Coming into the day, Ohio State had offered just seven prospects that are members of the 2024 recruiting class. However, the Buckeyes have now set their sights on a linebacker from the Sunshine State after sending out their latest offer. Plus, the latest on the program’s pursuit of an elite cornerback in next year’s class.
Buckeyes offer 2024 LB
Ohio State has officially begun their pursuit of a top linebacker prospect from Florida on Tuesday. That’s when they decided to send an early offer out to 2024 four-star linebacker Adarius Hayes of Largo (FL).
I Am Extremely blessed to receive an offer from Ohio State University @LargoFootball @CoachTonyAlford #TrustTheProcess #GoBuckeyes‼️ pic.twitter.com/1EXDhEVuWK— Adariushayes24 (@adariushayes24) September 21, 2021
After picking up an offer from the Buckeyes, the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder now holds offers from five programs across the country despite it being in the very early stages of his recruitment. Florida Atlantic, Florida State, Louisville, and Maryland are the other universities that have given a scholarship opportunity to the No. 6 linebacker in his class.
The latest offer to Hayes now makes him the third prospect from Florida in the 2024 recruiting class to receive an offer from the Buckeyes. Hayes joined four-star quarterback Adrian Posse of Monsignor Pace (FL) and four-star running back Stacy Gage of IMG Academy as other Sunshine State standouts with an early offer from Ohio State.
Harris down to seven, decision date set
One of the biggest targets that Ohio State is zeroing in on for next year’s class is 2023 five-star cornerback A.J. Harris of Glenwood School (AL). The Buckeyes were a team that made the initial cut for Harris back in July when he revealed a list of 13 schools in the lead for his services.
On Tuesday, Harris took to Twitter to announce a revised group of top schools after trimming off six programs and narrowing things down to seven going forward.
I seen the vision, I’m in it, and now I’m after greatness— Aaron-Joshua Harris (@Aj_harris04) September 21, 2021
I know that God got me so I practice patience. Officially Narrowing Down My Recruitment To These 7 Schools. @Hayesfawcett3 pic.twitter.com/3vRqVumVZi
As you can see in the tweet above, the Buckeyes once again make the cut for Harris, the No. 3 cornerback in the class. Ohio State also catches a glimpse of their competition going forward for Harris as they will have to outlast the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.
Harris also included when he will be making his collegiate decision in the revealing of his top schools. The No. 13 overall player in the class and No. 2 player from Alabama will put an end to his recruitment on Jan. 11th of next year. For now, the 247Sports Crystal Ball favors Clemson and Georgia, with the two programs splitting the predictions. However, it is worth mentioning that the Tigers are the team with the latest forecast — an indication that the Buckeyes likely have some catching up to do.
- According to Zack Carpenter of Lettermen Row and On3.com, Ohio State and Georgia are the two schools on top for 2023 four-star cornerback Kayin Lee of Cedar Grove (GA). The Ellenwood native is currently graded as the 14th-best player at the cornerback position for next year’s class.
- Ohio State head basketball coach Chris Holtmann spent his Tuesday in Kentucky checking out some of the best that the state has to offer. According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, Holtmann initially watched 2023 four-star combo guard George Washington III of Christian Academy of Louisville (KY) — the No. 42 overall player in the class. Weingarten also revealed that Holtmann stopped in to see 2023 four-star small forward Kaleb Glenn (No. 39) of Louisville Male (KY) and 2023 four-star combo guard Reed Sheppard (No. 34) of North Laurel (KY) later in the day.