Five-star wide receiver from Florida includes Ohio State in the main group

Ohio State treated itself to a nice treat over the holiday weekend, as one of the best pass-catching prospects in the country named them to its list of best schools. Also, after striking out at running back in the 2023 class, the Buckeyes added an impressive player at the position as their preferred companion.

trader up to five

One thing that has held up time and time again is that Brian Hartline will add elite talent to his receiving room. On Sunday, he inched closer to further proving that point as a 2024 five-star wide receiver. merchant joshisa from Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) revealed its list of programs still in the running for her coveted commitment.

Ohio State will face off against a trio of Sunshine State programs, as Florida, Florida State and Miami (FL) were included in the group. The Buckeyes will also have to survive Tennessee, which is also on the list. While the scarlet and gray have their work cut out for them in this recruit, they have a specific job advantage.

Trader is teammates with the 2024 five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith, who committed to Ohio State earlier this month. While the kids picked their future programs for different reasons, the Buckeyes having a player Trader knows and has played with alone should work to Hartline’s advantage.

In the end, if Ohio State ends up as the beneficiary of Trader’s decision, it will give them another perspective on program change. The Hollywood native is currently ranked as the 11th overall prospect in the class. Trader also ranks as the fifth highest rated player in the state of Florida, just four spots behind the aforementioned Smith.

Buckeyes Adds Three-Star PWO Running Back

After coming up empty-handed at running back in the 2023 class, Ohio State added a major preference commitment Saturday. Staying at home preparing for the Buckeyes will be the 2023 three-star running back willtrell hartson from Massillon Washington (OH).

Hartson chose the opportunity to walk in Columbus from a dozen scholarship offers he received as a prospect. Among the programs that had featured the 5-foot-9, 200-pound include Boston College, Marshall, Temple and more.

While Hartson won’t bring a high profile to Ohio State with him, he was a much-needed addition for running backs coach Tony Alford. The Buckeyes saw fiance Mark Fletcher depart the class and were unable to gain much traction with a few other players at the position.

Nonetheless, Hartson was ranked the 89th running back overall in the class and a top 50 prospect in Ohio State. He’ll join Ohio State with a chance to convert that preferred status into a scholarship if he can impress the coaching staff.

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  • Former Maryland tight end CJ Dippre, who entered the transfer portal late last month, will choose between Alabama and Ohio State on Tuesday. The Pennsylvania native recorded 339 yards and three touchdowns on 33 receptions in his two seasons as a Terrapin.