In-State 2025 Safety Cody Haddad Commits to Ohio State, Giving the Buckeyes Their Second Safety Commit in the Class

By Garrick Hodge on April 13, 2024 at 12:29 pm
Cody Haddad

Matt Guerrieri is on the board again.

Just a few short weeks after decommitting from Wisconsin, in-state 2025 safety prospect Cody Haddad didn't wait long to pick his new school. The Cleveland product opted to stay home, giving the Buckeyes his verbal commitment during the spring game.

Haddad is Ohio State's second commitment on Saturday, joining four-star tight end Noah Roberts.

The Haddad File

  • Class: 2025
  • Size: 6-1/175
  • Pos: Safety
  • School: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: #519 (#30 ATH)

The Buckeyes offered Haddad on Jan. 20, just a few days after the St. Ignatius product committed to play for Wisconsin. But after several visits and lots of relationship-building, Guerrieri convinced Haddad that Ohio State is the best place for his development. 

With Haddad in the fold, Ohio State sits at 13 commits for the 2025 class. Haddad is the second safety to give his verbal to OSU, joining four-star New Jersey prospect DeShawn Stewart. The Buckeyes certainly don't plan to stop there, though, as they will do everything they can to convert on highly touted safeties Faheem Delane and Trey McNutt.

Haddad likely won't be the last player Ohio State courts from St. Ignatius in the near future. The Buckeyes are also interested in 2026 offensive lineman Will Conroy, who was offered by OSU on the same visit as Haddad. 

Per 247Sports' composite rankings, Haddad is considered a three-star recruit and is ranked the 519th-best player in the current cycle. He picked up 22 Division I offers in his recruitment in total, including from the likes of Mizzou, Wisconsin, Ball State, Boston College, Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kent State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Purdue, Texas A&M and Toledo.

Haddad will likely see his stock rise quite a bit in his senior year, though, as injury limited him to just four games in his junior campaign. Nonetheless, Haddad was electric in those contests, recording 42 tackles, three forced fumbles and four interceptions. He'll hope to build on that momentum in his senior season.

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