Bullet Points: Ohio State Class of 2024 Recruiting Update

This edition of Bullet Points focuses on an update on the 2024 recruiting class for Ohio State, and which recruits are on the table.

The Buckeyes currently sit with the No.2 class in the country for 2024. The talented class also holds the third-highest average rank, only trailing Alabama and Georgia. Ohio State has only 18 commits in what is sure to be a class of likely 22-24. In today’s Bullet Points session, we focus on who else we can expect to join the class soon.

First, let’s start with the one everyone wants to know about, KJ Bolden. Everything in this recruitment up until a couple of days ago suggest that the Buckeyes were in a 50/50 neck-and-neck race with Georgia. As of yesterday, though, when highly regarded former Georgia four-star safety commit Jaylen Heyward announced he would be leaving the Bulldogs’ class that was the indicator even more so than the crystal balls.

I think it’s fair to say that Ohio State laid it all out on the line for Bolden by matching NIL and using the family connections with Coach Eliano. At the end of the day, in these recruitments that are basically an arms race, the recency bias of winning back-to-back National Championships and being the in-state program paid off for the Bulldogs.

Let’s jump over to the next recruitment, which I find the most interesting at this time. On July 23rd, Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa is set to decide which school he will be attending. It’s coming down to USC, Notre Dame, and Ohio State for the coveted four-star linebacker out of St. John Bosco, California. Again, I like what the Buckeyes have done in this recruitment, including displaying to Viliamu-Asa that the program values his Samoan heritage and even had J.T. Tuimoloau speak with the family.

This recruitment also seems to be coming down to the wire, and there really isn’t a clear-cut leader only a few days away from the commitment. I have the Buckeyes sitting at two, as there’s been no leading evidence to suggest otherwise. I am skeptical, but Ohio State and California prospects tend to have a weird relationship. Outside of CJ Stroud, Wyatt Davis, and a few others, the Buckeyes have not had much luck recruiting from California. I’m not saying the Buckeyes are out by any means, and he could absolutely pick the Buckeyes on the 23rd but at this time, I lean more towards him ending up a Trojan.