Three-star 2023 wide receiver Bryson Rodgers commits to Ohio State football

Joey Kaufman
The Columbus Dispatch
Ohio State Buckeyes helmets with the word "Equality" sit on the sidelines before a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

Ohio State has picked up its first verbal commitment after hosting a flood of visitors at Saturday’s spring game.

Bryson Rodgers, a composite three-star wide receiver from Zephyrhills, Florida, announced his pledge to the Buckeyes on Sunday afternoon.

“I am happy to announce my dream has come true,” he wrote in a tweet.

Rodgers, who visited for the annual scrimmage that concludes spring practice, is the eighth commitment for the Buckeyes’ recruiting class for 2023 and the third from Florida, following running back Mark Fletcher and safety Cedrick Hawkins.

Though attending Wiregrass Ranch High School outside of Tampa, Florida, he's from Warren and grew up rooting for Ohio State. He mentioned “coming home” in his announcement on Twitter.

Rodgers is the No. 367 player overall and No. 48 overall wide receiver, according to the composite rankings compiled by 247Sports.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds, he caught 42 passes for 645 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior last fall, as well as 47 receptions for 710 yards and 10 touchdowns while breaking out as a sophomore in 2020.

Before committing to the Buckeyes, he was pursued by most of the top schools in the South and had scholarship offers from SEC powerhouses Alabama and Georgia and in-state schools such as Florida and Florida State. The Buckeyes extended an offer in January.

Joey Kaufman covers Ohio State football for The Columbus Dispatch. Contact him at jkaufman@dispatch.com or on Twitter @joeyrkaufman.

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