After turning away from Wisconsin, Ohio-native safety prospect Cody Haddad swiftly chose his new college destination. The Cleveland native decided to remain close to home, committing verbally to the Buckeyes during the spring game. Haddad became Ohio State’s second commitment of the day, joining four-star tight end Noah Roberts. The Buckeyes extended an offer to Haddad on Jan. 20, shortly after he initially committed to Wisconsin. However, after multiple visits and forming strong connections, safeties coach Matt Guerrieri persuaded Haddad that Ohio State offered the best environment for his growth.

With Haddad onboard, Ohio State’s 2025 class now boasts 13 commitments. Haddad is the second safety to pledge to OSU, teaming up with four-star prospect DeShawn Stewart from New Jersey. But Ohio State isn’t stopping there; they’re pushing hard to secure commitments from highly rated safeties Faheem Delane and Trey McNutt.

Haddad is just the beginning of Ohio State’s interest in talent from St. Ignatius. The Buckeyes are eyeing 2026 offensive lineman Will Conroy, who received an offer during the same visit as Haddad.

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Haddad is a three-star recruit, currently ranked 519th nationally. Throughout his recruitment, he amassed 22 Division I offers, including from schools like Mizzou, Wisconsin, and Cincinnati.

Haddad’s potential is likely to soar in his senior year, despite being sidelined by injury for much of his junior season. Nonetheless, he made a significant impact in the limited games he played, showcasing his skills with 42 tackles, three forced fumbles, and four interceptions. He aims to build on that momentum in his final high school campaign.