Ohio State football’s recruiting battle for 4-star DB Reggie Powers

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Breaking down the 35 highest-rated Ohio State targets in the 2024 football recruiting class heading into the summer:

WHO: Reggie Powers is a four-star safety who plays for Centerville High School in Dayton.

SIZE: 6-foot-1, 195 pounds.

RANKING: The No. 56 safety in the class of 2024, No. 578 player.

THE BATTLE: Powers holds offers from 29 schools but recently cut that list down to five heading into the summer. The Buckeyes are joined by Cincinnati, Michigan State, Northwestern and Pittsburgh.

THE HOMESTATE FACTOR: When OSU offered Powers in March, it felt like he’d eventually join in on the spring momentum as one of the numerous commits the program got. That didn’t happen as instead he emphasized that just because he’s from Ohio, people shouldn’t automatically assume he’s an Ohio State lean:

“I’m just taking it slow,” Powers told cleveland.com. “They’re not rushing anything, I’m not rushing anything. Everything’s good. My offer’s committable, but it’s just me taking my time and not rushing into it.”

THE GEOGRAPHY: Dayton is 66 miles from Ohio State’s campus.

THE OTHER CONTENDERS: All five teams in Powers’ top schools list will receive official visits this summer with Northwestern already hosting him in May. He’ll visit Pittsburgh on June 2, Michigan State on June 9, Cincinnati on June 16 then wrap up in Columbus on June 23.

WHAT THIS GUY DOES: Powers plays a little bit of safety and sam linebacker from Centerville High School, but at OSU he’d fit in at either the adjuster or bandit safety spots. Though his skillset may favor the latter more since that spot plays in the box more often,


Even if it didn’t happen immediately like some may have thought it would, I still see Powers eventually beig part of the class as one of the three or four safeties it takes in this cycle. It’s a position that may also end up having a heavy Ohio vibe to it.

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

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