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Five-star Brandon Inniss passes on lucrative NIL deals to play for Ohio State

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Ohio State five-star signee and wide receiver Brandon Inniss had some lucrative NIL deals on the table late in the recruiting process, but that didn’t stop him from going with a more reputable program, even if it costed him a bigger payday.

“I had numerous conversations with my parents, just talking to them and figuring it out,” Inniss recently told 247Sports at All-American Bowl check-in. “Do you take the money now or do you get developed to be the best you can be, and in the long run you’ll earn more money and be more ready and developed by the time you get to the NFL.”

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A huge factor in Inniss’ decision is the trust he has in Ohio State wide receiver coach Brian Hartline.

“Because of who Coach Hartline is and how develops, that’s how it played out,” Inniss explained.

“What excites me most is when I get on campus, just learning from the best receiver coach in college football and having guys like Marvin (Harrison) and Emeka (Egbuka) in the room. Me working every day with them is going to make me a better player and I’m excited to do that.”

The Buckeyes suffered a narrow loss to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Peach Bowl on New Year’s Eve, as quarterback CJ Stroud will be heading to the NFL Draft this spring.

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So that means Ohio State will be looking for a new QB to run the show next fall, but with Marvin Harrison Jr. and Emeka Egbuka being a part of the wide receiver corps, this team’s offense still has a chance to be extremely deadly next season, especially with the culture being so great in Columbus.

“The family environment,” Inniss said. “Every time I go there it feels like the perfect reason I picked Ohio State. The family environment is like nothing else.”