The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Offers Tory Blaylock, Payton Pierce, Demello Jones, Julian Lewis, Jahmir Joseph, Quincy Porter

By Garrick Hodge on January 20, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Tory Blaylock

Ohio State continued its busy stretch on the recruiting trail the past 24 hours, extending six new offers to various prospects.

Two of the prospects offered are in the 2024 cycle, three are in the 2025 class and a quarterback that could very well be the best prospect in 2026. We’ll delve into each offer below.

Tory Blaylock

Thursday, Ohio State running backs coach Tony Alford made an offer to one of the top running backs in the 2025 class in four-star Texas prospect Tory Blaylock. 

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Blaylock is considered the 47th-best prospect and fifth-best running back in the 2025 class. He’s picked up more than 20 Division I offers thus far, including Arizona State, Baylor, Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UNLV and Wisconsin.

Blaylock is the son of former NFL running back Derrick Blaylock and the brother of Wisconsin safety Travian Blaylock. He also has another brother, Taylen, who plays safety at Sam Houston State.

Last season for Atascocita High School (Humble, Texas), Blaylock ran for 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns. 

Payton Pierce

At Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas), players don scarlet and gray jerseys. So, it only makes sense to offer its top starting linebacker and a top 155-prospect in the 2024 class, right?

Payton Pierce is the latest linebacker to pick up an Ohio State offer, with defensive coordinator Jim Knowles offering Pierce on Friday.

Pierce is considered the 153rd-best prospect and 15th-ranked linebacker in the 2024 class and holds close to 40 Division I offers. Other schools that have offered include Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Wisconsin.

Demello Jones

Jones has played multiple positions for Swainsboro High School (Swainsboro, Georgia), including running back, wide receiver and cornerback. However, Ohio State is interested in Jones’ potential at cornerback, as his offer came from cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. 

The 6-foot-1, 176-pound Jones does not hold a composite ranking but has picked up 15 Division I offers, including Alabama, Georgia, Colorado, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M and UCF. 

In 2022, Jones made 44 tackles and six pass breakups as a cornerback. Offensively, he ran for 1,279 yards on 122 carries (10.5 yards per carry) with 20 touchdowns while catching 14 passes for 382 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.

Julian Lewis

Lewis is the fifth player overall and the first quarterback the Buckeyes have offered in the 2026 class.

While no player in 2026 has a composite rankings yet, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound Lewis has a plethora of Division I offers, picking up nearly 30 just after the concluded freshman season. Some of his offers include Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas and Texas A&M. 

In his freshman season, Lewis had a breakout year for Carrollton High School (Carrollton, Georgia), leading his team to a 14-1 season and a state title appearance. He completed 283 of 432 passes for 4,118 yards and 48 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. Lewis also ran for 86 yards on 13 carries.

Jahmir Joseph

Like Jones, Joseph also plays multiple positions, including wide receiver and defensive back. In college, Joseph’s future is likely to be as a defensive back. He picked up his OSU offer on Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Joseph, who does not hold a composite ranking, has eight Division I offers, including Boston College, Duke, Georgia, Minnesota, Penn State, Rutgers and Syracuse. 

In 2022, Joseph racked up 43 tackles with three interceptions, 15 pass deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal for St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, New Jersey).

Quincy Porter

Continuing the trend of the day, Porter is another prospect capable of playing multiple positions, seeing time at wide receiver and defensive back for Bergen Catholic (Oradell, New Jersey). The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Porter picked up his Ohio State offer Friday.

Porter has racked up 11 Division I offers, including Boston College, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee and Syracuse. 

In 12 games last season, Porter caught 34 passes for 682 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, he picked off two passes.

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