With the lifting of the dead period last Friday, Ohio State’s coaches have been all over the country visiting various prospects from several classes.
But one of the biggest visits the staff will take will come Friday, as Ryan Day, quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis and newly-promoted offensive coordinator Brian Hartline will visit 2024 five-star quarterback Jadyn Davis, per a report from 247Sports.
While Davis has five 247Sports Crystal Ball projections to Michigan, the Buckeyes will work to rekindle their relationship with the North Carolina prospect following the decommitment of Dylan Raiola in December. At one point last spring, OSU was considered front runners for both Davis and Raiola before pivoting solely to focus on Raiola. Day and company will fight hard to get back in the race for the 6-foot-1, 192-pound product, while North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia are also continuing to show interest as well.
Meanwhile, OSU coaches have had several other visits of note this week. Day visited OSU targets Aaron Chiles, Elijah Moore, Faheem Delane and Darien Mayo at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Olney, Maryland) on Wednesday, along with stopping by Dexter School (Brookline, Massachusetts) to check in on four-star offensive tackle Liam Andrews on Thursday.
Campus is buzzing this time of year thanks to @gcfootball . @CoachDaneSmith and Head Coach @ryandaytime @OhioStateFB.— GoodCounsel_Lacrosse (@GC_BoysLacrosse) January 18, 2023
No better time to be a Falcon! #TraditionLivesHere pic.twitter.com/OfWDOwqUx1
Not a bad start to the day with the HC of the Buckeyes @ryandaytime @OhioStateFB making a visit to campus this morning! pic.twitter.com/d29AzXmxHg— Dexter Southfield Football (@DXSF_FB) January 19, 2023
Running backs coach Tony Alford, who handles Florida recruiting for OSU, swung by Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Florida) on Wednesday to check in on recent Buckeyes offer Terrance Moore. Moore may only be considered a three-star recruit by 247Sports’ composite rankings, but has blown up of late, receiving offers from OSU, Alabama and Georgia. Sounds familiar in recent Ohio State recruiting (cough, cough, Bryson Rodgers), doesn’t it?
Its always a GREAT day when THE @OhioStateFB & @CoachTonyAlford is in the building #NoShortcuts pic.twitter.com/a2nzXXYYGW— Will McClain (@CoachMcClain73) January 18, 2023
Butler puts Ohio State in his top 13
A highly-touted cornerback in the 2024 class has re-opened his recruitment. Four-star California prospect Aaron Butler, who recently decommitted from USC earlier this month, released a top-13 list Wednesday as he begins his process all over again. The teams in the running for Butler include Ohio State, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan, Colorado, Oregon, Georgia, Tennessee, LSU, Washington, Alabama, Texas A&M and yes, USC again.
BREAKING: Four-Star CB Aaron Butler is down to 13 Schools!— Hayes Fawcett (@Hayesfawcett3) January 18, 2023
The 61 170 CB from Calabasas, CA is ranked as a Top 100 Player in the 24 Class.https://t.co/8h39KdTA3m pic.twitter.com/DKS1X5GJaC
Butler is considered the 65th-best prospect nationally, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. At Calabasas High School (Calabasas, California), Butler is a two-way player, also playing wide receiver. In his junior season, Butler racked up 15 tackles, four pass break-ups and one interception at cornerback and 830 yards with 13 touchdowns as a receiver.
Scott to visit OSU this weekend
Ohio State is expected to host several recruits on a visit this Saturday. One of the confirmed visitors for the weekend is Cincinnati 2025 defensive back Jai’mier Scott.
I will be at The Ohio State University on Saturday January 21st ! #GoBucks #WANTMORE #FEGO @CoachJMStevens @bzdebski @CoachTimWalton @OhioStateFB @OhioPrepsRivals @etwill21 @CoachJFrye pic.twitter.com/50lNBBgC9L— jaimier scott (@JaimierScott) January 18, 2023
Scott visited OSU for a bowl practice in December and will be back on campus a month later. The 6-foot-1, 177-pound prospect doesn’t hold an OSU offer as of yet, but has picked up six Division I offers in total, including Akron, Cincinnati, Penn State, Purdue, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
Stone says OSU is “easily in his top two”
In case you missed it, last week Ohio State offered a top-10 prospect nationally in the 2024 class and the second-ranked defensive lineman in five-star prospect David Stone Jr.
Eleven Warriors caught up with Stone, who spoke very highly of Ohio State, saying the Buckeyes are “easily top two” for him at the moment.
“I’ve been a fan since I was growing up,” Stone said of the Buckeyes. “I used to watch them on TV, a lot of their games came up in Oklahoma for some reason. I’ve always been a fan of theirs. One of my first games watching them was against Wisconsin sometime in the late 2000s. And then of course with coach Johnson, that’s D-line U. He’s one of the best defensive line coaches in the country.”
With the offer, Stone slots right into Ohio State’s priority targets for interior defensive lineman, right alongside five-star Chicago product Justin Scott. The race for Stone figures to be a three-horse race between Oklahoma, Michigan State and Ohio State.