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Ohio State Recruiting: 2025 commit breakdown

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Ohio State has been recruiting at an elite level under Ryan Day‘s watch, and the 2025 class looks to be no different for the Buckeyes.

As the midway point of the recruiting calendar approaches, the Buckeyes already have commitments from three of the nation’s top 20 recruits in the On3 Industry Ranking and currently hold the nation’s No. 1 class.

In total, the Buckeyes have 15 commitments already on the board, nine of whom rank among the top 100 nationally and 13 who check in as blue-chip (four- and five-star) recruits.

Ohio State Buckyes Class Breakdown

Early in the 2025 cycle, defensive coordinator Knowles and his staff have gotten busy. Of OSU’s 13 commitments, eight are on that side of the ball and four are in the secondary. Ohio State holds commitments from two of the nation’s top cornerback recruits — Five-Star Plus+ CBs Na’eem Offord and Devin Sanchez. Their class also includes top-75 EDGE Zahir Mathis, four-star EDGE London Merritt, four-star linebacker Tarvos Alford, four-star cornerback DeShawn Stewart, four-star safety Faheem Delane, in-state standout linebacker Eli Lee and fast-rising Cleveland-area safety Cody Haddad.

On the offensive side, OSU has already locked up its quarterback in the class with elite passer Tavien St. Clair, who ranks No. 5 nationally at the position in the On300. He’s joined by Toledo (Ohio) Whitmer four-star offensive tackle Carter Lowe, four-star tight end Nate Roberts, and four-star wide receiver De’zie Jones.

The Buckeyes most recent commitments have come on the offensive side of the ball with four-star athlete Bo Jackson, who expected to play running back at the next level, and elite wide receiver Quincy Porter.

On3 ranks Porter as the nation’s No. 31 overall prospect and No. 5 wide receiver.

Top Ohio State Offensive Commit: QB Tavien St. Clair

The Buckeyes made a massive initial evaluation on St. Clair, who has blossomed into one of the nation’s top passers after holding just a handful of offers when he committed to OSU.

On3’s Scouting and Rankings team writes this about him as a prospect:

“Pure passer with prototypical physical tools that point to one of the higher developmental upsides among quarterbacks in the 2025 cycle. Measured in at 6-foot-3.5, 210 pounds with a 9.5-inch hand prior to his junior season. Made a considerable jump in development during the off-season between his sophomore and junior years. Has smooth and tight mechanics as a passer. Touts a quick release that is easily replicable. Consistently throws a tight spiral. Mechanical foundation makes him a naturally accurate passer. Off to a strong start to his junior season. Doubles as a solid runner who can pick up yards with his legs when called upon. Functional mobility gives him the ability to extend plays. A three-sport athlete, also playing basketball and baseball. Shows above-the-rim bounce on the hardwood. The degree of improvement from his sophomore to junior years is indicative of an ascending prospect.”

Top Defensive Commit: CB Devin Sanchez

The defensive backfield has been and will be a major priority in this class for OSU, and there are none better in the country than Sanchez, a top-10 national prospect and the country’s No. 1 cornerback.

Here’s how On3’s Scouting and Rankings team breaks down his game:

“Tall, athletic cornerback with a high level of technical skill as an underclassman prospect. Stars for one of the top high school football programs in the state of Texas. Listed at an unverified 6-foot-2, 170 pounds. Took a big jump as a sophomore, showing lockdown tendencies, particularly in man coverage. Smooth and technical with the footwork, instincts and play speed to stay attached. Makes some impressive plays in downfield coverage. Turned in some strong track times as a sophomore, with a personal best of 10.81 seconds in the 100 meters. Looks to have one of the best size and speed combinations among cornerbacks early on in the 2025 cycle. Will need to continue adding good mass and strength in addition to continuing to develop his already solid ball skills.”