The Ohio State football program has done some serious work on the recruiting trail and the transfer portal to improve its roster. Using the portal has helped the Buckeyes improve their roster for next season. Recruiting has helped their future roster and the 2025 class is already starting to be elite.
Ohio State added to their stellar recruiting class with the commitment of cornerback Na'eem Offord. Offord is the second-best cornerback in the country and is a five-star recruit. He is a top-ten player in the entire country regardless of position. He's really going to help the secondary.
Offord stands at 6'1 and 185 pounds and has excellent ball skills. He's also very physical and can play press coverage if he's needed to and he doesn't allow receivers to break off the line of scrimmage very easily. The Buckeyes need someone like that to keep their secondary as good as it is now.
Tim Walton has done some serious work on the recruiting trail this offseason. He's already signed the top two cornerbacks in the country and has a shot to sign another really good corner. The Ohio State football program wants to be BIA in the secondary and they are close to achieving that with the way they are recruiting.
It's still early in the 2025 recruiting cycle, so the Buckeyes will still need to keep recruiting Offord as the year goes on. We know that in the modern age of recruiting, nothing is ever official until the National Letter of Intent is signed. NIL money will certainly help keep these elite recruits.
I would expect the recruiting class to only keep getting better for the Buckeyes. They still need to improve the offensive line. They don't have depth at that position and that's one of the biggest issues they have heading into the 2024 season.
Walton has been the most valuable assistant so far this offseason for the Buckeyes. He's been on an absolute tear.