Five-star 2026 Offensive Lineman Immanuel Iheanacho Enjoys First Time at Ohio State As Eight More Offers Go Out After OSU's Fourth Recruiting Camp

By Garrick Hodge on June 13, 2024 at 8:01 pm
Immanuel Iheanacho
Immanuel Iheanacho

A talent influx arrived in Columbus on Thursday for Ohio State’s fourth recruiting camp of the summer.

The Buckeyes extended eight offers to various prospects, finally breaking the trend of seven offers being dished out each day as they were in the first three camps this month.

To start, I’ve been covering these recruiting camps for a few years now and it’s hard to think of a camp that I've seen that had a better collection of offensive linemen from top to bottom. The group was headlined by five-star 2026 offensive tackle Immanuel Iheanacho, the No. 4 overall prospect and No. 2 offensive tackle in the cycle per 247Sports’ composite rankings. The group also included a trio of four-star offensive linemen from the 2026 class: Sam GreerFelix Ojo, Carter Scruggs and Drew Evers, who was offered by OSU on Wednesday, a day before he camped. 

Iheanacho was on his first visit to Columbus since getting offered by Justin Frye in May and told reporters afterward he enjoyed the experience. 

“The camp was great, I’m trying to get better," he said. "I learned a little bit of technique that I didn’t really know coming in.”

Greer, Iheanacho and Evers already held offers from the Buckeyes when the camp began, but Ojo, a Texas prospect, earned one from his performance in individual drills and one-on-ones. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound Ojo is considered the No. 296 prospect and the No. 22 rated offensive tackle in the 2026 class. He’s earned 25 Division I offers, including Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M and USC.

Speaking of talented position groups, it seems like every other day Tim Walton and Matt Guerrieri have no shortage of talented defensive backs on campus. That was true again on Thursday as four-star 2026 cornerback Elbert Hill and four-star 2026 safety Jireh Edwards were eager participants in OSU’s camp. Hill has been a frequent visitor to campus over the past year, earning his offer from the Buckeyes a year ago in a camp setting.

"Today was great, I got to go compete with some guys from all over the country," Hill said. "I learned some new things, some new tools from coach Walton today. Was just out there having fun today."

Edwards was offered by OSU in February 2023 and raved about his relationship with Walton and Guerrieri in an interview with Eleven Warriors after his workout.

"I call them almost every day," Edwards said. "It's good conversation too, I check up on them, they check up on me."

Ohio State also offered Edwards’ high school teammate, 2027 St. Frances Academy standout Raylaun Henry. The Buckeyes were Henry’s seventh Division I offer, joining Florida, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Tennessee and UCF as schools that have offered thus far.

Two talented 2026 defensive linemen impressed Larry Johnson on Thursday: Zavion Griffin-Haynes and Jamarion Carlton. Carlton picked up his offer from Ryan Day on Wednesday before camping, and Griffin-Haynes left Columbus with an offer of his own following a solid workout with Johnson. 

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Griffin-Haynes is considered the No. 127 prospect and No. 11 edge rusher in the 2026 cycle. He holds nearly 20 Division I offers, including Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Illinois, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. 

When I went to the Under Armour Next Camp in Canton in May, in-state 2026 linebacker Storm Miller was one of the players I was most intrigued by. Miller had a nice camp in May, and brought that same intensity to Columbus on Thursday, impressing James Laurinaitis enough to earn an OSU offer.

The Strongsville resident is the 240th-ranked player and the No. 20 linebacker in the 2026 cycle and has nearly 20 Division I offers. Other schools that have offered the 6-foot-3, 220-pound standout include Cincinnati, Clemson, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Three-star 2026 New York standout Messiah Hampton impressed with his route running and acceleration and was the lone wide receiver offered by Brian Hartline Thursday. The 6-foot, 170-pound product holds a dozen offers, including Michigan, Penn State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Keenan Bailey has had a busy summer with no shortage of talented tight ends camping at Ohio State over the past couple of weeks. It's no secret the Buckeyes' top tight end target in the 2025 class was by far and away Nate Roberts, which works out since he committed in April. But OSU could potentially take a second tight end in the 2025 cycle if it finds the right fit.

That tight end might be three-star prospect Brody Lennon, who earned an offer from Bailey after an impressive camp. 

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lennon is considered the No. 829 overall prospect and the No. 40 tight end in the 2025 class. So far, he's officially visited Kentucky and will be at Mizzou this weekend. Now that he has an offer, Lennon told Eleven Warriors he'll take an official visit to Columbus next weekend.

"It felt amazing, I always grew up an OSU fan and my dad went there," Lennon told Eleven Warriors of his offer. "Coach Bailey felt I had a good camp and I already had a workout with him in May so it was more just so the other coaches could see me."

OSU also offered two Michigan tight ends from the 2027 class: Holden Niemi and Anthony Cartwright III. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Niemi has six offers (Michigan and Wisconsin being the other Power Five programs). Cartwright, who sits at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, has 14 offers including Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Michigan, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Purdue and Rutgers.

A few other notes:

  • Top-55 prospect Derrek Cooper was by far the best running back on campus Thursday and already had an OSU offer before participating in the camp. It wouldn't be surprising to see running backs coach Carlos Locklyn make a push for him in the next cycle. "It was great," Cooper told Eleven Warriors of his experience. "This was a great camp for me because this was my first camp where like, the coaches actually coached hard this camp. It was amazing."
  • Scruggs wasn’t offered on Thursday, but he definitely has the potential to be an OSU-caliber lineman from what I saw. 
  • Two in-state 2026 linebackers I like a lot that weren’t offered Thursday but look like Ohio State-caliber players: Cincere Johnson and Cam Thomas.
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