The Hurry-Up: Wideouts Daylan McCutcheon and Taz Williams Include Ohio State in Their Top Schools, Justin Hill, Bo Jackson and Winston Watkins Jr. Schedule Spring Visits to Columbus

By Garrick Hodge on February 26, 2024 at 5:30 pm
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An Ohio State wide receiver target in the 2025 class has started to narrow down his recruitment.

Four-star Texas prospect Daylan McCutcheon released a top eight on Saturday consisting of Ohio State, Florida State, USC, Stanford, Texas, Florida, Tennessee and SMU.

Of McCutcheon’s top eight, OSU, Florida State and USC are expected to receive the most consideration from the Texas prospect. He’s lined up spring visits to five of his top eight schools, including Texas (March 22), Ohio State (March 31), USC (April 5), FSU (April 12) and Stanford (April 18).

“I hope to see how the coaches are with interacting with other players just to see how the players are trained throughout the practice and being able to be around them, ask questions and get to know more about Ohio State,” McCutcheon told Eleven Warriors of his upcoming visit.

One of the biggest reasons for McCutcheon’s interest in OSU is the Buckeyes’ developmental track record of wide receivers and the opportunity to play for co-offensive coordinator Brian Hartline. 

“They sit pretty high on my board, real high,” McCutcheon said of OSU earlier this month. “(I love) definitely knowing that I’ll be surrounded by great wide receivers. Just knowing that I can take part of their game and add it to my game and be surrounded by others and become the best version of myself.”

In McCutcheon’s junior season at Lovejoy Highschool (Lucas, Texas), he racked up 1,430 receiving yards on 94 catches while adding 20 receiving touchdowns and two kickoff return touchdowns.

Taz Williams includes OSU in top 10

McCutcheon isn’t the only 2025 wide receiver to include the Buckeyes in a top schools list over the past few days. Four-star Texas wideout Taz Williams revealed his top 10 schools on Sunday, including Ohio State, Alabama, Texas, Michigan, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Texas A&M, Baylor, SMU and Penn State on his list.

OSU offered Williams last April after he took a visit to Columbus. 

“It felt great because Ohio State has always been one of my favorite schools since I was younger, so it felt great to achieve my goal of receiving an offer from Ohio State,” Williams told Eleven Warriors of his offer last year.

In Williams’ junior season at Red Oak High School (Red Oak, Texas), he recorded 80 catches for 1,251 yards with 14 touchdowns. 

Bo Jackson, Justin Hill and Winston Watkins Jr. schedule spring visits to OSU 

We’re just over a week away from Ohio State beginning to host prospects on unofficial visits for the start of spring practice.

Three of the latest prospects to lock in spring visits to Columbus are four-star Ohio running back Bo Jackson, four-star Ohio linebacker/defensive end Justin Hill and four-star Florida wideout Winston Watkins Jr. 

Hill has been no stranger to visiting Ohio State, most recently stopping by on Jan. 20. He’ll be at OSU on March 19 and also plans to visit USC, Miami, Penn State and Alabama over the next six weeks. 

Like Hill, Jackson has been a frequent visitor to Columbus and will make his return to campus on March 30. Visits to Penn State, Tennessee, Georgia and Rutgers are also on the docket for this spring.

Watkins will be in Columbus on April 9 and also plans to make trips to Tennessee, Florida, Clemson, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Indiana, Florida State, Texas and Oregon this spring.

Mariyon Dye locks in official visit to OSU on June 14

A top Ohio State defensive end target in the 2025 class has scheduled an official visit to Columbus. Four-star Indiana prospect Mariyon Dye told On3 this week he plans on being at OSU on June 14. He has also scheduled official visits to Miami, Georgia and Tennessee. 

Dye picked up an OSU offer on Jan. 20 following a visit to OSU’s campus. His OSU official visit dates are the same as fellow four-star defensive end target London Merritt. Dye has built a strong rapport with OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson over the past month. 

“He was everything that I imagined, but more,” Dye told On3 of Johnson. “I knew it was going to be great speaking with him. When I started talking to him, he was a real stand-up guy.”

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