The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Offers Top-50 2025 Offensive Tackle Josh Petty, No. 2 2026 QB Jared Curtis Puts OSU in His Top 10

By Garrick Hodge on September 4, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Josh Petty

Ohio State has offered one of the top offensive tackles in the 2025 class.

Four-star Georgia prospect Josh Petty picked up an offer from the Buckeyes on Friday, making him the 15th offensive tackle OSU has offered in the cycle. Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Petty is considered the 42nd-best prospect and the sixth-ranked offensive tackle in the 2025 class. 

The 6-foot-5, 262-pound Petty holds nearly 30 Division I offers, including Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. 

Petty is a multi-sport athlete who also participates in track and field and wrestling. As a sophomore, Petty was a state champion wrestler with a 29-3 overall record. 

Jared Curtis puts OSU in top 10

One of OSU’s top quarterback targets in the 2026 class has started to narrow down his recruitment. Tennessee prospect Jared Curtis released a top 10 schools list on Monday consisting of Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.

Curtis was offered by OSU on May 25, throwing for 2,285 yards and 27 touchdowns to eight interceptions as a freshman. He completed nearly 60 percent of his passes, completing 123 in 208 attempts.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Curtis, ranked as the No. 10 prospect and No. 2 quarterback in the country, is one of two uncommitted quarterbacks in the 2026 cycle the Buckeyes have offered, along with Florida signal caller Will Griffin. Julian Lewis, the No. 1 overall prospect in 2026, is the only other quarterback OSU has offered in addition to Curtis and Griffin, but the Georgia product committed to USC in August. 

Jadon Perlotte talks to OSU daily

Four-star Georgia 2025 linebacker Jadon Perlotte may be committed to Georgia, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking to other schools. Per On3, Perlotte may be having second thoughts about his commitment to the Bulldogs.

“I have mixed feelings,” Perlotte told On3. “I am committed to Georgia, but I am still looking. Alabama called me six times on Friday. Auburn, Florida State and Ohio State are talking to me every day. I still have some time and I have a lot to think about.”

Perlotte committed to Georgia on Dec. 8, but has been rumored to have heavy interest in Florida State over the last month or so. His teammate at Buford High School, five-star 2024 safety KJ Bolden, committed to the Seminoles on Aug. 5. It’s unclear if he’ll visit OSU this fall.

Ohio State offered Perlotte in June 2022 after he impressed Jim Knowles at a recruiting camp in Columbus. 

“Coach Day told me I’m one of their top priorities in the 2025 class,” Perlotte told Eleven Warriors shortly after he received his offer. “(Ohio State is) definitely top-three right now. It’s a family culture. I love it.”

Nigel Smith to commit Friday

A longtime Ohio State defensive end target is ready to announce his college decision. Four-star Texas prospect Nigel Smith will announce his commitment at 8:25 p.m. (ET) on Friday before he competes in his third game of the season for Melissa High School (Melissa, Texas). 

Smith took an official visit to OSU on June 2 and the Buckeyes have been interested in the Texas standout for nearly two years.

“They got a lot deeper into how things are looking for the depth chart and things like that,” Smith told Eleven Warriors after his official visit. “It just seems like a lot of these schools that I’ve been to, the 2024 class is key for defensive line recruiting because everybody is graduating or going to the league. Coach Larry Johnson made this whole presentation about a three-and-a-half-year plan for me because he thinks I’ll be one of those dudes. We talked about how he recruits four defensive linemen in units and goes out and finds the top four to five defensive linemen in the nation. That’s me and a couple other of those kids. Those kids that are juniors at Ohio State now, they’re going to be gone. So if I went to Ohio State I’d be coming in as a second-string player.”

The Buckeyes are considered to be a longshot to land Smith at this point, though, as Oklahoma is seen as the overwhelming favorite for Smith in the recruiting industry. 

Friday night highlights

Ohio State 2024 tight end commit Damarion Witten continues to have a strong start to his season, as he ran 32 yards to the end zone in style for Glenville on Friday. Unfortunately for Witten and fellow OSU commit Bryce West, Glenville’s 17-game winning streak ended with a 24-16 loss to Avon.

Witten’s fellow 2024 Ohio State tight end commit, Max LeBlanc, caught two touchdowns in a 51-21 victory for Baylor School (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

OSU 2024 linebacker commitment Payton Pierce may be headed to Columbus for his ability on the defensive side of the ball, but Pierce is also effective on offense as well. 

Quarterback commit Air Noland and Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Georgia) suffered their first loss of the season, with Noland completing 16 of 28 passes for 196 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in a 30-27 defeat. 

Buckeyes 2025 quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair threw for two touchdowns in a 45-14 victory over Licking Heights as Bellefontaine bounced back from a loss to Coldwater one week earlier.

Both of OSU’s 2024 five-star wide receiver commits were dominant Friday as Mylan Graham caught nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, while Jeremiah Smith recorded eight catches for 93 yards with one touchdown. 

Five-star defensive lineman Eddrick Houston helped lead Buford High School (Buford, Georgia) to a 45-28 victory by tallying five tackles (one for loss), one quarterback hurry and a blocked field goal. 

While 2025 Ohio quarterback Ryan Montgomery and Ohio State may be headed in different directions, the Findlay signal-caller had a performance worthy of recognition on Friday, as he completed 32 of 37 passes for a school-record 491 yards and six touchdowns. His passing yardage total broke Findlay’s single-game school record, previously held by some guy named Ben Roethlisberger.

The best stats you’ll ever see from a recruit in a losing effort

Finally, this isn’t Ohio State recruiting-related whatsoever, but if I told you a quarterback accounted for 807 total yards and 10 total touchdowns, what would you have guessed the final score of his team’s game was? 

Well, unfortunately for Texas Tech 2024 quarterback commit Will Hammond and Hutto High School (Hutto, Texas), they fell just short of victory in an 82-80 loss to Liberty Hill. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say he’s about ready to play for the ghost of Kliff Kingsbury’s Texas Tech past already.

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