No, he wasn't. He was the #69 overall player in the country in the composite:
The #5 all-purpose back. He was not some fringe 4 star and was a top 150 player to everyone. He was not a 3 star when he committed, look at his ranking history in the composite. He was a top 100 player there since the beginning of his recruitment. Yes, he was developed at OSU, but let's stop with this narrative that he was some low-rated recruit who needed serious development when he got to OSU. His senior film showed the great one-cut ability and explosion as well as the great top-end speed. He was a good receiver in HS. He was a good blocker in HS. I don't know where you guys get this stuff, it's extremely easy to verify with a 30 second Google search. Just because some other poster here once said that Zeke was an underrated recruit doesn't mean he was some 3 star fringe guy.