A Look Ahead to a Busy Recruiting Week for Ohio State, Which Will Feature Plenty of Priority Visitors from the 2025 and 2026 Classes

By Garrick Hodge on March 17, 2024 at 10:25 am
Tyler Atkinson
Tyler Atkinson

After a week off for spring break, Ohio State is ready to get back on the practice field Tuesday at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

The Buckeyes’ coaching staff will also be gearing up for a critical week on the recruiting trail, with many key visitors making their way to campus within the next five days. Below, we take a look at which visitors are expected to arrive on campus this week and what the implications could be.

March 18

Moore is one of the biggest wide receiver targets for Brian Hartline in the 2025 class. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect may be committed to LSU, but his recruitment is far from over. Hartline and OSU will have a chance to sell Moore on what playing in the Buckeyes’ system can offer him.

Rink has already confirmed he’ll take an official visit to OSU later this summer, but this trip will give him a golden opportunity to further his relationship with Larry Johnson, Jim Knowles and the rest of OSU’s defensive staff.

March 19

Ohio State has made landing Hill, an in-state prospect, a top priority for this cycle. He can expect to be a popular man with Knowles, James Laurinaitis and Johnson on Tuesday.

While Moore is the No. 1-ranked wideout in 2025, Brown is also a highly touted wideout that Ohio State is heavily pursuing and is a strong believer in.

In the 2026 class, Atkinson makes his first visit to Columbus in two years. The Georgia product was the first player OSU offered in the 2026 cycle. Griffin, one of three quarterbacks the Buckeyes have offered in 2026, will also be a top priority on Tuesday and is a good bet to receive plenty of face time with Ryan Day and Chip Kelly.

March 21

Sanchez has been nothing short of an elite peer recruiter for the Buckeyes since committing in January and will likely lend his efforts for the duration of his visit.

Ohio has no shortage of talented offensive line prospects in the 2026 class and Guthrie certainly fits that mold after holding offers from the likes of Auburn, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Penn State and others. Bell is a rising quarterback prospect in 2026 and could be one to monitor for Ohio State going forward.

Weekend of March 22

There’s no shortage of intriguing prospects visiting for what looks to be the first of three big recruiting weekends for Ohio State this spring. 

It might as well be wide receiver week in Columbus with how many big-name prospects are visiting, as Lockett marks the third priority wideout expected to visit Ohio State this week. It probably helps that OSU’s quarterback commitment in 2025, Tavien St. Clair, will also be on campus alongside Lockett. In addition to Lockett, Jones is an intriguing wideout with offers from Penn State, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Texas and others.

Priority safety target Kainoa Winston will be making a crucial visit over the weekend, as he’s still undetermined whether he’ll take an official visit to Ohio State or not and has started building a strong relationship with new safeties coach Matt Guerrieri. 

“It’ll be my first time in Ohio,” Winston told Eleven Warriors of the visit in late February. “When they came to my school it was almost a sales pitch a little bit. They were talking about Columbus and all the networking there is there as one of the biggest cities in America. I just want to get down there and see the campus, see how they practice and all that. I just want to see how Columbus is.”

A pair of standout linebackers in the 2025 class are also scheduled to be on campus between Alford and Barnes. Alford is one of Ohio State’s top priorities in the cycle and it will be crucial for the Buckeyes to make a strong final impression on the Florida prospect before he makes his commitment on March 30. Barnes, a top-100 prospect, is also highly-coveted by OSU.

In the 2026 class, five-star standout Zech Fort is a priority visitor, while Will Conroy will be making his first trip to OSU since earning an offer in January.

“I’ve wanted this offer all my life and have wanted to play for the scarlet and gray,” Conroy told Eleven Warriors in January. “I have an opportunity to do that after the offer. Obviously, I’m still looking at other schools, but coming from this state and knowing what the rivalry is all about, a lot of other people may look at this game as just another game to them, but it’s The Game. Growing up that’s something special and if I decide to come here, I’d hope to spread the rivalry because we’re not looking too hot for the past three years.”

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