Ohio State football looks to capitalize on California recruiting success again: Buckeyes Recruiting

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State soccer team will resume its spring training schedule next week when the university returns from spring break, as will the recruiting department

The Buckeyes continue their tourist-boosting spring into the next two months, starting Monday with a slew of California players. Lincoln Riley’s arrival at USC makes West Coast recruiting for OSU a more difficult task, but it doesn’t make it impossible.

Ohio State has landed eight players from California in modern times, and the only three to come since Ryan Day’s arrival in 2017 have been Mark Jackson (2006), Michael Thomas (2012) – via Fork Union Military Academy – and Marcus Baugh (2013). When it comes West to scout for talent, it usually pays off, whether it’s two-time All-American guard Wyatt Davis, or two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and potential No. 1 NFL draft pick CJ Stroud, or even insider Chris Olave, who came in as a three-star recruit.

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The 2021 and 2023 classes are the only Day-era cycles where the Buckeyes failed to win a California recruit. With nine kids from the Sunshine State already having offers — a list sure to grow — they’re hoping Class of 2024 doesn’t join that list, as many of those destinations play positions of necessity this cycle. Many of these players will be making unofficial visits this spring.

Here’s a look at the 2024 California destinations expected to be on campus this weekend:

player position rank Evaluation Stars
Brandon Baker, OT #38 (#1) 0.9776 4 stars
Aydin Breland, DL #44 (#8) 0.9748 4 stars
TA Cunningham, DL #50 (#9) 0.9700 4 stars
Dakoda Fields, CB #77 (#9) 0.9591 4 stars
Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, LB #89 (#8) 0.9642 4 stars
Dylan Williams, LB #108 (#9) 0.9461 4 stars

• Brandon Baker, Aydin Breland, Dakoda Fields And Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa are the only three who will already be coming to Columbus with offers.

Viliamu-Asa has had an offer since he first attended OSU in June 2021 along with teammates Matayo Uiagalelei And Peyton Woodyard, who were also targets. Uiagalelei eventually chose Oregon as the five-star edge rusher in the 2023 class, while Bowen — No. 35 player and No. 3 safety — is currently signed as a 2024 recruit for Georgia. Though Ohio State hasn’t stopped recruiting him either.

It will be interesting to watch Baker when he comes out this weekend just to check the temp how realistic it is for Frye to pull this off. Ohio State has had to make a splash in recruiting its offensive line this cycle and has already gotten off to a decent start with Ian Moore and Marc Nave. Finding a way to bring Baker to the Midwest would be the most impressive offensive line recruitment since Davis.

• TA Cunningham And Dylan Williams come to Columbus without an offer. Though it’s probably a safe bet to think both will go with it. The question with them – and everyone else on this list for what it’s worth – is whether they’ll be returning this summer, whether for a day camp or an official visit.

The main focus is building the class of 2024 recruits, but those won’t be the only California targets on campus on Monday. Here’s a list of all the others that are expected:

player, class rank Evaluation Stars
Philip Bell, 2025 #34 (#9 WR) 0.9827 4 stars
Bekkem Kritza, 2025 No. 40 (No. 3 QB) 0.9795 4 stars
Jadyn Hudson, 2025 SAF N / A N / A N / A
Kayden Dixon-Wyatt, 2026 WR N / A N / A N / A
TK Cunningham, 2027 EDGE N / A N / A N / A

Click here to see the entire Ohio State Recruitment Course 2024.

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