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4 recruitment questions prior to official visits

Ohio State’s summer recruiting season has begun.

This weekend marks the first of four straight official visit weekends for the Buckeyes, who are looking to field the first top-ranked recruiting class in school history.

Ohio State already has three five-star signings in 2025: cornerback Devin Sanchez, cornerback Na’eem Offord and quarterback Tavien St. Clair. OSU currently has the second-best class in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. Notre Dame is number 1 in that ranking.

With 12 spots filled in the 2025 class – eight on defense and four on offense – the Buckeyes could still add 10 or more commits before the early signing period.

Where does the state of Ohio stand? Here are four questions the Buckeyes will focus on this summer.

How many running backs will Ohio State get in 2025?

When it comes to recruiting, Ohio State is still waiting for recently hired running backs coach Carlos Locklyn to make his mark on a position group that will likely be in desperate need of bodies after 2024.

Heading into this season, Ohio State has four running backs: TreVeyon Henderson, Quinshon Judkins, James Peoples and Sam Williams-Dixon. Henderson will no longer have collegiate eligibility after the 2024 season, while Judkins will be eligible for the NFL draft, which would leave Peoples and Williams-Dixon as the Buckeyes’ only two options in 2025.

With a lot of money to give, Ohio State could be looking at a three-man running back class in 2025. But Locklyn is still looking for that top spot.

Four running backs reportedly have official visits scheduled with the Buckeyes this summer: four-star Bo Jackson, three-star and former Kentucky commit Isaiah West, four-star Byron Louis and four-star Jordon Davison.

Briefly: Locklyn inherited a project when he was hired at Ohio State after his predecessor Tony Alford failed to secure a running back in the class of 2023.

Can Brian Hartline secure a high-end 2025 wide receiver?

Brian Hartline needs no introduction as a recruiter. Since being named Oho State’s Wide Receivers Coach in 2018, he has received commitments from fourteen top-100 receivers, including seven five-stars.

In 2024, Hartline secured commitments from two of the nation’s top 10 wide receivers in Jeremiah Smith and Mylan Graham. He has already signed the No. 1 wide receiver in the class of 2026 in Chris Henry Jr.

And in 2025, Hartline once again has his sights set on the summit. But a five-star hotel can be more difficult to secure.

Dakorien Moore, a five-star from Duncanville, Texas and former LSU commit, has the Buckeyes in his top three with an official visit scheduled for May 31-June 2. But Texas and Oregon remain in the mix, with the Longhorns seen by many as the favorite to land Moore. Five-star Jaime Ffrench has visited Ohio State several times but has not yet reported a planned official visit to Columbus and is instead focusing on Miami, Texas and LSU.

Ohio State has one wide receiver in the class of 2025, four-star De’zie Jones. A slew of other receivers are scheduled for official visits this offseason, including four-star Daylan McCutcheon, four-star Quincy Porter and four-star Talyn Taylor. They are all top 100 players.

Briefly: Ohio State shouldn’t doubt Hartline’s recruiting prowess. But the Buckeyes may be without a five-star wide receiver in 2025.

Can Ohio State’s defensive recruiting drive continue?

In Sanchez and Offord, the Buckeyes have secured commitments from the top two cornerbacks in the 2025 class.

Yes, the Buckeyes lost a commitment from top-100 cornerback Blake Woodby. But Ohio State now has its sights set on another five-star in Dorian Brew, an Ohio State throwback who is the fifth-ranked cornerback in the class and is expected to take an official visit June 21-23 with Sanchez and Offord.

Ohio State also has its eye on one of the nation’s top-ranked safeties in four-star Faheem Delane, who would join four-star DeShawn Stewart and three-star Cody Haddad in the Buckeyes’ 2025 class.

Briefly: The Buckeyes’ 2025 defensive back class is already one of their best in recent memory. And with Delane and Brew, it has a chance to get better.

Will Ohio State win David Sanders Jr.’s sweepstakes? to win?

Ohio State could get a recruit like David Sanders Jr. could really use it, and the No. 2 player in the country has made several unofficial visits to Columbus leading up to the summer.

Buckeye coach Justin Frye has never signed a contract as highly valued as Sanders. Ohio State hasn’t had a five-star offensive line since Donovan Jackson in 2021 — despite being multiple finalists in the past three recruiting cycles.

According to multiple reports, Ohio State will be Sanders’ last official visit, and it is expected to take place around the same time that Offord, Sanchez and St. Clair are in Columbus.

Briefly: Ohio State already has an offensive line starter in four-star Toledo tackle Carter Lowe. But Sanders could be the deciding factor in Ohio State securing the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class.

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