The Hurry-Up: Ohio State 2025 Targets Noah Mikhail and Naeshaun Montgomery to Visit This Fall for the Penn State Game, Deontae and Devontae Armstrong Will Play on ESPN Sunday

By Garrick Hodge on August 25, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Noah Makhil

One of the class of 2025’s top linebackers is planning his next Ohio State visit.

Four-star California prospect Noah Mikhail told Eleven Warriors he plans on attending the Buckeyes’ contest against Penn State on Oct. 21. 

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound linebacker is considered the 50th-best player nationally and eighth-rated linebacker per 247Sports’ composite rankings. The Buckeyes offered him on April 6 after he visited Columbus for a spring practice. 

“Coach Ryan Day offered me, and it was while I was sitting down with him talking about football philosophies,” Mikhail said after he received his Ohio State offer. “I was very excited, and it was an honor to receive the offer. I just wanna keep building relationships with the coaches. I definitely will try to get down there again.”

In 10 games last season for Bonita High School (La Verne, California), Mikhail racked up 112 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, three sacks, one quarterback hurry, four pass deflections and three forced fumbles. Mikhail racked up nine tackles, three quarterback hurries and a pass deflection last week in his team’s season-opening win.

Armstrong twins to play in nationally televised contest Sunday

Just as five-star Ohio State quarterback commit Air Noland got to play on national television last weekend, 2024 offensive linemen commitments Devontae and Deontae Armstrong will also get a chance to play on a big stage this weekend. 

St. Edward is scheduled to take on Maryland powerhouse Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Maryland) at 1 p.m. on Sunday on ESPN. In addition to the twins, Ohio State 2025 four-star safety target Faheem Delane will play in the contest for Good Counsel, along with former wide receiver target Elijah Moore, who committed to Florida State this summer. 

Meanwhile, Ohio State 2024 commit Jordan Lyle will also have the chance to showcase his talents on a big stage, as he and St. Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) will face California powerhouse St. John Bosco on Saturday. The country’s No. 1 wide receiver, Ohio State commit Jeremiah Smith, and Chaminade-Madonna Prep will face a Maryland powerhouse of his own in St. Frances Academy on Saturday. 

Ohio State commits Max LeBlanc and Jaylen McClain may be future teammates one day, but they were opponents on Friday – in Dublin, Ireland, of all places. LeBlanc and Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tennessee) bested McClain and Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, New Jersey), 42-7, on Friday. LeBlanc caught a touchdown in the contest. 

Naeshaun Montgomery to visit OSU for Penn State game

Mikhail won’t be the only big-name visitor for the Buckeyes’ contest against the Nittany Lions. Four-star 2025 wideout Naeshaun Montgomery has also confirmed to Eleven Warriors he plans on visiting Columbus for Ohio State's biggest home game of the year. 

Montgomery is considered the 79th-rated prospect and the 12th-best wideout in 2025 and the Florida prospect was offered by Ohio State on May 24.

“(Coach Brian Hartline) said he knows there’s a lot of coaches that are on me right now, but he wants to jump on me right now because I have a great skill set, and I could definitely fit in their program,” Montgomery said after he was offered by Ohio State. “I’m definitely grateful, because what I’m hearing from my coach is that Hartline definitely knows what he’s doing. He’s produced a lot of receivers to the league and I know he can definitely get me to the next level if I go there.”

Last season, Montgomery had 251 receiving yards and eight touchdowns on 16 catches while helping Cardinal Newman (West Palm Beach, Florida) win 11 games. On the field, Montgomery has lined up as both an outside and a slot receiver.

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