What Garrett Stover’s commitment means to Ohio State football: Buckeyes Recruiting

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sometimes all it takes is one to get the ball rolling on a recruiting class and Ohio State football may have just gotten that with the commitment of Garrett Stover.

The four-star recruit the first in-state commit and defensive player in the Buckeyes’ 2024 class, and he be far from the last by the time Signing Day rolls around next year. In fact, it won’t be a surprise if he has more company by the end of the calendar year. It’s why he’s had the green light to commit for months as the guy who could break the dam on potentially another fruitful cycle in Ohio.

“Every time I talk to coach Day, and he’s always like, ‘Whenever you’re ready to be a Buckeye, just let me know,’” Stover told cleveland.com in September.

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Stover is the first piece of a back in-state back seven puzzle for OSU. Ohio has 10 players ranked inside the top 300, and three of them are guys expected to play defensive back. Now the attention shifts to five-star cornerback Bryce West and four-star cornerback Aaron Scott as guys who have lights that are equally as green to come aboard whenever they so choose.

Ryan Day has consistently put together top-five classes that have been built on the backs of Ohio prospects. He understands that the best players must stay home which is a philosophy that has become all the more important given some of the recent movements among coaches in college football. Notre Dame has habitually tried to take out the Buckeyes since Marcus Freeman arrived, but so far, it’s had no success in breaking down those walls.

Landing Stover emphasizes that once again, as will the other two, whenever they’re ready.

OSU put its money where its mouth was by living up to the promises that the defense would be better. That could pay off in trying to land national recruits regardless of class. But everything must always start in its backyard. Stover’s decision gets them one step closer to locking down Ohio once again on its way to competing for a top recruiting class.

The Buckeyes have long wanted Stover to kick off its in-state and defensive recruiting. Now that he’s done that, expect more — under both of the categories — to follow.

To see Ohio State’s full 2024 recruiting class, click here.

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