One of the fastest-rising linebackers in the 2025 class will be on campus for Ohio State’s contest against Michigan this weekend.
Four-star California linebacker Weston Port has confirmed he’ll make the trip to Columbus Saturday, which will be the 6-foot-1, 215-pound prospect’s second visit to OSU.
Port first visited OSU over the summer, and earned an offer from Ryan Day, becoming the third linebacker the Buckeyes had offered in the 2025 cycle.
“It was really impressive,” Port told Eleven Warriors of the visit in June. “All the coaches went out of their way to talk to me including coach Knowles and coach Day. They were super personable and I could tell the program was really well-run. All the staff and coaches were very friendly and organized. I got to see the campus, the football facilities and had a full rundown on how everything works.”
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Port is the 62nd-best prospect nationally and the eighth-best linebacker in the 2025 class. He’s picked up 21 Division I offers this far, including Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.
“(OSU is) honestly one of the biggest honors and most humbling experiences of my life as an athlete,” Port said of receiving his OSU offer. “To have coach Day make me that offer in person in his office was incredible.”
In 12 games for San Juan Hills High School (San Juan Capistrano, California) this season, Port racked up 97 tackles (23 for loss), 6.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and one pass deflection. In his freshman season, Port recorded 91 total tackles (25 for loss) with 12 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries and two pass deflections.
Davidson to visit OSU Saturday
Port won’t be the only high-profile 2025 prospect in attendance Saturday. Four-star Virginia running back Gideon Davidson is also expected to be in Columbus for OSU’s rivalry matchup against Michigan.
Thank you @CoachTonyAlford for inviting me to THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY game against the team from up north on Saturday. @BrianDohn247 @Birm @ChadSimmons_ @RivalsFriedman @adamgorney @AlPopsFootball @LCA_Football_ https://t.co/dh4epQcI2F— Gideon Davidson (@DavidsonGideon) November 20, 2022
This will be Davidson’s second gameday visit to OSU this fall, as he was in attendance for the season-opening win against Notre Dame.
“It was an epic experience,” Davidson told Eleven Warriors of his visit in September. “I connected with coach Tony Alford and met coach Day. The game staff was outstanding. The atmosphere here at the game was crazy good. The game was won in the second half by the running backs. Ohio State values the run game and I like that a lot. I will be back.”
Though Davidson does not hold a composite ranking, he’s considered the 19th-best prospect in 2025 per 247Sports and the top-rated running back. In the regular season for Liberty Christian Academy (Lynchburg, Virginia), Davidson ran for more than 1,400 yards on 140 carries with 23 rushing touchdowns. He has 13 Division I offers to this point, including Louisville, Miami, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina and USC.
Hobbs, Denmark to commit this week
This week will see a pair of prospects with Ohio State offers make commitments, though neither is expected to choose the Buckeyes.
Four-star 2024 wideout Tyseer Denmark plans to announce his commitment Thursday to honor his mother’s birthday and will choose between a top three of Oregon, Ohio State and Penn State. Oregon appears to be the likely destination for the Philadelphia product.
Meanwhile, four-star defensive lineman Daevin Hobbs will make a decision of his own on Friday and has a top six of North Carolina, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. OSU offered Hobbs late in the cycle in September and he made a visit to OSU for the Rutgers game, but the Buckeyes likely won’t be the hat he picks in the end. Although the Vols saw any hope of a College Football Playoff berth disappear into thin air after South Carolina annihilated their defense last week, help should at least be on the way as they’re expected to win this recruitment.