25 Prospects Who Stood Out at Ohio State’s 2024 High School Football Camps

By Dan Hope on June 22, 2024 at 3:05 pm
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Ohio State’s 2024 slate of high school football camps might have been its best ever.

Ohio State held five positional camps and two 7-on-7 tournaments and attracted elite talent to campus to compete in front of Ohio State’s coaches at all of them. More than 50 prospects from the 2025 through 2028 classes received offers from Ohio State after participating in at least one of those camps, while dozens of other star prospects who already had offers from the Buckeyes also made their way to Columbus to participate in camps.

With hundreds of participants in each of those camps, it would be impossible for us to highlight every player who stood out at this year’s camps in just one article. That said, we’ve picked 25 of the prospects who caught our eye the most to highlight as we recap a June camp slate that was overflowing with talent from start to finish.

To start, we’ll look at the five prospects who stood out above all the rest over the course of the month. Next, we’ll dive into the month’s biggest revelations – those being young or unheralded players who earned their way into Ohio State offers with excellent camp performances. 

In the third section, we look at five players – in addition to the first five – who arrived at camp with a lot of hype and lived up to it. Finally, we look at seven four-star prospects who didn’t draw as many headlines for camping as some of their counterparts but likewise stood out among the competition with their performances at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Best of the Best

Tavien St. Clair, 2025 QB

St. Clair was edged out by Alabama quarterback commit Keelon Russell for Elite 11 MVP honors, but no one was more impressive than the Ohio State quarterback commit across OSU’s 2024 camp slate. St. Clair made the trip from Bellefontaine to Columbus for three different camps – two skill camps and a 7-on-7 tournament – and showed at all three of them why he’s now one of the top-ranked prospects in the entire 2025 class.

While St. Clair already made a major jump from the summer of 2022 to the summer of 2023 that made him OSU’s top quarterback target in the 2025 class, his improvement from last year to this year was just as impressive. While it had become clear a year ago that St. Clair was developing the physical tools to potentially become an elite quarterback, St. Clair looked like a college-ready passer this summer as he consistently delivered accurate strikes while lasering passes to downfield receivers in both one-on-ones and seven-on-seven, leaving no doubt about his status as one of the best quarterback prospects in the country.

Eric McFarland, 2028 WR

It’s rare for an incoming high school freshman to look like the best player on the field when camping against seniors, juniors and sophomores, but McFarland – not including St. Clair throwing the ball – looked to be exactly that on his camp day.

The only player in the 2028 recruiting class to receive an Ohio State offer before the start of camp season, McFarland made it clear why Ohio State got in on his recruitment so early. Although he is currently small in stature at 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, he won just about every one-on-one rep he took as he diced up his opponents with elite speed and quickness and route-running prowess beyond his years.

A member of the same South Florida Express program that produced current OSU receivers Jeremiah Smith, Carnell Tate and Brandon Inniss, McFarland looks destined to follow in Smith’s footsteps by becoming one of the highest-ranked prospects in his recruiting class.

Jahkeem Stewart, 2026 DT

If you didn’t know he was, you wouldn’t have guessed Stewart was only a high school junior from watching him camp. The 6-foot-6, 280-pound defensive tackle looked like a man among boys, even in a workout group full of plenty of talented defensive linemen, as he demonstrated his elite blend of size, explosiveness, quickness and power throughout the day of drills.

From a purely physical standpoint, Stewart might have been the most impressive camper of the entire month in Columbus, showing why he’s ranked as the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2026 recruiting class – and why Ohio State, among other schools, would love to have him on campus a year from now if he reclassifies into the 2025 class, which he’s actively considering. While he still needs to bulk up to be a full-time collegiate defensive tackle, he looks far more ready to play for a Power 4 school right now than the typical junior prospect.

Chris Henry Jr., 2026 WR

The only player ranked ahead of Stewart in 247Sports’ composite rankings for the 2026 class, Henry also looked like a prospect beyond his years during his camp appearance. Like Stewart and St. Clair, Henry looked ready to play college football right now, demonstrating a rare blend of length, speed, graceful movement and ball-tracking ability that looked reminiscent of former OSU superstar Marvin Harrison Jr. and made him one of Ohio State’s top camp standouts for the third year in a row.

Currently Ohio State’s only commit in the 2026 class, the 6-foot-5, 205-pound wide receiver showed why keeping him in the class – which OSU feels good about even though he’s visiting LSU and Oregon this summer – will be one of the Buckeyes’ biggest priorities in that recruiting cycle for the next year-and-a-half.

Darius Gray, 2026 G

As impressive as Stewart was during his camp workout, Gray more than held his own as he went up against the five-star defensive tackle. As the top offensive line prospect and the top defensive line prospect in Columbus on their camp day – and arguably Ohio State’s entire slate of camps – the two of them were repeatedly matched up against each other during one-on-ones and Gray stonewalled Stewart on multiple occasions, drawing raucous cheers from the Ohio State offensive linemen watching them go head-to-head.

