The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Legacy Landon Pace Will Attend Notre Dame Game, Mason Short Hopes to Visit This Fall, Kayden McDonald Making Official Visit in September

By Garrick Hodge on August 10, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Landon Pace

An Ohio State legacy recruit has confirmed his next visit to Ohio State.

2025 tight end Landon Pace confirmed to Eleven Warriors this week he plans to attend Ohio State’s season opener against Notre Dame on Sept. 3.

Pace, the son of legendary Ohio State offensive tackle Orlando Pace, received his OSU offer on June 28, three weeks after camping with Ohio State. Pace was all smiles after receiving a call from Kevin Wilson with the good news. 

“I was expecting it because both coach Day and coach Wilson really liked how I performed (at camp),” Pace told Eleven Warriors after receiving the offer in June. “(Coach Wilson) was telling me that he liked my body control and my footwork. He’s recruiting me for me, and not for like my legacy or anything.”

Pace said his father was “pumped” upon hearing the news and has been a big influence on his life and progression in football. 

“(He’s taught) some blocking techniques and how to be a smarter player and make better decisions on the field and handle the little things,” Landon said.

Considering his lineage, it’s not a surprise Pace considers himself more of a blocking tight end than a receiving tight end at the moment, but he says his pass-catching ability is coming along well. 

Pace currently has five FBS offers, with Boston College, UConn, Missouri and West Virginia being the other four in addition to Ohio State. 

Short hopes to schedule Ohio State visit

One of Ohio State’s top offensive line targets in the 2025 class is hoping to schedule another visit to Columbus sometime this fall. 

Georgia offensive tackle Mason Short told Eleven Warriors this week he plans to attend one of Ohio State’s games this year, though he’s unsure which game it’ll be.

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Short was offered by OSU on April 7 after visiting Columbus for a spring practice. He’s racked up no shortage of offers thus far, already picking up offers from Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, Kentucky, Penn State and South Carolina. He has 12 Division I offers in total. 

McDonald plans to visit OSU in September

After Ohio State missed out on defensive tackle John Walker, the need remains for the Buckeyes to add a true defensive tackle to the 2023 class. They could be pivoting to four-star Georgia defensive tackle Kayden McDonald

McDonald, who visited Columbus last season for the Penn State game, told 247Sports he’d likely be taking an official visit to Ohio State sometime in September. 

“I’m going to take Ohio State and Georgia (visits) probably in September,” McDonald told 247Sports. “I really like how different coaches around the country say coach (Larry) Johnson is a mentor. So that speaks volumes for coach Johnson the impact he has on college football. He produces defensive linemen. Coach (Ryan) Day, he’s a great coach, a players coach. He cares for his players. That’s what I really like about him.”

McDonald told 247Sports the primary schools sticking out to him in his recruitment are Georgia, Oklahoma, Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State and Texas A&M. He’s planning on committing by the end of October. 

McDonald is considered the 290th-best prospect in the 2023 class and the 42nd-best defensive lineman per 247Sports’ composite rankings.

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