Ohio State’s football team has had a busy 48 hours. The Buckeyes learned their opponent and bowl game location on Sunday, and will now get to work preparing for Missouri. However, the news did not stop there, as Monday brought even more headlines for Ohio State.
Ryan Day’s program saw multiple players officially enter their names into the transfer portal, including starting quarterback Kyle McCord. The Buckeyes’ starting quarterback was not the only guy starter to enter his name into the portal, but he certainly stole many of the headlines — rightfully so. Land-Grant Holy Land is compiling a live, running list of Buckeyes that enter their names into the portal, so keep up with it here.
The transfer portal has proven that recruiting is never allowed a pause if a football program wants to remain elite. Fortunately for Ohio State, Day and his coaching staff know this as the Buckeyes made multiple recruiting headlines to start the week.
Jordan Seaton announces commitment date
Fresh off an official visit, 2024 five-star offensive tackle Jordan Seaton (Brandton, FL / IMG Academy) has announced a commitment date and a top six schools list.
BREAKING: Five-Star Plus+ OT Jordan Seaton tells me he will announce his Commitment on Thursday, December 7th— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) December 4, 2023
The 6’6 290 OT from Washington D.C. is ranked as the No. 1 OT in the ‘24 Class
Where Should He Go? https://t.co/CS5FVOR3GA pic.twitter.com/kX0vtTVuea
Alongside Ohio State, Seaton included Maryland, Oregon, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee as finalists in his recruitment which is scheduled to end this Thursday. Ohio State was once viewed as the leaders in Seaton’s recruitment, but the other remaining schools have made strong pushes late in the battle, especially Oregon and Tennessee.
The Buckeyes have long wanted to get Seaton on campus, and as was previously mentioned, Seaton finally was able to take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend. The elite talent had previously scheduled an official visit in November for the Michigan State game. However, because his high school team was still playing in the playoffs, he had to reschedule. Unfortunately for him and the Buckeyes, he was unable to do so for a gameday.
This led many to believe the Buckeyes chances in landing Seaton had dropped, which made sense. However, Ohio State seemingly impressed Seaton enough last weekend as they are still in contention to land him. Not only that, some believe Ohio State is among the leaders in his recruitment with the Ducks and Volunteers.
"I would go with Oregon, Ohio State and Tennessee..."— Josh Newberg (@josh_newberg) December 4, 2023
- @ChadSimmons_ says three teams in 5 ⭐️ Jordan Seaton's top-7 are trending above the rest
More Seaton talk: https://t.co/v9aNJOIxs8 pic.twitter.com/rzvRhyrsNU
Ohio State would love to add Seaton to its class, as the program has wanted to add an elite talent to its offensive line haul which includes four-star Ian Moore and three-stars Gabe VanSickle, Devontae Armstrong and his twin Deontae Armstrong.
Seaton is the No. 1 OT in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 15 overall prospect. He is also the No. 4 recruit out of the talent-rich state of Florida.
Ohio State a top 10 school for 2025 four-star DE
Ohio State is making the defensive line a position of importance in the 2025 recruiting class. Already, the Buckeyes have offered nearly 20 prospects along the defensive line. The team has yet to secure a commitment, but the hard work may soon payoff as the Buckeyes made the top-10 schools for four-star defensive end, Javion Hilson (Cocoa, FL / Cocoa).
Ohio State has some difficult competition for the blue-chip edge as Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and UCF all made the list for the 6-foot-3.5, 225-pound lineman.
Hilson was able to travel to Columbus in June to participate in a recruiting camp, and this visit helped him build a solid relationship with the Ohio State coaching staff. The Buckeyes will likely try and get him back on campus next year for another recruiting visit and then a visit during a gameday.
Hilson is the No. 7 DE in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 48 overall prospect. He is also the No. 6 recruit out of Florida.
Ohio State offers 2025 DL
Keeping with theme of the defensive line in the 2025 recruiting class, Ohio State officially offered four-star DL Jaylen Williams (Palatine, IL / Palatine) on Monday.
#AGTG!! Extremely blessed to receive an offer from The Ohio State university!!! ⚪️ @EDGYTIM @Rivals_Clint @R2X_Rushmen1 @OhioStateFB @JoshBostick8 @PHS_Football @AllenTrieu @LemmingReport @On3sports @adamgorney @TH3FBA pic.twitter.com/659tKHEJ9Y— Jaylen williams ✞ (@jay_williams55) December 4, 2023
The Buckeyes are not alone in their pursuit for Williams, as he holds offers from some of the nation’s top programs like Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, USC, Florida State, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee and Texas A&M. Currently, Michigan is the favorite to land him, but the Buckeyes will try and turn the tide now that they have offered him.
Williams has not yet made an Ohio State visit, but look for the Buckeyes to try and bring him in for a spring or summer recruiting visit next year. Williams is the No. 26 DL in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 228 overall prospect. He is also the No. 6 recruit out of Illinois.
- With all the news surrounding Kyle McCord transferring out of the program on Monday, there has been a lot of talk around Buckeye Nation on what the future of the quarterback position may hold for the Buckeyes. Ohio State 2024 five-star quarterback commit Air Noland took to X to provide as much relief as possible, reaffirming his commitment to Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.
I’m a 100% committed to— Pʀᴇɴᴛɪss Aɪʀ Nᴏʟᴀɴᴅ. (@AirNoland_) December 4, 2023
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- Noland was not the only talk Monday regards to the next Ohio State quarterback. Many believe the Buckeyes could now turn to the transfer portal themselves to replace McCord, and two of the names linked most with the Buckeyes are Duke QB Riley Leonard and Washington State QB Cam Ward.
Leonard seems to be favoring Notre Dame, but the Buckeyes are making a strong push. Ward, however, may take more time in deciding his next school, and he has an impressive list of suitors including Oregon, USC, Washington, Wisconsin, Miami, Florida State and others.
Still like #NotreDame here on the Crystal Ball.— Tom Loy (@TomLoy247) December 4, 2023
Schools like Ohio State, Auburn and others are making a strong, late push to pull him away from the Fighting Irish.
I feel good about the Irish here barring an unexpected last second change of heart@247Sports / @247SportsPortal https://t.co/3oR4V5INNJ