Ohio State has landed one of the nation’s top defensive tackles, as 4-star prospect Kayden McDonald announced his commitment to the Buckeyes on Monday.
McDonald (6-3 310) attends North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia. He is ranked the No. 40 defensive lineman in the 2023 class and the No. 293 player in the nation overall. He committed to Ohio State over offers from Clemson, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and dozens more.
McDonald took an official visit to Ohio State on September 24 for the Wisconsin game. Two weeks before that, he took a visit to Michigan for their battle against Hawaii. McDonald also officially visited Oklahoma for their game against Kansas. He has previously scheduled a visit to Clemson for their November game against South Carolina.
The Buckeyes now have three defensive linemen committed in the 2023 class, and all three project to defensive tackle. McDonald is joined by 4-star prospects Jason Moore and Will Smith, Jr.
Moore (6-6 255) is the No. 62 player nationally and the No. 6 defensive lineman in the class. He attends DaMatha Catholic in Hyattsville, Maryland. Smith, who is the son of former Buckeye All-American defensive end Will Smith, is ranked No. 320 overall in the class and is the No. 46 defensive lineman nationally.
Ohio State is still on the hunt for some defensive ends to join this interior trio.
They are currently the favorites to land Venice, Florida 5-star defensive end Damon Wilson (6-4 230). Wilson is ranked the No. 3 edge player nationally and has taken official visits to Ohio State, Georgia, and Alabama.
The Buckeyes are also heavily involved in the recruitment of 5-star Matayo Uiagalelei, who is the No. 6 edge player nationally. Uiagalelei attends St. John Bosco in Bellflower, California.
Ohio State currently has the No. 4 recruiting class in the nation.