The college football season has now come to a close, and it was one many Ohio State fans will want to forget — or at least hope it is something to learn from. While the season may be over, the Buckeyes’ coaching staff is still hard at work.
Since the start of the New Year, Ohio State has seen multiple players forgo a chance to test the NFL Draft waters in favor of returning for another year. Combined with the incoming recruiting class — one that ranks top 5 nationally — the Buckeyes should have one of the best rosters in college football.
Ohio State’s 2024 recruiting class has virtually been wrapped up since the end of the Early Signing Period. However, with multiple coaching changes occurring last week, a good number of recruits have elected to de-commit and reopen their recruitment.
Recruiting never ends for Ohio State, and once again, the Buckeyes made the recruiting headlines on Monday.
Ohio State a top school for 2025 CB
Ohio State is not only working on next year’s roster, as the coaching staff is also busy recruiting the 2025 class. The Buckeyes already hold six verbal commitments in the class, and are hoping to add to that as soon as possible.
On Monday, the Buckeyes moved potentially one step closer in earning a commitment from four-star cornerback Mark Zackery (Indianapolis, IN / Ben Davis) when he included Ohio State in his top 10 schools.
Alongside Ohio State, Zackery included Cincinnati, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, Purdue, Penn State, USC and Tennessee in his top schools.
Ohio State has long been recruiting Zackery, officially offering him last summer. He was also able to visit with Columbus multiple times last season. The Buckeyes will look to get him back multiple times this year, including for an in-game atmosphere.
The close proximity combined with his relationship with the coaching staff has Ohio State in a great spot in Zackery’s recruitment. However, they are not alone, and Notre Dame is also viewed as a top contender to land him; they have also gained some recent momentum in his recruitment.
The Irish have the lone 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Zackery, and it was cast just last week by 247Sports Director of Football Recruiting, Steve Wiltfong. There is still plenty of time left in his recruitment, but the Buckeyes will look to overtake the Irish as favorites before he commits.
The Buckeyes have already earned two commitments at cornerback in the 2025 class in five-star Devin Sanchez and high four-star Blake Woodby. Zackery would make for an excellent addition alongside these two.
Zackery is the No. 23 CB in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 167 overall prospect. He is also the No. 2 recruit out of Indiana.
- Ohio State is preparing to play host to a handful of recruits in both the 2025 and 2026 recruiting classes this weekend. The list continued to grow Monday as 2026 Ohio cornerback Elbert Hill (Akron, OH / Archbishop Hoban) announced he would be making his way down to Columbus this weekend.
Hill does not yet have a star-ranking yet from 247Sports, but he does hold claim to an impressive offer sheet. Hill holds offers from the likes of Akron, Colorado, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Pitt, Tennessee, West Virginia, etc.