While the month of December was largely bad for Ohio State football as a whole, the start of 2024 has been much kinder to the Buckeyes. After just the first week of January, Ryan Day’s group has managed to land a five-star cornerback in the 2025 class, as well as one of the nation’s top transfer offensive linemen. In addition, there seems to be some smoke towards a star running back potentially joining the mix, but only time will tell...
Five-star 2025 CB Devin Sanchez commits to Ohio State
Ohio State and position coach Tim Walton picked up a major BOOOOOM on Saturday afternoon, as five-star cornerback Devin Sanchez announced his committment to the Buckeyes at halftime of the All-American Bowl. The No. 2 CB and No. 6 player overall in the 2025 class, per the 247Sports Composite, the 6-foot-2 Texas native chose Ohio State over Alabama and Texas A&M.
BREAKING: Five-Star CB Devin Sanchez tells me he has Committed to Ohio State!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 6, 2024
The No. 6 Recruit in the ‘25 Class chose the Buckeyes over Alabama & Texas A&M
“The Legacy Continues ”https://t.co/UE0KDO2ers pic.twitter.com/V2dme0LJ3q
“An Ohio State cornerback, he’s good at everything,” Sanchez told Eleven Warriors. “You can press, play off, that’s what they like to do. If you can do all of that and be great at it, you’ve got a chance to be on that cornerback wall and you’ve got a chance to be DBU here. There’s not that many schools where you can call it DBU, but Ohio State’s probably the No. 1 school. Just look at the guys in the league. It speaks for itself.”
The Buckeyes initially offered Sanchez last January, and he got to work with Walton in June at a recruiting camp. The talented DB returned to Columbus in October for the Penn State game, and while he continued exploring his options during his recruitment, Sanchez admitted that he has actually been a silent commit to Ohio State since Nov. 2.
“It feels good. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” Sanchez said after his commitment. “I’ve (been) quitely committed since November 2. I feel good about my decision. I feel good about what I am doing. The people at Ohio State, the coaches and what they’ve done the last few years. Winning is a big part of it. I don’t like losing. That’s a big part of my decision. I want to beat the team up north for sure and get to the playoffs. Beating the team up north is No. 1.”
Sanchez’s relationship with Walton and the chance to go up against Ohio State’s elite wide receivers were two of the biggest factors in his decision. His family also played a role, and while he will be a bit farther from home than they would probably like, his parents Deetra and Daniel — both of whom were former college athletes at UTEP — are very happy with his decision to commit to the Buckeyes.
“It started with building a relationship with whoever Devin was going to be around,” his mother Deetra told 247Sports. “We wanted him at a place he was going to be safe, be OK. I didn’t want to have sleepless nights. We wanted him to be around people who care about him, not just football. With Ohio State, it is a family atmosphere and the coaches are very respectful. I think it’s a great fit with coach Walton. He has a ton of experience and I really like the path, the trajectory he’s given us.”
Walton is on one heck of a recruiting run right now. After landing a trio of talented corners in the 2024 class in Aaron Scott, Bryce West and Miles Lockhart, he has already secured a pair of top-100 players at the position in 2025 with Sanchez and Blake Woodby. With a loaded position room in Columbus right now, Walton is doing a fantastic job in his quest to bring ‘BIA’ back to Ohio State.
Alabama transfer Seth McLaughlin commits to Ohio State
While Sanchez will have to wait a bit before rising to the college football ranks, the Buckeyes also brought in a guy who can help them on the field next season when former Alabama center Seth McLaughlin committed to Ohio State out of the transfer portal. A three-star prospect in the 2020 recruiting class, McLaughlin was ranked as the No. 1 IOL transfer and No. 5 offensive lineman transfer overall, per 247Sports.
BREAKING: Former Alabama OL Seth McLaughlin has Committed to Ohio State, he tells @on3sports— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 6, 2024
The 6’4 305 OL started all 14 games for the Crimson Tide in 2023
Will have 1 year of eligibility remaining https://t.co/dbJXHu2QEA pic.twitter.com/V0q6lzx8QB
McLaughlin’s name was obviously front and center recently for his less-than-stellar performance against Michigan in the Rose Bowl, but the 6-foot-4, 305-pound center started all 14 games for the Crimson Tide in 2023, and had started in 25 games total for Nick Saban over the last three seasons. A product of Buford High School in Georgia, McLaughlin hails from the same prep program as former OSU offensive lineman Harry Miller — whose job he took over once Miller graduated — as well as incoming freshman defensive lineman Eddrick Houston.
McLaughlin had some issues snapping the ball against the Wolverines, but has graded out well as a blocker over the course of his career, posting grades of 73.2 in 2021 and 74.3 in 2022. That number did curiously drop to 59.4 in 2023, but regardless McLaughlin brings with him experience as a multi-year starter in the SEC at an area of need for Ohio State. While he is likely to compete for the Buckeyes’ starting center job alongside Carson Hinzman and Joshua Padilla, he could also potentially move over to guard if needed.
- Rumors have been swirling that one of the biggest names in the transfer portal is heavily considering a move to Ohio State. Former Ole Miss running back Quinshon Judkins saw his name first connected to the Buckeyes when he began following numerous current players on Instagram, including fellow transfer Will Howard. On Sunday, those rumors gained even more traction when it was reported that Judkins was visiting Columbus. Rated as the No. 4 overall player in the transfer portal and No. 1 RB, the Alabama native rushed for over 2,700 yards and 31 TDs in his two seasons with the Rebels.
- While nearly all of the news surrounding Ohio State since the turn of the calendar has been positive, the Buckeyes did miss on one of their transfer portal targets over the weekend when former Troy offensive tackle Derrick Graham committed to Texas A&M. Graham visited Ohio State on Wednesday, and also made trips to Pittsburgh and Missouri before landing with the Aggies.
Texas A&M has landed a commitment from Troy offensive lineman Derrick Graham, he tells @247SportsPortal.— Chris Hummer (@chris_hummer) January 6, 2024
Graham started every game for Troy this season at left tackle. He picked the Aggies over Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Missouri. https://t.co/Svf2ZVa6bp pic.twitter.com/2Qonka1irP