The Hurry-Up: Priority 2025 Targets Carter Lowe and Zahir Mathis Put Ohio State in Their Top Five Schools Lists, OSU Offers Four-star 2024 DL Carlon Jones

By Garrick Hodge on November 1, 2023 at 5:30 pm
Carter Lowe

One of Ohio State’s top offensive lineman targets in the 2025 class has narrowed down his recruitment.

Four-star in-state offensive tackle Carter Lowe released a top-five schools list on Wednesday consisting of Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. 

The 6-foot-5, 290-pound Lowe is considered the 154th-ranked prospect and the 13th-best offensive tackle in the 2025 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He’s taken multiple gameday visits to OSU this year, including the Western Kentucky, Maryland and Penn State games. As it stands, Ohio State is a heavy favorite to land Lowe, though he doesn’t have a specific timetable for a decision yet.

“I love Coach Frye's coaching,” Lowe told Eleven Warriors this summer. “We talk about once every two weeks. I talk to Coach (Tim) Hinton a lot too, and he usually puts him on the phone. We have a really good relationship and I like talking to him a lot. I hope I can build my relationship through these couple years until I commit.”

Carlon Jones picks up an offer from the Buckeyes

Larry Johnson isn’t done offering defensive linemen in the 2024 class quite just yet. Four-star Texas defensive lineman Carlon Jones earned an offer from Ohio State on Monday, making him the third player at that position Johnson has offered in the last month along with Amaris Williams and Deshawn Warner

"They are one of the best schools in the country," Jones told 247Sports of his offer. "It definitely means a lot. … I'm committed to (Nebraska). They are a great school also, but in life, you have to weigh all your options so nothing is overlooked."

Per 247Sports, Jones will take an official visit to Ohio State on Nov. 11 for the Michigan State game. He doesn’t have any other visits lined up at this time. 

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Jones, who is currently committed to Nebraska, is considered the 441st-ranked prospect and the 49th-best defensive lineman in the 2024 class. He committed to the Cornhuskers on June 29 and held offers from more than 25 Division I schools, including California, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Arizona State, Boston College, Houston, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Tulane and Utah. 

This season at Bay City High School (Bay City, Texas), Jones has racked up 73 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, 17 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. In his junior season, he recorded 102 tackles (29 for loss) with 13 sacks and a pass breakup.  

Zahir Mathis puts OSU in top five

One of the top defensive ends in the 2025 cycle has included Ohio State on his trimmed-down school list. Four-star Philadelphia defensive end Zahir Mathis, the 40th-ranked prospect in the 2025 class, released a top-five Tuesday consisting of Ohio State, Florida State, Texas, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Mathis visited Ohio State earlier this summer to workout with Johnson and see Columbus and he was impressed by what the Buckeyes had to offer. 

“I learned about Larry Johnson (because of) Chase Young,” Mathis told Eleven Warriors this summer. “The year Chase Young (dominated). It just impacted a big image on me because Chase Young was coming from the DMV and everything like that. Myself, I'm from Philadelphia, so just to be so close to home and everything, see his big impact on the world and everything like that. And then Larry Legend himself had both of the Bosa brothers. So it was pretty great.”

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound Mathis was offered by OSU in May.

“It was joy, man. Smiles. It was great,” Mathis said of his reaction to earning an OSU offer. “Appreciate to be here, everything like that. So, very great for me. That conversation went many ways, I would say. he talked to me about coming down here, getting on campus, everything like that. So it was just pretty great. Just to be down here, to get on campus and work out with him actually, to be coached by Larry Legend himself, that's pretty good. … He's patient. He's not gonna rush you throughout too much. If you mess up, just get back up and get back on the field, you'll be OK. So just the basics. Basics is 100 percent.”

Amaris Williams to take second visit to Ohio State

A top Ohio State defensive line target for 2024 will be making his second visit to Columbus within a month. 

Four-star Florida commit Amaris Williams visited Ohio Stadium for the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State on Oct. 21 on an official visit and will now also take an unofficial visit to the Michigan State game next week per Rivals’ Adam Friedman. Williams will visit Florida this weekend and then take a trip to Tennessee on Nov. 17 as well. 

The fact Williams is taking a second visit to OSU since being offered speaks loudly to his interest in the Buckeyes, and it’ll be interesting to see if Johnson and company can flip the highly touted prospect before National Signing Day on Dec. 20.

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