The Hurry-Up: Five-star Safety Trey McNutt Includes Ohio State in Top Eight Schools, Jonah Williams and Byron Louis Will Visit OSU This Week

By Garrick Hodge on April 8, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Trey McNutt

One of Ohio State’s priority safety targets in the 2025 class has narrowed down his recruitment.

Five-star Ohio prospect Trey McNutt released a top eight on Monday consisting of Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. 

McNutt has visited Columbus frequently, including several times already this spring. He’ll also take an official visit to OSU sometime this summer.

The No. 1 safety prospect in the 2025 cycle per 247Sports’ composite rankings, McNutt is the son of Richard McNutt, who played cornerback at Ohio State from 1999-2002.

“He just said it’s a great program," the younger McNutt said last June when asked what his father has said about playing for Ohio State. "He played in the 2002 championship, so yeah, it’s just amazing. “I ain’t grow up in Columbus, but knowing that my family did, all the dogs who have been here, it's a great feeling knowing I could maybe have a chance to rep O-State.”

While McNutt will likely go through the recruiting process and take his official visits, Ohio State feels good about its chances of eventually securing the commitment of the Buckeye legacy. 

Byron Louis, Jonah Williams to visit OSU this week

While Ohio State is prepping for the conclusion of its spring football season with its annual spring game on Saturday, this week will also feature a flurry of important recruits making their way to Columbus. 

Two intriguing prospects expected to visit include five-star safety Jonah Williams and four-star running back Byron Louis. Williams will be at OSU on Saturday for the spring game while Louis will be on campus on Wednesday.

Williams will be making his first visit to campus since November and has already locked in an official visit with the Buckeyes for June 14. His trip this weekend will give him time to meet with safeties coach Matt Guerrieri, who has made Williams one of his priorities since earning a job on staff in January. Williams is a dual-sport athlete and also hopes to play baseball in college, so the Buckeyes may not offer as much there in comparison to other programs recruiting him. But they still have at least a puncher’s chance. 

Louis will make his first trip to campus since last fall and will meet with new OSU running backs coach Carlos Locklyn. The Florida prospect wasn’t offered by Locklyn at Oregon, so it remains to be seen how high Locklyn is on Louis.

Emmanuel Karmo puts Ohio State in top seven

A linebacker in the 2025 class with an Ohio State offer is narrowing down his recruitment. Four-star Minnesota prospect Emmanuel Karmo released a top seven on Monday consisting of OSU, Penn State, Oregon, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nebraska and USC.

Karmo was offered by Ohio State on Jan. 24 after James Laurinaitis stopped by his school to present the offer.

In Karmo’s junior season, he recorded 49 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception that he ran back for a touchdown and a fumble recovery he returned for a touchdown. On offense, Karmo had 15 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns.

Kendre Harrison includes the Buckeyes in his top 15

The top tight end prospect in the 2026 class has started to narrow down his recruitment (slightly), with Ohio State making the cut for five-star prospect Kendre Harrison’s top 15 schools. 

In addition to the Buckeyes, other schools that have made the cut for the North Carolina prospect include Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Auburn, Florida State, USC, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Penn State, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Notre Dame. 

Harrison, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect, also hopes to play basketball in college. He was offered by OSU last May.

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