Ohio State Staffers, Commits React to Five-star 2025 Linebacker Riley Pettijohn's OSU Commitment

By Garrick Hodge on July 6, 2024 at 1:31 pm
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Ohio State's already strong recruiting class got better on Saturday.

Five-star 2025 linebacker Riley Pettijohn committed to Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes three highly touted linebacker commits in James Laurinaitis' first recruiting cycle as a full-time assistant coach.

With Pettijohn and four-star Florida linebacker Tarvos Alford in the fold, it's the first time since 2014 that OSU has landed two top-five linebackers in the same class (Dante Booker and Raekwon McMillan). Pettijohn is the highest-rated linebacker to commit to OSU since C.J. Hicks in the 2022 cycle, and the first five-star out-of-state linebacker the Buckeyes have landed since Baron Browning in 2017.

With Eli Lee also in the fold, Ohio State arguably has the best trio of linebackers in a recruiting class in Ryan Day's tenure. 

Since fellow Texan Devin Sanchez committed to Ohio State in January, the five-star cornerback and his family have been some of the best recruiters for the Buckeyes in the 2025 class. Sanchez's father, Daniel, was particularly pleased by Pettijohn's decision on Saturday.

Sonny Styles is a few years removed from being a recruit. But since converting to linebacker from safety in the offseason, Styles is pleased that the Buckeyes' recruiting efforts continue to be strong at the position. 

Like Sanchez, five-star 2025 quarterback Tavien St. Clair has also done a lot of heavy lifting on the peer recruiting trail and was equally pleased to see Pettijohn pledge to the Buckeyes.

Ohio State has two Texans committed for 2025 in Pettijohn and Sanchez. A third highly touted prospect from the Lone Star State is considering OSU as well, four-star 2025 wide receiver Daylan McCutcheon. McCutcheon will announce his commitment on July 13.

Both of Ohio State's offensive line commitments, Jake Cook and Carter Lowe, welcomed Pettijohn to the Buckeyes' 2025 class.

Finally, a few members of Ohio State's football staff also chimed in after Pettijohn's announcement.

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