Amaris Williams, Chance Robinson and Gabe VanSickle Among Key Recruiting Visitors for Ohio State This Weekend As Buckeyes Prepare to Host More Than 40 Prospects

By Garrick Hodge on November 10, 2023 at 11:35 am
Amaris Williams
Amaris Williams

Another massive recruiting weekend is on tap for Ohio State, with over 40 visitors expected at Ohio Stadium on Saturday for the Buckeyes’ primetime contest against Michigan State.

Highly touted prospects from each of the 2024, 2025 and 2026 classes are expected to be in attendance, and with the game steadily approaching, we take a look at some of the biggest recruiting storylines entering the weekend.

Ohio State hopes a couple of flips are in order

Starting with the class closest to arriving on a college campus, Ohio State hopes to host several 2024 flip candidates this weekend, including Florida defensive lineman commitment Amaris Williams, Miami wide receiver commit Chance Robinson and Northwestern offensive lineman commit Gabe VanSickle.

Williams, Robinson and VanSickle will each make their second visit of the season to the Shoe, with Ohio State's coaching staff ready to put a full-court press on each. Depending on how each visit goes, there’s cautious optimism the Buckeyes could successfully flip those targets.

Two key 2024 prospects won’t be in attendance Saturday

Ohio State hoped to have a couple more 2024 targets on campus, but those visits will have to wait. 

Five-star offensive tackle Jordan Seaton was supposed to be one of the marquee visitors of the weekend, but he will no longer visit on Saturday due to practice obligations for his high school team, IMG Academy. Ohio State hopes Seaton will visit for next week’s game against Minnesota, though that has yet to be confirmed.

Ohio State offered four-star Nebraska defensive tackle commit Carlon Jones on Oct. 30 and planned to have him in the Shoe on Saturday, but Jones’ team has a playoff game on Saturday. Jones has rescheduled his visit to next weekend, however.

Plenty of 2025 talent coming to campus

While Seaton may not make the trip this week, Ohio State will host a five-star tackle in the 2025 cycle in Georgia commit Micah DeBose. DeBose, who resides in Alabama but grew up in Ohio, received an offer from the Buckeyes in July after a visit and will make his first gameday trip to Ohio Stadium. 

Top-30 prospect Faheem Delane was supposed to visit for the Penn State game but instead will make the trek to Columbus this weekend. Delane is one of the Buckeyes’ top safety targets in the 2025 class and there appears to be plenty of mutual interest.

One of Ohio State’s top running back targets in 2025, Byron Louis, plans to visit Columbus for his second gameday visit this season, the first coming during the Penn State game. Other intriguing 2025 visitors include wide receiver Phillip Bell, linebacker Tarvos Alford and tight end Emaree Winston.

Pair of elite 2026 QB talents make their way to The Shoe

Both of the quarterbacks Ohio State has offered in the 2026 class that are currently uncommitted are expected to be in Ohio Stadium on Saturday: Five-star prospect Jared Curtis and four-star signal caller Will Griffin. Each of them is making their first gameday visit to Ohio State, with Griffin’s visit being his second to Columbus after he impressed the Buckeyes at a recruiting camp in June. With OSU set at quarterback for the 2024 and 2025 classes, quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis can devote a good chunk of time to growing the relationship with each player.

Other 2026 visitors of note include five-star safety Zelus Hicks, Miami wide receiver commit Malachi Toney, offensive lineman Tyler Merrill and running back Javian Mallory.

A full expected visitors list for this weekend has been compiled below. Ohio State commits are bolded.




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