COLUMBUS — Lebbeus Overton made a successful first visit to Ohio State.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound, 5-star defensive end from Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) High School checked out the Buckeyes campus on Sunday and left impressed by the connections there — especially the one he’s building with Larry Johnson.
“Ohio State was great,” Overton told Lettermen Row. “It was really exciting to make that first visit. It’s really about building that real, in-person relationship and not just talking over the phone. It was exciting just to be able to step on campus.
“Meeting with Coach Johnson and breaking down film stood out the most. He’s exactly what I thought he’d be and doesn’t try to act any different. He will tell you exactly what he thinks of you. Coach Johnson said he really likes my get off [of the line of scrimmage] and my ability to flip my hips as a young player. He worked with me a lot on what I can do to help improve myself.”
Overton, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the 2023 composite rankings, also enjoyed his chance to talk to Ryan Day. The third-year coach took some time with the Georgia standout and discussed how Ohio State is working toward the implementation of Name, Image and Likeness. That’s going to be key for a young player with the upside that Lebbeus Overton has.
“I sat down and talked to Ryan Day a bit in his office,” he said. “We talked some about Name, Image and Likeness. They had everything set up with a presentation, and I got a better understanding of everything that they have planned and how it’s run.
Overton also a scholarship offer from Ohio State to play basketball. Though Sunday re-opened live recruiting for college football, it’s still a dead period in basketball. One of Ohio State’s basketball commitments in the Class of 2022, Bruce Thornton, is a teammate of Lebbeus Overton’s for the nationally-ranked Eagles. The opportunity to play both sports is something the nation’s top junior football prospect wants to do. He’s not getting any kind of pressure-packed pitch from his teammate, though.
“I love basketball, I really do,” Overton said. “I want to try it my first year in college and see if I can do both at a football school of that stature.”
Ohio State has made its first pitch to Lebbeus Overton. Now he’ll begin trying to plan a return.
“I definitely will be back up for a game at some point,” he said. “I don’t know when yet, I’m trying to get a few things scheduled for this season.”