive lineman from Wisconsin.
The initial group of signees was a little thin on defensive linemen with only two ends between four-stars Caden Curry and Kenyatta Jackson announced as signees before Kanu's announcement.
Kanu picked up interest from the Buckeyes after he debuted at Santa Margarita Catholic during a shortened spring season last year, receiving a scholarship in May. He later visited Ohio State for a camp in the summer and for a Halloween weekend game against Penn State.
Appearing in 11 games as a senior this past fall, Kanu had 55 tackles, nine sacks and a forced fumble.