The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Preparing to Host 11 Official Visitors This Weekend and Three-star 2025 Tight End Brody Lennon Says He'll Visit OSU Next Weekend

By Garrick Hodge on June 14, 2024 at 5:30 pm
Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng and Ryan Day

Ohio State’s third official visit weekend has just begun and the Buckeyes have already gotten good news.

Four-star 2025 wide receiver Quincy Porter originally had a commitment date for July 14, but decided to spurn Michigan a little earlier and cancel his official visit with the Wolverines set for this weekend. Instead, he announced his commitment to Ohio State on Friday

Will the good vibes continue all weekend? Well, if the past two weeks are any indication, probably. The Buckeyes have landed a commitment after each official visit weekend, with Bo Jackson pulling the trigger first followed by Faheem Delane last weekend. 

Among the nine uncommitted visitors on campus this weekend, three-star running back Isaiah West seems the most likely to pull the trigger in the near future. West has been connected with the Buckeyes extensively since decommitting from Kentucky last month and hasn’t scheduled any other official visit, so things could be setting up nicely for Carlos Locklyn here. 

The next two weeks will be crucial for offensive line coach Justin Frye as he prepares to host premier offensive tackles on visits in back-to-back weeks. This weekend will be an uphill battle, though, with Josh Petty and Micah Debose arriving on campus. Of the two, the Buckeyes likely have a better shot with Debose, considering his Cleveland roots as a youngster. Perhaps the Buckeyes could make a big move for either with an impressive pitch this weekend. But for now, taking the field for both is probably the safest move.

With Porter in the fold at wide receiver, the Buckeyes essentially have two more open spots at the position for this recruiting class. That may make four-star California wideout Phillip Bell’s visit this weekend all the more crucial, as these could fill up on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Two defensive linemen will be at OSU Friday with differing degrees of optimism they end up in Columbus: Mariyon Dye and Maxwell Roy. Roy is West’s high school teammate but is currently a strong Michigan lean. Dye, on the other hand, could definitely end up in the Buckeyes’ 2025 class, but he still has more official visits to go after his OSU trip.

Nathaniel Owusu-Boateng will be the lone linebacker taking an OV to campus this weekend after Madden Faraimo canceled his visit, and you can expect Jim Knowles and James Laurinaitis to be heavily involved here. Owusu-Boateng had a productive visit to Notre Dame last weekend and famously has an older brother (current Cleveland Browns linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah) who played for the Fighting Irish, so the Buckeyes will have to be on their A-game here.

Finally, cornerback Brandon Finney and safety Messiah Delhomme haven’t been discussed as openly in OSU fan recruiting circles as other prospects, but both are intriguing players who have a path to ending up in Columbus.

Finney was only offered by Tim Walton about a month ago but is serious enough about OSU to take an official visit. The Buckeyes’ top remaining target at cornerback is Dorian Brew, who will visit campus next weekend, but the situation is worth monitoring here.

Meanwhile, Delhomme could be the fourth and perhaps final safety in the 2025 class if the Buckeyes can’t convert on top priority Trey McNutt, who may take his recruitment into the fall. OSU will have to decide if it’s worth pushing for Delhomme’s commitment this summer and still find a spot for McNutt if necessary, or to let the process play out longer.

The complete official visitor list for this weekend is as follows: 

Brody Lennon schedules official visit for June 21

Keenan Bailey might not be done with the 2025 class just yet.

While it's no secret the Buckeyes' top tight end target in the 2025 class was by far and away Nate Roberts, OSU has always operated under the mindset that it could potentially take a second tight end in the 2025 cycle if it finds the right fit.

That tight end might be three-star Ohio prospect Brody Lennon, who earned an offer from Bailey on Thursday after an impressive performance at OSU’s recruiting camp.

"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."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lennon is considered the No. 832 overall prospect and the No. 40 tight end in the 2025 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings. 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.

Lennon said his OSU offer changes his recruitment “quite a bit” and that he’s eyeing a commitment for the last week of June. The Buckeyes are very clearly going to be a factor here and probably can be considered the favorite at this point even though the offer came late. 

Lennon caught 32 passes for 750 yards with 11 receiving touchdowns in his junior season at Gilmour Academy (Gates Mills, Ohio).

“My yards after the catch, my toughness, physicality and I think my leadership on the field,” Lennon said when describing his best on-field attributes.

Shadarius Toodle includes OSU in top 10

One of Ohio State’s linebacker targets in the 2026 class has narrowed down his recruitment. Four-star Alabama prospect Shadarius Toodle released a top 10 on Friday consisting of Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan, LSU, Ole Miss, Louisville, Oregon, Miami, South Carolina and Texas A&M.

Toodle is ranked as the No. 68 player and the No. 5 linebacker in the 2026 class.

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