Ohio State Finishes One-Day Camp Slate with Surplus of Five-Star Talent in Columbus As Buckeyes Extend 18 New Offers to Prospects

By Garrick Hodge on June 17, 2024 at 7:43 pm
Zion Elee
Zion Elee

In last Thursday’s camp report, I said that day may have brought the most talented collection of offensive linemen to Columbus overall that I’ve seen while covering these camps in the last few years.

On Monday, I’ll take it a step further. On Ohio State’s fifth and final one-day recruiting camp of the summer, I’d estimate this single camp had the best collection of all-around talent from top to bottom at every position compared to any other camp I’ve covered. As you might expect with a declaration like that, Monday saw the most offers go out by far of any of the five camps, with 18 players getting offered in total. A fun little tidbit: At least one prospect from every single offensive and defensive position group was offered Monday.

That’s a lot of offers to cover, so let’s instead start with the recap with notable prospects that showed up already holding an offer from the Buckeyes.

The camp was headlined by five-star Ohio State wide receiver commit Chris Henry Jr., the No. 1 overall prospect in the 2026 cycle. Naturally, Henry drew the most media attention after the camp, considering it had been a while since he was back on campus after moving to California.

Henry was the best wide receiver on campus, and that’s saying a lot considering who else was competing in Columbus. 

“Today went smooth,” Henry told reporters after the camp. “I feel like I had a good day, had fun out here, got to learn some things from coach (Brian) Hartline, coach (Devin) Jordan. So yeah, I think today was good. I enjoy (working with Hartline) every time. Just being out here, learning from him, picking up new things, it’s just been great. I always enjoy coming out here.”

Ohio State 2025 running back commit Bo Jackson was back on campus Monday and was thrilled to get some work in with his future running backs coach, Carlos Locklyn. 

“I’ve got a really good relationship with coach Locklyn,” Jackson said after camp. “He’s really intense. I just wanted to get some work in with him today.”

As good as Thursday’s camp was with offensive linemen, Monday was equally impressive with the quality of defensive linemen on campus. Five-star defensive end Zion Elee already held an OSU offer from Larry Johnson entering the camp but took the opportunity to visit Columbus for the first time in his recruitment as part of the Fast Track Recruits 10th anniversary tour

“It felt great to be in Columbus finally,” Elee said after the camp. “It’s a great campus and Larry Johnson is a very good coach. I was working with him the whole day and he really got me right for one-on-ones.” 

Another notable visitor was four-star 2025 offensive lineman Mario Nash, who was visiting Ohio State for the first time since picking up an offer from Justin Frye in May. Nash had to bow out of camp a little early because he tweaked his knee during a drill, but told Eleven Warriors he loved his time on campus and will be back for an official visit in the fall. We’ll see how offensive line recruiting shakes out this summer, but he’s definitely an option for guard or center for the Buckeyes’ 2025 class.

“Today was pretty good, I like the way that coach Frye coaches and his enthusiasm,” Nash told Eleven Warriors.

Tim Walton and Matt Guerrieri never seem to be short on highly touted defensive backs who want to camp with Ohio State this summer. Monday’s camp featured four-star cornerback Jordan Thomas, four-star 2026 safety Nassir McCoy and 2027 cornerback Corey Hadley Jr., each of whom already held an offer from the Buckeyes. But Monday also brought the No. 1 rated safety in the 2026 class: Blaine Bradford, a Louisiana prospect who earned a scholarship from OSU on Monday after an impressive camp. 

Two top-100 quarterbacks in the 2026 class picked up offers from Ryan Day: Brady Hart and Jaden O'Neal. O’Neal is the No. 64 overall prospect and No. 6 quarterback in the 2026 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings, while Hart is the No. 92 prospect and No. 7 quarterback in the cycle.

Other notable offers include five-star 2026 tight end Kaiden Prothro and four-star 2026 defensive lineman Camron Brooks.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Prothro is rated the No. 23 prospect and the No. 2 tight end for the 2026 cycle.

“They’re a great program and I just love what they do here,” Prothro told Eleven Warriors. “The offense they run is just great and coach makes sure they’re on it in the weight room.” 

Brooks is considered the No. 41 prospect and No. 5 edge rusher in 2026.

“I love Ohio State,” Brooks told Eleven Warriors. “Coach Johnson is the best defensive line coach, period.”

A complete list of prospects offered by OSU today can be found below:

Defensive line

Running backs

Wide receivers


Offensive line

Defensive backs

Tight ends


Other notes:

  • Nash’s teammate and four-star 2026 running back Damarius Yates looked every bit the part of a running back that already boasted an offer from the Buckeyes on Monday. Jackson may have been the headliner with the running backs, but Yates, a top-70 prospect, could be a top target for Carlos Locklyn in the 2026 cycle.
  • Top-100 2026 prospect and defensive end Deuce Geralds looked sharp during individual drills at OSU on Monday. Geralds already held an offer from the Buckeyes before the camp and was a key prospect in one of the of the more talented position groups we’ve seen in a camp setting. 
  • Four-star 2026 quarterback Brodie McWhorter was originally scheduled to camp Monday, but went to West Virginia instead. With McWhorter having a commitment scheduled for July 4, it’s a good bet OSU isn’t going to be the pick here.
  • Ohio 2025 running back Roderick Love earned a PWO offer from Ohio State on Monday.
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