The Buckeyes are coming off a successful recruiting weekend, which saw them earn a commitment from 2025 five-star cornerback Devin Sanchez. The news didn’t stop there as the team also earned a commitment from former Alabama center Seth McLaughlin transfer to the Buckeyes from the transfer portal. Ohio State has also made headlines for bringing back multiple talents from this past season’s team, that could have left to test NFL waters.
The positive news surrounding Ohio State continued Monday, as the Buckeyes learned they are trending in the right direction for a couple of blue-chip prospects in both the 2025 and 2026 recruiting classes.
First, 2025 four-star defensive end Zahir Mathis (Philadelphia, PA / Imhotep Institute) announced Monday that he will be committing this Wednesday, in what looks to be good news for the Buckeyes.
Committing Wednesday— Zahir Mathis (@ZahirMathis5) January 8, 2024
Ohio State has long been recruiting Mathis, and he attended a summer recruiting camp with the Buckeyes in June. The Buckeyes were not alone though, as he also visited with multiple other programs like Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson and South Carolina. However, there had been no real updates in his recruitment since the summer.
That all changed Monday, when multiple 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions were submitted for Mathis favoring Ohio State. These predictions are not guarantees, but they do provide a great insight into what a recruit is currently feeling in his recruitment. Additionally, the two predictions were submitted by 247Sports Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong and 247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn. When these two are on the same page, the smoke typically leads to fire — especially considering Mathis’ commitment announcement.
Mathis is the No. 5 DE prospect in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 37 overall prospect. He is also the No. 1 recruit out of Pennsylvania.
Ohio State is not only trending for Mathis though, as the Buckeyes also received a 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for 2026 five-star quarterback Jared Curtis (Nashville, TN / Nashville Christian School). The prediction was cast by Tom Loy, and it is the second prediction favoring the Buckeyes for Curtis, joining Steve Wiltfong who cast his on Dec. 23.
That same day Wiltfong cast his prediction, Curtis cut his list of suitors to six from 10. Ohio State was one of the schools to make the cut, joined by Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Texas A&M.
Curtis has not yet indicated publicly that there is a leading school, nor has he hinted at a commitment date. Despite this, the Buckeyes have to love where they sit with him. Curtis is the No. 2 QB in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the No. 20 overall prospect. He is also the No. 1 recruit out of Tennessee.
- Ohio State made the cut for 2025 three-star running back over the weekend when Jeff Overton (Woodbridge, VA / Freedom) announced his top 10 schools. Alongside Ohio State, Overton included Duke, Wake Forest, NV State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Pitt, West Virginia and Stanford.
❓ Let’s Turn it up a notch @CoachOvertonJ @OvertonCoach @336Edits @RivalsFriedman @On3Recruits @TerpsFootball @DukeFOOTBALL @WVUfootball @FootballNCState @OhioStateFB @Commit2Cuse @Pitt_FB @UVAFootball @HokiesFB @WakeFB pic.twitter.com/OMSryb7LNr— Jeffrey Overton Jr (@JeffreyOverton1) January 8, 2024
- The Ohio State football team is not the only program hitting the recruiting trail headfirst, as Chris Holtmann and the Ohio State men’s basketball team also made the cut for a top prospect on Monday. 2025 four-star shooting guard Dorian Jones (Cleveland, OH / Richmond Heights) announced his 10 schools and Ohio State was on the list. Alongside the Buckeyes, Jones included USC, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Rutgers, Missouri, Alabama, Oklahoma, Illinois and Houston.