Ohio State has strengthened its running back lineup with the addition of Isaiah West, a three-star recruit from Pennsylvania. West committed to the Buckeyes during his official visit on Sunday.

Coach Carlos Locklyn prioritized West shortly after joining OSU, building a strong relationship with him in the spring, even while West was still committed to Kentucky. West first visited Ohio State unofficially on May 12 and was immediately impressed by the campus and Coach Chip Kelly’s offensive strategy. He felt confident that he could excel in Columbus.

Just two days after visiting OSU, West decommitted from Kentucky. It wasn’t long before he committed to the Buckeyes, making it official during his visit weekend. This trip to Columbus was the only official visit West made after leaving Kentucky, as he felt no need to visit elsewhere.

West is the 16th player to commit to OSU for the 2025 season and the second running back, joining Bo Jackson. OSU is aiming to recruit three running backs this cycle. The Buckeyes are also interested in California prospect Jordon Davison, who will visit next weekend. If Davison chooses another school, Locklyn may target Alabama commit Anthony Rogers in the fall.

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, West is the No. 526 player and the No. 45 running back in the 2025 class.

West attends St. Joseph’s Prep School in Philadelphia, the same school that produced former OSU stars Marvin Harrison Jr. and Kyle McCord. In his junior year, West gained 861 yards, scored 10 touchdowns, and helped his team win the state championship with a 13-1 record. He was also named a positional MVP at the Under Armour Next Camp in Baltimore last spring.

Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 208 pounds, West is known for his tough running style and willingness to engage with defenders. He excels at gaining extra yards, whether running through or around defenders.

Though he might lack top-end speed, West compensates with his crafty running and tackle-breaking ability. His build also makes him a strong pass protector. Despite being a three-star prospect, OSU coaches believe West is underrated and expect his ranking to improve significantly in his senior year.