We’re a little more than a month away from National Signing Day.
And while Ohio State’s class is in great shape with 22 commits and sitting at No. 2 overall in 247Sports’ national recruiting rankings, there are still a few more additions the Buckeyes would love to make if possible.
There are only a handful of realistic targets remaining for the 2024 cycle as of now, but we’ll break down seven names below. Six of the seven prospects would need to be flipped from their current commitment and the lone uncommitted recruit on the list has no shortage of suitors, so the Buckeyes definitely have their work cut out for them over the next several weeks.
In case you need a reminder, the criteria used to select the top targets for Eleven Warriors’ monthly Ohio State recruiting board is based on many factors, including roster needs for the program in future seasons, the caliber of each player and how likely that player is to sign with the Buckeyes.
This late in the year, we’ll be a little more loose with the last category, though there’s always at least a puncher’s chance a target could end up in Columbus.
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Seaton is still by far and away the most highly touted prospect remaining on the Buckeyes’ recruiting board for the 2024 class, and they’ll get him on campus for an official visit later this month. The five-star offensive tackle plans to attend OSU’s game against Michigan State next week, where he’ll surely get a full-court press from Ryan Day, Justin Frye and the rest of OSU’s coaching staff. It’s hard to say where exactly OSU sits for Seaton before his scheduled visit, but picking between the Buckeyes and the field, the field seems like a safer bet at this point.
Larry Johnson and Ohio State are making it very clear to Williams, a top-100 prospect, just how interested they are in him as a player. The interest seems to be mutual, as the Florida commit will make a return trip to Columbus on Nov. 11, a few weeks after he took an official visit to Ohio State for the Penn State game. Williams will visit Florida this weekend, OSU for the Michigan State game next weekend and then Tennessee to close out his visit schedule. The Buckeyes have a chance of flipping the North Carolina product if everything goes well.
While Ohio State is perfectly happy with its wide receiver corps of Jeremiah Smith, Jeremiah McClellan and Mylan Graham, the Buckeyes would love to add another wideout of Robinson’s caliber if they can flip him from his Miami commitment. Robinson visited OSU in September and is expected to take an official visit to Columbus for the Michigan State game next week. While it will be difficult to flip him from the Hurricanes, you can never count out Brian Hartline.
Ohio State’s newest offer will be taking an official visit to Columbus on Nov. 11, nearly two weeks after Johnson offered him. Jones, a Nebraska commit, will get plenty of attention from Johnson on the visit, as the Buckeyes see the 6-foot-3, 270-pound defensive lineman as a perfect 3-technique candidate. OSU is the only non-Nebraska visit Jones is expected to take this month, so it will be interesting to see how the visit unfolds for both parties.
Of the three defensive linemen on this list, Warner is the only one who profiles as a true defensive end. The Kansas commit has seen his recruiting stock rise over the last few months, as he’s jumped from a three- to a four-star prospect. Warner is expected to visit OSU for the Michigan State game next week, and how that visit goes could play a big factor in whether the Buckeyes can flip him or not.
VanSickle is the lone prospect featured on this list that does not currently hold an offer from Ohio State, but that could change in the near future. VanSickle, a Northwestern commit, visited Ohio State for the Penn State game in October following the decommitment of Marc Nave. The Buckeyes’ pursuit of VanSickle is separate from Seaton, and OSU could theoretically take both if it chooses to offer then successfully flip VanSickle.
It’s been nearly two months since Rodriguez visited OSU and since then, it seems less likely he ends up flipping from Missouri. The Tigers having a far better season than expected doesn’t hurt their chances of retaining their linebacker commit, but if a flip is going to occur on OSU’s end, it would probably help if the Buckeyes get him back on campus for one of the two remaining home games.