Five Top Recruiting Storylines Surrounding This Weekend As Ohio State Prepares for Its Biggest Recruitment Opportunity Yet This Spring

By Garrick Hodge on March 25, 2023 at 8:35 am
Armstrong twins
Devontae and Deontae Armstrong

Ohio State has already hosted multiple key prospects on visits this spring.

But the Buckeyes haven’t had as many premier prospects on campus from various classes all at once like they will this weekend, starting Saturday morning for the Buckeyes’ first scrimmage of the spring and their fifth spring practice. 

More than 30 visitors are expected in Columbus this weekend, and we’ve outlined a projected visitor list below. Following the visitor list, we’ll take a look at some of the top storylines surrounding the weekend. 

In-state offensive line tandem returning to Columbus

Ohio State’s last commitment in the 2024 class was three-star in-state offensive lineman Marc Nave, one day after he visited campus. While no commitment date for the Armstrong twins is expected, the Buckeyes wouldn’t hate it if Devontae and Deonate Armstrong follow the Nave trajectory and pull the trigger shortly after the visit.

Speaking of Nave, he’ll also be back on campus for the first time since committing to the Buckeyes. One of Ohio State's other commitments, offensive tackle Ian Moore, is pushing for the Armstrongs to make their decisions soon.

Buckeyes get chance to make first impression on Kobe Black

One of the top cornerbacks in the 2024 class, five-star Texas prospect Kobe Black, will be making his first visit to Columbus this weekend.

Black, who was offered by Ohio State on Jan. 10, is one of the main cornerback targets the Buckeyes are pursuing this cycle, along with Bryce West, Aaron Scott, Charles Lester, Miles Lockhart and others. A successful visit this weekend would go a long way in getting Black to take an official visit to Columbus later this summer, which would at least give Ohio State a chance to land his commitment. Cornerbacks coach Tim Walton has a big weekend ahead of him. 

Ohio State welcoming back Dylan Stewart

Another five-star 2024 prospect will be on campus this weekend in Maryland defensive end Dylan Stewart. This will be Stewart’s first trip to Ohio State since he camped in Columbus last June, so Larry Johnson will also have his hands full in selling the Buckeyes to the prized prospect to seal Stewart taking an official visit to campus later this summer. Stewart has already visited Alabama and Michigan this spring, and plans to visit Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, Colorado, Oregon and Tennessee before June begins. 

Underwood makes second visit to Ohio State

While Ohio State hasn’t narrowed in on a 2024 quarterback yet (though that could change next weekend), the 2025 cycle seems pretty cut and dry to this point, as the Buckeyes have their eyes on two main targets: Ryan Montgomery and Bryce Underwood. 

The latter of whom will be on campus this weekend for the first time since picking up his Ohio State offer in December. It’s another opportunity for the Buckeyes to get to know the five-star signal caller, and perhaps could help set up the possibility for OSU to return the favor to Michigan by stealing a top in-state target after Ohio running back Jordan Marshall committed to the Wolverines

Several priority 2024 targets flocking to Columbus

Four-star Texas linebacker Payton Pierce will be making the trek back to Columbus, and this certainly feels like a recruitment Ohio State can win. The Buckeyes would like to take two tight ends in the 2024 class, and arguably their top target, Damarion Witten, will be at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center Saturday. Several top Maryland players are also expected to be in attendance, including defensive end Darien Mayo, wideout Elijah Moore, cornerback Ify Obidegwu and more. Moore isn’t the only top wide receiver target expected to be in Columbus, as Missouri prospect Jeremiah McClellan will also be at Ohio State.

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