There aren’t many high school offensive linemen who can win a one-on-one matchup with Stewart, who told Eleven Warriors he typically gets triple-teamed in his high school games. Gray’s ability to do so in a drill that generally favors the pass-rusher showcased his excellent strength and pass-blocking skill and validated his ranking as one of the best guards (No. 3 interior offensive lineman, No. 56 overall prospect) in the 2026 class.

Biggest Revelations

Jamier Brown, 2027 WR

Brown became the first Ohioan in the 2027 class to receive an Ohio State offer thanks to a standout performance in OSU’s first camp of the month. The Wayne High School sophomore looked every bit the part of an Ohio State-caliber receiver as he consistently won his one-on-one reps, showing excellent quickness in and out of his breaks to get open against some of the camp’s top defensive backs.

Jerquaden Guilford, 2026 WR

Two years after eventual five-star wide receiver Mylan Graham earned his first offer from any school at an Ohio State camp, another receiver from Fort Wayne had a similar kind of breakout performance in Columbus. Entering Ohio State’s first camp of the month with zero Power 4 offers, Guilford earned an offer from the Buckeyes with a dominant camp workout in which he showed excellent ability as a deep-ball receiver, repeatedly winning his one-on-one matchups with his crisp releases off the line, speed and ball tracking.

Neimann Lawrence, 2028 QB

Lawrence became the second player in his class to earn an Ohio State offer with an excellent throwing session at OSU’s third camp of the month. It’s rare for Ryan Day to offer a freshman quarterback, but he had good reason to with Lawrence – who, like McFarland, plays for South Florida Express. In a loaded group of quarterbacks that included St. Clair and five-star 2026 quarterback Dia Bell (who has since committed to Texas), Lawrence looked as good as any quarterback not named Tavien as he displayed excellent arm strength and unusual polish for a thrower of his age.

Bodpegn Miller, 2025 WR

It’s not very often that a senior ranked as a three-star recruit earns an offer from Brian Hartline to play wide receiver at Ohio State, which speaks to how impressive Miller was across multiple camp appearances at OSU this month.

Miller has minimal experience playing wide receiver because he plays quarterback for Ontario High School, but you wouldn’t have guessed that from watching Miller work out at OSU. Possessing an elite combination of size and speed at 6-foot-4 with a 4.44-second 40-yard dash time, Miller also showed natural hands while making several impressive catches both in positional camp and while playing in OSU’s second 7-on-7 tournament, where he received his offer from the Buckeyes on Tuesday.

Miller committed to Ohio State just three days after receiving his offer.

D’Angelo White, 2027 TE

The second Ohioan in the 2027 class to receive an offer from Ohio State, White stood out physically as much as any tight end who camped all month. At 6-foot-5 and 234 pounds, White demonstrated excellent athleticism for his size, prompting Keenan Bailey and the Buckeyes to bet on his upside entering his sophomore season at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School, where he’s a teammate of Ohio State running back commit Bo Jackson.

Jake Cook, 2025 OL

There might not have been anyone hungrier to land an Ohio State offer at this year’s camps than Cook, who took so many reps during OSU’s first camp of the month that he vomited during one-on-ones. Reversal of fortune aside, Cook had a strong showing at that camp, leading Justin Frye and Ohio State to invite him back for a workout the following week while his Westerville North team competed in OSU’s first 7-on-7 tournament.

Cook was visibly upset when he left that workout with an OSU offer eluding him, but his hard work finally paid off this past week when Ohio State extended him a scholarship opportunity, leading him to promptly decommit from Louisville. The offer comes as a testament to the development of Cook, who has been a camp regular at OSU throughout his high school years but has now improved his body and skill set to reach the level necessary to play for his hometown school.

Brody Lennon, 2025 TE

Another in-state senior who earned his way into a late offer, Lennon proved the Buckeyes should make room for him to be a second tight end in their 2025 class with his performance at Ohio State camp. While Lennon is ranked as only the No. 853 overall prospect in the class, he looked like a prospect who could easily be ranked higher with his performance at camp, where he looked fluid catching passes and strong on the blocking sled.

Jaeden Ricketts, 2026 WR

Despite arriving at Ohio State camp with only MAC schools on his offer sheet, Ricketts was another in-state receiver who left campus with an OSU offer after impressing Hartline. The junior from Watkins Memorial in nearby Pataskala, who has been clocked at 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash, put his elite speed on display and showed in receiver drills that he has the skills to play at the highest level even though he does not yet hold a composite recruiting ranking.

Lived Up to the Hype

Bo Jackson, 2025 RB

Speaking of Jackson, he showed why he’s been one of Ohio State’s top targets at running back since camping at OSU two years ago, ultimately leading to his commitment to Ohio State earlier this month.

Physically, Jackson stood out as much as any running back who camped at OSU this year. The 6-foot, 205-pounder, who has been timed running a sub-4.4 40, put his excellent speed on display as he went through running back drills and took some reps at receiver, where he showcased his ability to be a weapon out of the backfield in the passing game.

Nate Roberts, 2025 TE

Another future Buckeye who camped even though he’s already committed to Ohio State, Roberts demonstrated why he was OSU’s top target at tight end in the 2025 class with an excellent workout. The sixth-ranked tight end in the class showed natural pass-catching and route-running ability; perhaps most importantly, Roberts showed great strength and technique during run-blocking drills, which will go a long way toward getting on the field early at OSU for the Oklahoma product.

