When Jett White stepped on Ohio State’s campus for the first time Monday, he was blown away.
The four-star 2025 California cornerback was impressed after seeing what the Buckeyes had to offer and thought his time spent in Columbus was memorable.
“I thought it was great, to be honest,” White told Eleven Warriors of his visit. “First class facilities and staff for my first time in Columbus.”
God is good after a great unofficial visit to Thee and a great 1on1 talk with coach @CoachTimWalton i am blessed to have been offered a scholarship to @OhioStateFB thanks to coach @CoachDuHart for believing in me and connecting the dots #GoBucks @GregBiggins @NILSPORTSMGT pic.twitter.com/Q5V90fFYCb— Jett White (@G6Arron) March 20, 2023
The highlight of his visit was meeting with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton, who extended an Ohio State offer to the top-65 prospect.
“I was extremely excited to get that offer,” White said. “(Coach Walton) told me he liked my length, smoothness and athletic ability. This offer ranks near the top (of my list).”
Monday was White’s first time speaking with Walton, but he had a prior relationship with Ohio State program assistant Gerren DuHart, who joined the team's staff in the offseason after coaching at Michigan State. White said DuHart introduced him to Walton on the visit.
Thus far in his recruitment, White has picked up more than 40 Division I offers, including USC, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Texas A&M. In his sophomore season, White made 33 tackles and two interceptions.
“My best ability would be playing boundary cornerback, bump and run with my length and reach,” White said. “I can get hands on wide receivers, disrupt timing and smother a wideout’s catch radius.”
Following the visit, White said he’s already planning on making two more trips back to Ohio State, one for a gameday visit this fall and the other in the spring of 2024. As for what the Buckeyes can continue to do to impress him, White said it's not complicated – just be honest and true.
“Honestly just being able to keep it 100 with me,” White said. That’s the main thing. Don’t lie to me because your words are everything to me.”
Eli Owens picks up Ohio State offer
Ohio State handed out three offers to prospects in the 2025 class Monday, and on Tuesday, the Buckeyes were back at it in that cycle, offering four-star Tennessee prospect Eli Owens.
After an outstanding visit, Im beyond blessed to receive an offer from THE Ohio State University!!!!! @CoachKee @NCEC_Recruiting @NatlPlaymkrsAca @supermax100_ @alcoafootball @scoop1914 @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/O9GndS7tg4— Eli Owens (@Eli_Owens19) March 21, 2023
“The visit left me speechless,” Owens told Eleven Warriors. “I was amazed at everything they had to offer. I thought coach Ryan Day was a really down-to-earth guy and believes what he says. I loved the way coach (Keenan Bailey) coached. They said I was a versatile player and they really liked that, they could see me playing on the field anywhere at any time when they really needed me which was cool.”
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Owens plays both linebacker and tight end for Alcoa High School (Alcoa, Tennessee), but the Buckeyes are primarily focused on Owens’ ability at tight end. Last season, Owens caught 45 passes for 501 yards with six touchdowns while averaging 11.1 yards per catch.
Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Owens is considered the 71st-rated player in the 2025 class. He’s picked up 14 Division I offers, including Alabama, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
Owens said he plans on returning to Columbus for Ohio State’s spring game on April 15.
Maryland transfer DT Tank Booker visiting Ohio State Tuesday
High school prospects weren’t the only ones featured among Tuesday’s Ohio State spring recruiting visitors, as Maryland transfer defensive tackle Tank Booker was also in attendance at the Buckeyes' practice.
— Tank Booker (@arbj14_) March 21, 2023
Booker is from Cincinnati and played high school football at Winton Woods, the same school current Buckeyes Miyan Williams and Jermaine Mathews attended. He completed his redshirt junior year at Maryland last season with 25 total tackles (4 for loss) with a pass deflection, two forced fumbles and two sacks.
He announced his departure from Maryland on March 6.
Forever Grateful. Thank you Terp Nation pic.twitter.com/iaNJBL9fws— Tank Booker (@arbj14_) March 6, 2023
Justin Scott locks in official visit for June 23-25
A priority Ohio State defensive tackle target for the 2024 class has locked in an official visit with the Buckeyes. Per Rivals, five-star defensive tackle Justin Scott has set official visits to both Georgia (June 2-4) and Ohio State (June 23-25).
Scott was scheduled to commit in January, but the Chicago prospect pushed back his decision date to an unspecified time. Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Scott is considered the 11th-best player and third-rated defensive lineman in the 2024 class. Notre Dame, USC and Alabama are other schools thought to be heavily in the mix for Scott.