The Hurry-Up: Five-star 2026 Wideout Aaron Gregory Was Impressed by Ohio State and Calls It "WRU," Four-star 2025 LB Tarvos Alford Puts OSU in His Top 10

By Garrick Hodge on October 27, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Aaron Gregory

One of the nation’s top wideouts in the 2026 class relished his Ohio State visit last week, when he was in attendance at Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ 20-12 victory over Penn State.

A day later, five-star Georgia prospect Aaron Gregory earned an Ohio State offer.

“I thought it was really good. I loved the atmosphere,” Gregory told Eleven Warriors of his Ohio State visit. “I got to talk to coach Hartline about everything with the receivers. Overall, it was a great visit. I loved it."

“(Hartline) was talking about how all his players have that connection with him on a personal level,” Gregory said. “That meant something to me because, as a player, you want to go where that bond is there. He was going over some things about my skill set and everything. But what got to me was the personal side; he told me he wanted me to meet his family, and he wanted to meet my family so we could be on that same level. He told me (he loves) the way I move, and he told me he loves my film.”

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound prospect is considered the 16th-best player in the 2026 class. Gregory has picked up 30 offers so far, including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and Tennessee. Ohio State is one of the schools that stands out, Gregory said.

“It’s Wide Receiver U,” he explained. “So I was just like, dang, WRU sees my talent. It meant a lot to me. When you think of Ohio State, you think of wide receivers. Almost all of the top receivers (in the NFL) have come through Ohio State. So that just means I have a chance to be a top receiver.” 

This season, Gregory has caught 26 passes for 453 yards with four touchdowns. He believes his statistics are proof of what he can do on the field in high school and at the next level.

“I feel like I can spread the field a lot,” Gregory said. “I can spread the field a lot and get up on a DBs toes and get into space and make something happen.” 

Saturday was Gregory’s second visit to Ohio State, with the other coming last season for the Indiana game in November. 

“This one was better because last time I was younger, so they couldn’t really talk to me much,” Gregory said comparing the two visits. “But now it’s picking up because they want to be able to actually call me and contact me (down the road).” 

Gregory said the bond he develops with coaches will be instrumental in his decision of where he attends school, along with how early he could possibly see the field in his collegiate career. He doesn’t have any specific commitment timeline in mind, though he did say he’s starting to think about narrowing down his recruitment as best as he can.

The Ohio State visit made an impression on Gregory, who said he “really wants to come back” to Columbus for one of the Buckeyes’ spring practices.

“I feel like (Ohio State sits) high with me,” Gregory said. “I do have a bunch of offers, but they sit pretty high. It’s a great bond the coaches have with the receivers. Coach Hartline picks his wide receiver rooms, and that bond they had was crazy.” 

Tarvos Alford puts the Buckeyes in his top 10

An Ohio State linebacker target has started to narrow down his recruitment. Four-star Florida prospect Tarvos Alford released a top 10 schools list on Thursday consisting of Ohio State, Penn State, Miami, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, UCF, Florida State, Louisville and Rutgers.

Alford is the 91st-ranked prospect and the 12th-rated linebacker in the 2025 class. He last visited OSU in June to attend a recruiting camp.

“I’d say they’re one of the top dogs of the top dogs,” Alford said in June of where OSU sits with him in his recruitment. “They’re always in the cards for the playoffs and have one of the best offenses in the nation. They really are just going to make their defense better, so they won’t have a reason to lose and they can win the whole thing.”

Jackson Cantwell picks up an Ohio State offer

In case you missed it earlier, Ohio State has offered a new prospect in the 2026 class. OSU general manager Mark Pantoni extended an offer to the top offensive tackle in the 2026 cycle, Missouri product Jackson Cantwell

Cantwell was thrilled to pick up the offer.

“It feels really good,” Cantwell told Eleven Warriors of picking up the offer. “Obviously being from Missouri, I haven’t watched a whole lot of Ohio State football. But it’s a top program so it’s definitely great I have the opportunity to learn more about them as time goes on.”

To learn more about Ohio State’s newest offensive tackle target, you can click here.

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