Zion Elee, 2026 DE

The most explosive pass rusher at this year’s camps was Elee, who overwhelmed opposing tackles in one-on-ones with his super-fast burst off the line.

A five-star prospect ranked as the No. 22 overall prospect in the 2026 class, Elee still needs to grow to become a full-time defensive end in college – at his current build (6-3, 225), he might be a better fit to play the Jack position if he comes to Ohio State – but his upside to be a game-changer off the edge was obvious during his stop on campus alongside a group of prospects from Fast Track Recruits.

Immanuel Iheanacho, 2026 OT

It may be low-hanging fruit to compare a 6-foot-7, 340-pound offensive tackle to Dawand Jones, but it’s easy to see Iheanacho becoming a standout right tackle like Jones was for Ohio State and now is for the Cleveland Browns.

The No. 4 overall prospect in the 2026 class would have stood out for his size no matter how well he performed in camp, but the gargantuan five-star prospect also showed impressive agility for his size. During one-on-ones, Iheanacho showed that he pairs his tremendous length with a power-packed punch, giving him the potential to be elite as both a pass and run blocker.

Derrek Cooper, 2026 RB

Watching Cooper run routes and catch passes against linebackers during one-on-ones felt like an unfair fight. The No. 52 overall prospect in his class, Cooper was the highest-rated 2026 running back to participate in an Ohio State camp this year and looked the part. His burst was a step ahead of every other running back in his workout group, and he showed tremendous potential as a receiver out of the backfield with how easy he made it look during one-on-ones.

Four-Star Studs

Dawayne Galloway, 2025 CB

The only player on this list that hasn’t announced an Ohio State offer, Galloway made a strong case that he deserved one with his performance in OSU’s first camp of the month. The Columbus resident didn’t allow a single completion in one-on-ones while he also showed elite speed by running a 4.35-second 40-yard dash.

Dorian Brew remains Ohio State’s top target to fill out its 2025 cornerback class, and that pursuit has led the Buckeyes to slow-play their recruitment of Galloway even though he’s the highest-rated cornerback from the city of Columbus in the composite recruiting rankings era. That said, his performance at camp showed that Ohio State is risking losing a potential star from its own backyard if it chooses to let Galloway go elsewhere.

Anthony Davis, 2026 LB

Another standout from the first camp of the month was Davis, who was as impressive as any linebacker all month in pass coverage, intercepting a pair of passes and breaking up multiple more during one-on-one drills.

Davis’ performance showed why he could be a top-of-the-board target in the 2026 class for James Laurinaitis even though he’s ranked as just as the 223rd overall prospect in his class right now.

Felix Ojo, 2026 OT

As physically impressive as Iheanacho was, the most dominant offensive tackle in one-on-ones during his camp day was Ojo, who showed all the makings of a high-level pass protector as he did a great job of using his quick feet, strong hands and sound technique to shut down just about every defensive end he faced.

At 6-foot-6 and 285 pounds, Ojo looked like an offensive tackle who should be ranked higher than his current composite ranking of No. 295 overall, which is validated by his list of 30 offers that includes the likes of Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Texas, Texas A&M and USC in addition to Ohio State.

Cederian Morgan, 2026 WR

He was overshadowed a bit by camping on the same day as Henry, but Morgan also looked the part of an elite wide receiver prospect during his workout at Ohio State. Measuring in at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, Morgan gave defensive backs problems throughout the one-on-one portion of the day, showing the ability to fight through coverage to make catches as well as impressive quickness for his size.

Morgan is ranked as the No. 151 overall prospect in the composite rankings for the 2026 class, but 247Sports ranks him as the No. 20 overall prospect in the class in its own rankings; his performance at camp validated the latter ranking.

Deuce Geralds, 2026 DL

Geralds took reps at both defensive tackle and defensive end during his camp workout and looked comfortable in both spots, giving offensive linemen trouble both inside and outside with his quickness and hands. Regardless of which position he ends up at long-term, the 6-foot-3, 265-pound defensive lineman – ranked as the No. 96 overall prospect in the 2026 class – looked like a player who can be an asset to any collegiate defensive line, as evidenced by the more than three dozen offers he’s received.

Jordan Thomas, 2026 CB

While there weren’t many defensive backs who could keep Henry in check during his camp workout, the one who seemed to give Henry the most trouble was Thomas, who had a strong showing throughout one-on-ones as he showed his ability to play with physicality and fluid technique in coverage. While his current composite ranking of No. 237 overall might not stand out in comparison to some of the other cornerbacks Tim Walton has landed at Ohio State, his camp performance showed why he could be a priority target at the position for OSU in the 2026 class.

Brody Keefe, 2026 WR

One year after earning an Ohio State offer with an impressive camp workout, Keefe returned to OSU to camp again and stood out for the second year in a row as one of the best route-runners to come through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center all month. While he wasn’t able to go through one-on-ones during his camp workout due to a minor hamstring injury, his ability to change directions and make crisp turns showed why he’s a player Hartline would love to add to Ohio State’s 2026 class.

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