The positives keep on coming for the Ohio State football program, and Wednesday was a perfect example.
The Buckeyes are crushing it on the recruiting trail right now, but being able to bring back the best players on their current roster is just as important as any type of commitment. Seeing Denzel Burke, Jordan Hancock, and Donovan Jackson announce their plans to return for another year, the 2024 campaign shaping up to be a special one. If the last few remaining guys weighing their options decide the same, it very well could be the tipping point for a season to remember.
In the high school ranks, Wednesday proved to be another busy day where Ohio State found their name in the headlines — and all for good reasons. It’s hard to keep track of all the good vibes surrounding this team’s recruiting, and that’s all you can ask for in the offseason.
Decision date set, top schools announced
Tim Walton is absolutely crushing it in recruiting right now. Getting closer to becoming the Brian Hartline of the defensive side of the ball, Walton is bringing in elite defensive backs at an impressive rate, and is already off to an incredible start in the 2025 class.
The recent commitment of Devin Sanchez, the No. 1 cornerback in the country per 247Sports, of course takes most of the attention, but Walton has also already added Maryland native Blake Woodby, who is another top-10 cornerback and top-100 overall player, giving the Buckeyes a dynamic duo early on.
That said, the Buckeyes are looking for more, and know exactly where to find it in an Ohio native who is now in Texas, Dorian Brew. The No. 19 player nationally, Brew is the fourth ranked cornerback in the country per the 247Sports Composite, and has a decision date set for Jan. 24. Ohio State has quickly become the clear frontrunner in this recruitment, and whether its the Crystal Ball via 247Sports or the FutureCast for On3, the predictions are in favor of the Buckeyes landing Brew in the coming weeks, which would give Ohio State three top-10 corners nationally if that comes to fruition.
Walton is doing what he can right now to ensure the Buckeyes are able to hold on to this one. The other top suitors for Brew were listed on Wednesday as well, which included Penn State, Texas, Oregon, and Michigan. As noted, the rumblings of this recruitment seem to be pointing towards Columbus, and though there’s only about two weeks until it’s official, Ohio State is going to continue pitching why their the best fit. It certainly helps to have a player like Sanchez also doing his part, as those two have formed a strong relationship.
2025 receiver target shares top schools list
With the defensive side of the ball on fire right now with their momentum, let’s move back to the offense and discuss another big time target in the 2025 class who yesterday narrowed his recruitment down a bit by announcing a list of six remaining schools in the mix for his commitment.
Georgia native Edward Coleman looks ready to get closer to a decision, and Wednesday’s development of a few schools to choose from included Ohio State. The 60th ranked receiver in the country by 247Sports, Coleman may not have the ranking the fits what most Ohio State receiver targets have, but with offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Tennessee and a host of others, it’s probably safe to assume he’s due for an increase in status once the updated rankings are available.
Officially down to Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Ohio State, Coleman will work to narrow it down even further in the coming months. Ohio State does have one receiver committed in the 2025 class in Jayvan Boggs, but if the previous cycles tell us anything, we know the Buckeyes will have their pick of the litter before all is said and done.
- What could very well be the biggest development in college football this offseason, the news of Nick Saban’s retirement is still a little tough to comprehend considering his incredible run with Alabama. With how this can impact Ohio State though is of course in recruiting.
With the 30-day rule for players to enter the portal due to losing their head coach, surely Ohio State and any other smart program is going to be take a close look at where they may be able to benefit. The obvious name that people love to connect automatically is safety Caleb Downs.
First and foremost, this is not a guarantee that Downs will be looking to leave or will be in contact, but rumors of his Instagram followings and his one-time thoughts of Ohio State are going to continue to circulate through the social media apps. With the de-commitment yesterday of five-star 2024 receiver Ryan Williams, the aftermath is at least being felt in some capacity.
Ohio State will do their due diligence in where they may be able to take advantage, but just like the Buckeyes would, Alabama surely has a succession plan in place even with the near impossible task of replacing a legend such as Saban.
BREAKING: Five-Star Plus+ WR Ryan Williams tells me he has Decommitted from Alabama— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 10, 2024
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The Departure of Coach Saban & Wiggins played a major factor in his decision, Williams saidhttps://t.co/xI19QG2kaY pic.twitter.com/KQdMZBfCEd
- On the hardwood, Ohio State sent out their latest offer to in-state product Anthony Thompson. A 6-foot-7 guard and forward combo out of Lebanon, Thompson is not yet ranked via 247Sports, but with a offer from the Buckeyes now in hand, surely it won’t be long before his further on the map and other schools also come knocking at his door.