Larry Johnson was a busy man on the recruiting path Wednesday.
The Buckeyes’ line of defense coach supplied six new defensive linemen for the 2024 cycle, 5 of whom are defensive ends, doubling the variety of ends he had supplied within the present class in simply at some point. We have additionally bought one provide to debate that got here late on Tuesday, so there are seven presents to interrupt down in complete, beginning with three five-star defensive linemen. Let’s not waste any time.
The 6-foot-4, 270-pound Stone is essentially the most extremely touted prospect Ohio State supplied Wednesday, because the Florida prospect is taken into account the No. 9 total participant and second-best line of defense prospect within the 2024 class per 247Sports’ composite rankings .
— David Stoney Stone Jr. (@iamdavidstonejr) January 11, 2023
Stone, an IMG Academy product (Bradenton, Florida), has racked up greater than 30 Division I presents, together with from the likes of Michigan State, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin.
Of these presents, he had already trimmed his listing to 10, a gaggle that features Michigan State, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC. With OSU providing, the Buckeyes ought to be in sturdy consideration for Stone. Michigan State and Oklahoma are seen as huge contenders for the Florida product, as he has set a go to to Michigan State for this weekend.
The highest-10 prospect was chosen as a first-team choice on the MaxPreps Junior All-America Group.
In Speeding, Johnson has supplied a real pass-rushing defensive finish able to being a defensive game-changer for any collegiate workforce. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Arizona prospect visited OSU for the Buckeyes’ spring recreation final April, his lone go to to Columbus, and is grateful Johnson prolonged him a proposal practically a 12 months later.
Thanks to @R2X_Rushmen1 and @OhioStateFB for providing me the chance to develop into aside of the #Rushmen at The Ohio State College! @bangulo @adamgorney @ChadSimmons_ @CSing57 @CoachEricRogers pic.twitter.com/Fei0NrPcU7
— Elijah Speeding (@elijah_rushing) January 11, 2023
“It was actually thrilling,” Speeding advised Eleven Warriors Wednesday of his provide. “Undoubtedly simply to listen to coach Johnson say these issues and communicate positively of me simply gave me extra confidence in my recreation and gave me a purpose to maintain pushing.”
Speeding is taken into account the Sixteenth-best prospect and the third-ranked edge participant within the 2024 class and like Stone, has additionally picked up greater than 30 Division I presents. These presents embrace Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, USC and UCLA.
In 12 video games for Salpointe Catholic (Tuscon, Arizona), Speeding racked up 73 tackles (13.5 for loss), 11.5 sacks, one cross deflection and 4 compelled fumbles in 2022.
The highest-20 prospect hopes to make a dedication by the beginning of his senior season and says he is contemplating a go to to Ohio State in both the spring or the summer time.
The opposite five-star defensive finish Johnson supplied Wednesday, Nwaneri’s nationwide rankings aren’t far behind Speeding as he is thought-about the Seventeenth-best participant and third-best defensive lineman within the 2024 class.
— Williams Nwaneri (@NwaneriWilliams) January 11, 2023
As you’ll be able to think about, Nwaneri has no scarcity of Division I presents. 26 faculties in complete have supplied the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect together with Alabama, Michigan State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Miami, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and USC.
In 14 video games for Lee’s Summit North (Lees Summit, Missouri), Nwaneri racked up 56 tackles (10 for loss), 12 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, six cross deflections and a blocked punt in 2022.
Stone wasn’t Johnson’s solely provide from the Sunshine State Wednesday. Three-star defensive finish Solomon Williams additionally picked up a proposal from OSU, his nineteenth Division I provide in complete.
wow! Blessed to obtain an Supply from THE College of Ohio State!#GoBucks @ryandaytime @R2X_Rushmen1 @CoachTonyAlford @MarshallMcDuf14 @Qoach_Nick @CoachTrae813 @BayAreaLAB @jshea407 @BigPlayRay50 @ChadSimmons_ @RWrightRivals @Andrew_Ivins @SWiltfong247 pic.twitter.com/sUyJS9waRX
—Solomon Williams (@SolomonW__) January 11, 2023
Colleges which have supplied Williams embrace Alabama, Florida State, Illinois, Louisville, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue, Rutgers and Wake Forest. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound edge prospect is taken into account the 382nd-best prospect and Twenty fourth-best edge participant in 2024.
In 10 video games for Carrollwood Day (Tampa, Florida), Williams gathered 61 tackles (32 for loss), 15.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and one compelled fumble in 2022.
Maryland is a frequent recruiting cease for Johnson. Moreso, he appears to have taken an curiosity in gamers from Our Woman Good Counsel Excessive Faculty, as Mayo joins a listing of gamers supplied from the varsity that features four-star linebacker Aaron Chiles, three-star 2024 broad receiver Elijah Moore and 2025 security Faheem Delane.
— Darien C. Mayo (@TheDCMayo) January 11, 2023
The Ohio State provide marks Mayo’s Seventeenth Division I provide in complete. Different faculties which have supplied embrace Auburn, Boston Faculty, Duke, Liberty, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, USC, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
He is thought-about the 485th-best prospect and Thirty first-ranked edge participant within the 2024 cycle.
Oklahoma defensive finish Danny Okoye was the primary to publicly announce his provide on Wednesday after he spoke with Larry Johnson.
— Danny “hantom” Okoye (@itsdanielokoye) January 11, 2023
Whereas Okoye doesn’t but maintain a composite rating, his pedigree as a prospect actually is not missing because the 6-foot-5, 233-pound Okoye holds 25 Division I presents. Colleges which have supplied embrace Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Georgia, Kansas, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech and USC.
In 10 video games for NOAH Homeschool (Tulsa, Oklahoma) in 2022, Okoye racked up 43 tackles (16 for loss), six sacks, a compelled fumble and an interception. Okoye additionally contributed offensively sometimes, as he ran for 64 yards on 14 carries with a speeding landing whereas catching six passes for 58 yards with one receiving landing.
Ohio State has additionally supplied its eighth operating again for the 2024 cycle.
4-star Florida operating again Jordan Lyle picked up his Buckeyes provide Tuesday from Tony Alford and now holds 18 Division I presents.
—Jordan M Lyle (@jlyle0) January 11, 2023
Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, Lyle is taken into account the 297th-best participant and Twenty fifth-best operating again within the 2024 cycle. Different faculties which have supplied Lyle embrace Georgia, Oregon, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and UCF.
Final season for St. Thomas Aquinas Excessive Faculty (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), Lyle helped lead his workforce to an undefeated season at 14-0 and a state title. He ran for 1,015 yards on 91 carries (11.2 yards per carry) and 12 speeding touchdowns. He additionally caught six passes for 55 yards.
Different operating backs supplied by OSU within the 2024 class are Jerrick Gibson, James Peoples, Jordan Marshall, Stacy Gage, Anthony Carrie, Davion Gause and Kewan Lacy.