There will be no split loyalties for the Styles family in 2023 as the Buckeyes will have both of the Styles sons on the same squad when Ohio State heads to South Bend (Ind.) on September 23rd with the news that Lorenzo Styles Jr. has committed to Ohio State.
Styles Jr. spent the first two years of his career with the Fighting Irish including being on the wrong end of Ohio State’s 21-10 win to kick off the 2022 year.
He joins younger brother Sonny on the Ohio State roster moving forward and will have three years to play two as a rising true junior.
Ohio State had originally recruited Lorenzo Jr. to play on the defensive side of the ball, but the Fighting Irish brought the Pickerington (Ohio) Central star on offense, where he spent the first two years of his playing career.
Styles would catch 54 passes for 684 yards and two touchdowns over the course of those two seasons.
Marcus Freeman and his staff made the decision during the spring of 2023 to move Styles Jr. to the defensive backfield, the position that Ohio State had seen Styles Jr. in all along. Shortly after that decision was made, Styles Jr. entered the transfer portal and all eyes turned to Ohio State to see if the Buckeyes would take another swing at Styles Jr.
Ohio State’s immediate plans for Styles could still be up in the air, at least in terms of the public. The Buckeyes are bringing in a 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete that comes from a familiar family with Sonny already on the roster and father, Lorenzo Sr., a fixture in the early 90s with the Buckeyes before a six-season NFL career.
Ohio State still has some roster management to sort through before the start of summer with the incoming ‘summer enrollees’ set to push Ohio State beyond the 85-scholarship number. The addition of Styles Jr. will create even less room to maneuver as Ohio State will have to shed a handful of players to stay at/under that number.
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