While the recruiting visitor list for Saturday may not have been as extensive as the Notre Dame and Wisconsin games, there were still some notable high-caliber prospects in attendance for the Rutgers contest.
One such prospect was four-star 2024 Georgia tight end Kylan Fox, who made his second trip to Columbus last weekend.
“The atmosphere was great,” Fox told Eleven Warriors. “OSU executed in all aspects of the game and the coaches took good care of me.”
It will come as no surprise that offensive lineman commitment Luke Montgomery was at Saturday’s game and out in full force as a peer recruiter. He spent a good portion of his time pregame with Fox.
“Luke was just getting to know me and telling me the opportunities there are at Ohio State,” Fox said.
Fox earned his offer from OSU after attending a recruiting camp on June 21, where he worked out as both a tight end and a defensive lineman. He had been recruited for both positions by OSU since his offer, but recently, the Buckeyes have been focusing more on Fox’s potential at tight end.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect said he and Kevin Wilson talk anywhere between two and three times a week. Wilson told Fox he plans on visiting Fox in Georgia during Ohio State’s bye week next week.
“The highlight of my visit was definitely seeing OSU tight ends be heavily involved,” Fox said. “It shows that they are a huge impact in the offense.”
Other visits Fox has on his docket for this fall include Alabama, Florida State, N.C. State and a few others. He said he’s unsure about his commitment timeline, as he is still taking everything in regarding the recruiting process, but it’s likely OSU will be in this battle until the end.
“Ohio State is very high on my list,” Fox said.
Carter picks up OSU offer
North Carolina four-star 2023 defensive lineman Daevin Hobbs wasn’t the only 2023 prospect to pick up a late offer from Ohio State last week. The Buckeyes also offered four-star linebacker/running back Arion Carter on Friday, who has seen a surge in his recruitment over the last month.
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2023 LB @ArionCarter out of @smyrnafootball has received a huge @bigten offer from @OhioStateFB this evening as he prepares to play tonight. #TNSelectTraining #D1HighlightsPrepNews #OhioState #Buckeyes pic.twitter.com/2DihMXsGef
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound prospect from Smyrna, Tennessee, is a two-way player at his high school, and the Buckeyes could have interest in him at either position. Carter committed to Memphis in July, but in September alone, got offers from the likes of Alabama, Auburn, USC, Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Oregon, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Louisville, California and now Ohio State.
Carter is considered the 393rd-best prospect in the 2023 class according to 247Sports’ composite rankings and has nearly 30 Division I offers in total.
In six games this season, Carter has racked up 566 yards on 92 carries (6.2 yards per carry) and scored 12 touchdowns. Defensively, he’s accumulated 48 tackles (two for loss), with three sacks, three pass deflections, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
Scott puts OSU “at the top” after his visit
Ohio State just offered five-star Illinois defensive lineman Justin Scott on Sept. 5, but the Buckeyes are already making an impression on the 2024 standout.
After planning on making his first trip to OSU for the Wisconsin game, Scott had to reschedule and instead visited Columbus Saturday for the 49-10 victory over Rutgers. While on his trip, Scott met with Ryan Day, Larry Johnson and Mark Pantoni, among others. The visit certainly left a lasting impact on the five-star talent.
“I’d say definitely (Ohio State) shot up to the top,” Scott told On3. “After that visit, my interest is definitely going up a lot.
“With coach Day, he was telling me that they really want me at Ohio State and that I could be really successful, do whatever I want and do whatever dreams I had and I could achieve whatever at Ohio State. And Coach Johnson was just telling me about being one of the best coaches in the country, him just letting me know that if I really want to go to the NFL, that Ohio State is the place for me to go.”