Ohio State has its first commitment in the 2025 class.
Jontae Gilbert, a cornerback entering his sophomore year at Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia, announced his commitment to the Buckeyes on Friday.
Gilbert chose the Buckeyes out of a list of early offers that also includes Arkansas, Buffalo, Florida A&M, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and UAB. As a prospect in the 2025 class, Gilbert does not yet have a composite recruiting ranking.
Ohio State became just the fourth school to offer Gilbert when it extended an offer his way on May 9. He visited Ohio State one month later and gave high praise to the Buckeyes after his visit, describing his visit as “amazing” and making plans to return in the fall.
Had a amazing visit cant wait to come back up in the fall #GoBuckeyes @CoachTimWalton @Coach_Eliano @CoachM_Patrick @ryandaytime @JeremyO_Johnson @Mansell247 @N_Murph @ChadSimmons_ @DemetricDWarren @adamgorney pic.twitter.com/IfZEMA36HC— Jontae Gilbert (@J7ontae) June 10, 2022
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Gilbert has lined up as both a cornerback and a safety for Douglass High School, where he played on the varsity squad as a freshman.
Although he still has three more years of high school football to play, Gilbert has already been invited to the 2025 Under Armour All-America Game, an indicator that he’s already viewed as one of the top cornerbacks in his class.
Gilbert becomes the third player from the state of Georgia – the home state of new cornerbacks coach Tim Walton – to commit to Ohio State in the last five weeks, joining fellow cornerback Kayin Lee and tight end Jelani Thurman in the 2023 class.
He becomes the first player to commit to Ohio State before the start of his sophomore year of high school since class of 2017 quarterback Danny Clark, who committed to the Buckeyes during his freshman year of high school but eventually ended up decommitting and signing with Kentucky.