In a move that solidifies Ohio State’s position as a powerhouse in college football recruiting, De’zie Jones and DeShawn Stewart, both hailing from DePaul Catholic in Wayne, New Jersey, have decided to take their talents to Columbus. The duo, both rated as four-star recruits, formed a formidable partnership at DePaul High School and are poised to continue their success as teammates at the collegiate level.

DeShawn Stewart, standing at an impressive 6-2 and weighing 185 pounds, brings his talents to Ohio State as the first safety committed to the 2025 class for the Buckeyes. According to 247Sports, Stewart is ranked 284th overall in the nation, 24th at his position, and 8th in the state of New Jersey. His commitment provides first-year safeties coach Matt Guerrieri with a promising prospect who adds size and athleticism to the backend of the defense.

Meanwhile, De’zie Jones steps into the spotlight as the first wide receiver commitment for Brian Hartline, filling the gap left by Jayvan Boggs’ decommitment. Jones, a 6-0, 180-pound slot receiver, may not boast the highest national ranking at 367th overall, but his electrifying playmaking abilities have Buckeye fans buzzing with excitement. Known for his elusive moves and agility, Jones promises to be a nightmare for opposing defenses, especially in a dynamic offensive system like that of Chip Kelly.

Following this stellar recruiting weekend, Ohio State has surged in the rankings, leapfrogging LSU and now sitting second overall behind Notre Dame. Despite having just one commit compared to the Irish’s 19, the Buckeyes’ quality over quantity approach has propelled them forward. With an overall recruit ranking of 95.15, Ohio State edges Notre Dame’s 90.57, a testament to the caliber of talent they continue to attract. As Coach Ryan Day and his staff look ahead, it’s evident that Ohio State’s dominance on the field is matched only by their prowess on the recruiting trail.