Bullet Points: 2025 Recruiting Target, Five-Star QB Visiting Columbus, And Carnell Tate Update

As always, our Bullet Points session is a chance for all Ohio State fans to get caught up on all the latest recruiting news surrounding Buckeye football. In this weeks Bullet Points, we address some young in state talent in Ryan Montgomery, we talk five-star QB Dante Moore, and finish up with some Carnell Tate info.

Ohio State has never been known to be a school who dishes out a ton of offers to high school freshman or kids still in the 8th grade. It is common to see every year or two schools like Alabama, Florida State, or even Georgia toss on an offer to elite middle schoolers or high school freshman. For Ohio State to offer a prospect at such an early age, they must be stand out players with a showing of what their ceiling can be. 

One 2025 prospect who already holds an Ohio State offer is in state quarterback Ryan Montgomery. Ryan, who is brothers with 2023 Buckeye commit Luke Montgomery, already comes with five division one offers after his freshman season at Findlay High School. With elite arm strength and a college-ready frame at 6-foot-3, 180-pounds, Montgomery has a ceiling that maybe no other QB in his class will be able to match in terms of size and arm strength. Montgomery looks very comfortable in all facets of the throwing game whether its quick hitters, deep balls, in tight fade routes, or even off platform throws. Many college quarterbacks still struggle to complete off platform throws but Montgomery can be seen on high school tape doing just that. 

With that being said it is easy to understand why Ryan Day and his staff offered Montgomery at such an early age. Many outside of Columbus would think it was a recruiting strategy to land his brother but by no means is this the case. Ryan is quite the elite talent and the Buckeyes already have their eyes on their 2025 QB target. I definitely would give Ohio State the edge over any school in the country and although Montgomery is only a 2025 prospect, I would fully expect him to dawn the Scarlet and Gray in four years from now. 

While on the subject of QB’s, Ohio State is set to host five-star Detroit, Michigan gunslinger Dante Moore. Moore comes as a top 10 player in the class of 2023 as well as being ranked the No. 3 QB in the country. As of right now, Moore is thought to be a Notre Dame lean, and some could even make the case that the in- state Wolverines are leading the way. I however, have the Irish leading right now. The Buckeyes certainly are not in the top three of this recruitment and I still have Dylan Lonergan as the Buckeyes most likely target on the board. April 2nd, however, will certainly be a chance for the Buckeyes to make a big jump into this recruitment though. 

Moore will be accompanied by fellow 2023 Buckeye target Carnell Tate who will be coming back to Columbus for what feels like his 8th or 9th time. The positive news here is that I still have all my cards in Tate to become a Buckeye. There has not been one thing that has made me feel otherwise and if Notre Dame was going to pull off the upset on Ohio State, it was going to happen back when Tate visited South Bend. Now in terms of Moore, Notre Dame is really banking on earning his services in hopes that Tate will follow him as they think having an elite QB there in his class could turn him the other way. 

However, Tate is likely to close to becoming a Buckeye that I just do not see that scenario playing out. What would be more likely is Tate committing to the Buckeyes and Day making a late push on Moore to actually solidify another five-star QB. Like I’ve said before though, I think they’re still too far out and the most likely candidate for Ohio State’s class will ultimately end up with Lonergan. Make no mistake though, that would be quite the haul to get both Lonergan and Tate in the same class. I would certainly chalk that up as a recruiting win for Ohio State over Notre Dame if that is how it shakes out.