Real Pod Wednesdays: Taking Stock of Ohio State’s Top-Ranked 2025 Recruiting Class After Summer Commitment Wave

By Dan Hope, Andy Anders and Garrick Hodge on July 10, 2024 at 2:55 pm

Ohio State’s quest for the No. 1 recruiting class in 2025 is looking more and more real.

The Buckeyes have strengthened their position at the top of the team composite recruiting rankings, currently leading No. 2 Alabama by nearly 20 points, by landing commitments from 11 prospects since the start of June: running backs Bo Jackson and Isaiah West, wide receivers Quincy Porter and Bodpegn Miller, tight end Brody Lennon, center Jake Cook, defensive end Zion Grady, defensive tackles Maxwell Roy and Trajen Odom, linebacker Riley Pettijohn and safety Faheem Delane.

Ohio State is now up to 23 commits in the 2025 recruiting class, including four five-star commitments from Pettijohn, quarterback Tavien St. Clair and cornerbacks Devin Sanchez and Na’eem Offord.

That said, the Buckeyes still have some work to do to round out the class. Landing five-star offensive tackle David Sanders Jr. remains THE top priority for the Buckeyes, while Ohio State also remains in the market for another interior offensive lineman, another defensive tackle, another wide receiver or two and ideally one more running back, one more cornerback and one more safety.

With summer official visits and a big wave of commitments now complete,  Eleven Warriors recruiting reporter Garrick Hodge joins us on this week’s show to help us break down why the 2025 recruiting class could be Ohio State’s best ever and the boxes Ohio State still needs to check to actually get there and secure its first-ever composite No. 1 recruiting class.

The rundown of what we talked about and when:

  • 0:00 Intro
  • 0:41 Ohio State in Great Position for No. 1 Recruiting Class
  • 1:58 Out-of-State Wins Help Make Up for A Few In-State Misses
  • 8:07 Defense Leading the Way for Ohio State’s 2025 Class
  • 9:05 Tavien St. Clair’s Drama-Free Recruitment A Huge Win for Buckeyes
  • 12:48 Anthony Rogers Flip Would Complete Excellent RB Class
  • 16:42 Quincy Porter Leads WR Class, Where A Few Targets Remain
  • 21:38 Keenan Bailey Gets Exactly What He Wants at Tight End
  • 22:55 David Sanders Jr. Remains A Must-Get for Ohio State
  • 29:47 Ohio State Has Loaded DE Class, Still Needs A Premier DT
  • 35:44 James Laurinaitis Hits Home Run in Year One Even Without Justin Hill
  • 39:40 Dorian Brew’s Oregon Pledge Leaves Third CB Options Thin
  • 43:50 Ohio State in Good Shape at Safety Even If It Loses Trey McNutt

You can watch this week’s episode of Real Pod Wednesdays in the video at the top of the page or listen to it in the audio player below. You can find all episodes of Real Pod Wednesdays here on Eleven Warriors, on Eleven Warriors’ YouTube channel and on our Spotify and Apple Podcasts feeds.