COLUMBUS — Ohio State is making the most of the time it has left in the 2024 cycle before the early signing period starts in December.
Four-star Coopersville (Mich) interior offensive lineman Gabe VanSickle has committed to Ohio State. VanSickle had been committed to Northwestern since May 14 and decommitted earlier this week. He is the No. 14 IOL and No. 5 Michigan prospect according to On3.
The On3 Industry Rankings have VanSickle as the No. 929 overall prospect, No. 77 IOL and No. 17 Michigan prospect.
How did he and the Buckeyes first get introduced, however?
It all started in late September when the Ohio State scouting department identified VanSickle’s senior tape. Former IOL commit Marc Nave and the Buckeyes mutually split ways allowing for another spot on the interior to open up. Offensive line coach Justin Frye and head coach Ryan Day invited VanSickle to the Buckeyes’ game against Penn State on Oct. 21.
That was an unofficial visit and he left Columbus with a scholarship offer. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound prospect then made his official visit on Nov. 11 for the Michigan State game. He spent plenty of time with fellow Ohio State offensive line pledges Ian Moore, Deontae Armstrong and Devontae Armstrong.
VanSickle is now the fourth offensive lineman pledged to Ohio State in the 2024 cycle. And the Buckeyes are hoping he isn’t the last as they’re still pursuing five-star Bradenton (Fla) IMG Academy offensive tackle Jordan Seaton.
Ohio State 2024 Class Holding Steady
The Buckeyes have the No. 2 class in the On3 Team Industry Rankings and trail only Georgia for the recruiting crown.
Ohio State, with VanSickle’s pledge, is up to 23 committed prospects. Offensively it starts with five-star Hollywood (Fla) Chaminade-Madonna wide receiver Jeremiah Smith. He’s the No. 1 overall prospect in the On3 Industry Rankings and the No. 2 overall prospect according to On3.
He’s quickly followed by five-star New Haven (Ind) wide receiver Mylan Graham and five-star Fairburn (Ga) Langston Hughes quarterback Air Noland. Other key offensive commits include running back James Peoples, wide receiver Jeremiah McClellan and tight end Max LeBlanc.
Defensively the Buckeyes are still a work in progress as signing day nears. Five-star defensive linemen Justin Scott and Eddrick Houston lead the way for the Silver Bullets of tomorrow. An elite cornerback trio of Aaron Scott Jr., Bryce West and Miles Lockhart cements an impressive secondary haul.
Ohio State has a few more defensive targets it’s looking to close in on as well.