Justin Frye has already made a big splash to start Ohio State’s 2024 offensive line class by landing the commitment of top-60 prospect Ian Moore.
OSU is hoping to keep that momentum in offensive line recruiting going and has made a favorable impression on four-star Washington, D.C. offensive lineman Jordan Seaton.
Seaton, one of the Buckeyes’ top targets in the 2024 class, was in attendance for the Michigan game Saturday and enjoyed his trip to Columbus.
“It was a very eventful visit,” Seaton told Eleven Warriors Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 287-pound Seaton is considered the 42nd-best prospect and the top-rated interior offensive lineman in the 2024 class, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He also was Crystal Balled to OSU on Wednesday by 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong. On Thursday, Seaton announced he’d be releasing his top schools soon.
TOP Schools will be dropping sooner than you think Which School has best fanbase ?? pic.twitter.com/WDs09jDYol— Jordan Seaton (@JordanSeaton_) December 1, 2022
Seaton has long had an interest in the Buckeyes, attending OSU's spring game in April then getting an offer from the Buckeyes in September. OSU is in daily contact with the top-50 prospect and is a surefire bet to be among Seaton's top schools when he releases them.
Bolden feels like “a priority” to Ohio State
Ohio State’s top safety target tin the 2024 class was back on campus Saturday for his second gameday visit of the season.
Five-star Georgia prospect KJ Bolden was in The Shoe for the first time since the season opener to watch the Buckeyes play their archrival. Bolden reaffirmed his strong interest in OSU after the visit even though the outcome of the game wasn’t what fans in Columbus hoped for.
“I enjoyed my time this weekend in Columbus,” Bolden told Eleven Warriors. “It’s not the outcome I expected, but it’s still go Buckeyes.”
Bolden said he felt prioritized by Ohio State’s coaching staff on his visit, a sentiment that went a long way with the top-rated safety prospect in 2024.
“I spoke with coach (Ryan) Day and (Perry) Eliano and the message was clear, that I am a priority and they need me,” Bolden said.
Hartline staying keeps a strength a strength
After a rough week for Ohio State following its second straight loss to Michigan, the Buckeyes got good news on Thursday as wide receivers coach Brian Hartline announced he plans on staying in Columbus after it was reported he’d interview for the open head coaching position at Cincinnati.
I am aware of the speculation surrounding my name connected to other vacant coaching positions and appreciate all of the support, but right now my heart is at Ohio State and I do not have any plans to go anywhere else. #GoBucks— Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) December 1, 2022
It’s worth bringing up in the Hurry-Up because Hartline staying is crucial to keeping the 2023 wide receiver class of Carnell Tate, Brandon Inniss, Noah Rogers and Bryson Rodgers intact, plus the Buckeyes get to keep their best individual recruiter on staff.
My boi https://t.co/cZoxxPSIoL— Brandon Inniss (@brandon5star2) December 1, 2022
Since the 2019 recruiting cycle, Hartline has landed 14 top-100 nationally ranked wideouts in their respective classes, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. That’s twice as many as the second-closest school. He’s added six top-50 prospects in that timeframe (that number was originally seven in June, but Tate has since fallen out of the top 50 in his national ranking).
With Hartline back in the fold, OSU should be set to land another outstanding receiver class in 2024 as the Buckeyes are in the mix with a number of top wideouts including Jeremiah Smith, Joshisa Trader, Mylan Graham, Ryan Pellum, Micah Hudson, Jeremiah McClellan and Elijah Moore.
Cornist to commit Dec. 21
A potential OSU running back target is waiting until the first day of the Early Signing Period to announce a commitment. Three-star Ohio running back Trey Cornist announced he’ll be making his decision on Dec. 21 at Winton Woods High School and will sign with that school on the same day.
I will be signing and choosing where i am attending on Early Signing Day. December 21st @ Wintonwoods HS. Open to the public. pic.twitter.com/NCUN7fJJvk— TREY CORNIST (@Treycornist) December 1, 2022
Cornist visited Ohio State last weekend for the Michigan game but has not yet been offered by OSU. With the Buckeyes still in pursuit of five-star running back Rueben Owens and three-star tailback Jamarion Wilcox, OSU may be waiting to see how those recruitments play out before deciding whether or not it will pull the trigger on Cornist. Cornist had a standout senior season for Winton Woods this fall, rushing for 1,629 yards on 181 carries with 27 touchdowns.