The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Offers Four New Running Backs, Jaedon Harmon and Dorian Barney Put Ohio State in Their Top Schools

By Garrick Hodge on April 5, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Shekai Mills-Knight

New Ohio State running backs coach Carlos Locklyn has only been on campus for about a week since being officially hired on Monday.

That hasn’t stopped him from handing out OSU offers to running backs he’s fond of, though. In the past few days, Locklyn has offered four tailbacks, two in the 2025 class and two from the 2026 cycle.

Dierre Hill Jr.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Dierre Hill Jr. is the most highly touted prospect of the four running backs offered. Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Hill is considered the 104th-best prospect and the ninth-rated running back in the 2025 cycle. 

The Illinois prospect has earned 23 Division I offers, including Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and West Virginia. 

Hill was Illinois’ Gatorade Football Player of The Year in 2023 after running for 1,788 yards with 23 touchdowns, averaging 13.6 yards per carry.

Shekai Mills-Knight

Shekai Mills-Knight, the former high school teammate of Ohio State 2024 tight end signee Max Leblanc, picked up his offer from Locklyn on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Tennessee prospect doesn’t hold a composite ranking but is considered a three-star recruit per 247Sports. 

The 2025 prospect holds 17 Division I offers, including Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Utah, Wisconsin, Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Florida, Liberty, Miami, Michigan State, Oregon, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

Kyshawn Robinson

Robinson became the third running back OSU has offered in the 2026 class on Friday following his visit to Columbus. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Pennsylvania product doesn’t hold a composite ranking but has at least 18 Division I offers, including Boise State, Kentucky, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Houston, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, USC, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Robinson is a two-way player and also plays defensive back. While it’s possible he could play on defense in college, running back is his likely position at the next level. 

Tyriq Green

Green is the fourth running back offered by the Buckeyes in the 2026 class on Friday, picking it up shortly after Robinson. 

The 6-foot, 195-pound Georgia standout has picked up 36 Division I offers, including Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn, Boise State, Florida, Indiana, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Tulane, West Virginia and Wisconsin. 

Jaedon Harmon, Dorian Barney put OSU in top schools

Two Ohio State defensive targets in separate classes have included the Buckeyes in their trimmed-down school lists.

Four-star Georgia 2025 linebacker Jaedon Harmon released a top 10 earlier this week consisting of Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Texas, Clemson, Oklahoma, Auburn, Tennessee and Ole Miss.

Harmon, who visited OSU in March, is likely eyeing a commitment sometime this spring. While a lot can happen in the next few weeks, Clemson is likely the favorite for Harmon. 

Meanwhile, four-star 2026 cornerback Dorian Barney included Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Colorado, Tennessee, Notre Dame, USC, Oklahoma, Clemson, Georgia and South Carolina on his top 12 released Wednesday. 

Barney, one of the top cornerbacks in the 2026 class, is expected to visit Columbus for the Buckeyes’ spring game on April 13.

Mason Short commits to Georgia

As expected, Ohio State offensive line target Mason Short is off the board for the Buckeyes. Short, who decommitted from Alabama in January, committed to his home state Bulldogs on Friday. 

Ohio State has one offensive lineman committed for the 2025 cycle in Carter Lowe and is aggressively pursuing other highly touted tackle prospects, including David Sanders Jr.

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