The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Offers Five-star 2026 Quarterback Brady Smigiel, Four-star 2025 OL Mason Short Puts OSU in Top Four, Brock Schott and Nate Roberts Set Spring Visits

By Garrick Hodge on February 19, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Brady Smigiel

Ohio State extended an offer to one of the top quarterbacks in the 2026 class on Sunday.

Five-star California prospect Brady Smigiel has earned an offer from the Buckeyes, which came from new OSU offensive coordinator Chip Kelly. Kelly had offered Smigiel while he was at UCLA, so he has already started building a relationship with Smigiel.

Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Smigiel is considered the No. 21 prospect in 2026 and the No. 2 quarterback. He’s the third quarterback OSU has offered in the 2026 cycle along with Jared Curtis (the No. 1-ranked QB) and Will Griffin (No. 4). 

Smigiel has collected nearly 30 Division I offers, including Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oregon State, Penn State, SMU, UCLA, Utah and Washington. 

In his sophomore season at Newbury Park High School (Newbury Park, California), Smigiel threw for 4,222 yards while completing 58 percent of his passes and racking up 52 touchdown passes to 14 interceptions. He also ran for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Mason Short puts Buckeyes in top four

One of Ohio State’s top offensive line targets in the 2025 class has narrowed down his recruitment. Four-star Georgia offensive lineman Mason Short released a top four on Friday consisting of Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Short was committed to Alabama until Nick Saban retired, leading him to reopen his recruitment. Ohio State offensive line coach Justin Frye visited Short in Georgia on the same day he decommitted to Alabama.

Short had visited OSU twice before committing to Alabama, and now OSU hopes to host him for another visit this spring or summer. Georgia is seen as the current frontrunner for Short, though, so the Buckeyes will have to make up some ground if they want to land the standout offensive lineman. 

Brock Schott, Nate Roberts lock in spring visits to OSU 

Two of Ohio State’s top tight end targets in the 2025 class have scheduled spring visits to Ohio State.

Four-star Indiana prospect Brock Schott will visit OSU on March 28 in addition to taking visits to Miami (March 21) and Texas A&M (March 23). Schott was offered by Ohio State tight ends coach Keenan Bailey on Jan. 22 and has received more than 20 Division I offers in his recruitment. 

In Schott’s junior season for Leo High School (Leo, Indiana), he recorded 35 receptions for 743 yards with six touchdowns. He also played linebacker for the team and recorded 67 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, one interception, one fumble recovery and three pass deflections.

Four-star Oklahoma tight end Nate Roberts also plans to visit OSU this spring, setting up a trip for OSU’s spring game on April 13. Roberts is the Buckeyes’ top tight end target in the 2025 cycle and has visited Columbus multiple times, most recently on Jan. 20. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end also plans to visit Oklahoma this spring. 

Columbus hosting Elite 11 Regional on April 21

The nation’s premier quarterback competition is coming to Columbus this spring. Elite 11 announced last week that Upper Arlington High School will host a regional on April 21. Other cities hosting a regional this spring include Los Angeles, Austin, Oxford, Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas and State College. 

While a full list of participants for the Columbus regional isn’t available yet, it’s a good bet 2025 Ohio State quarterback commit Tavien St. Clair will be a participant in the event. Should he perform well, he’ll be invited to the Elite 11 Finals in Los Angeles in June.

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