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Ohio State Offers Cincinnati Linebacker Jaheim Thomas

Jaheim Thomas Ohio State Recruiting Buckeyes

Ohio State has offered 4-star Cincinnati Princeton linebacker Jaheim Thomas. Thomas announced the news via Twitter late Saturday afternoon.

Thomas is the No. 4 player in Ohio in the 2020 class per the 247Sports Composite.

Ranked the No. 21 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 274 player overall, Thomas poses intriguing possibilities defensively with his 6-foot-5, 218-pound frame.

Thomas also holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt.

Thomas has visited Ohio State a number of times and some Buckeye fans were getting antsy for this offer to come. Thomas is teammates with 4-star defensive lineman Darrion Henry, who is still looking around.

With both now holding Ohio State offers, perhaps the looking around will stop.

The visit this weekend for Johnson was big, and it was also big for Ohio State, as Johnson was not alone on his visit. He was joined by Henry, as well as 5-star Cincinnati Xavier offensive lineman commitment Paris Johnson.

Thomas has visited both Georgia and Alabama this month and walked away each time with an offer.

On the field, Thomas is a tall, rangy defender and you don’t have to look hard to find him. He is often split out as a field linebacker, which has him covering slot receivers and backs, which he shows an ability to do well. Thomas is also comfortable on the line of scrimmage as a fourth or fifth pass rusher on blitzes. You can see his junior highlights below.

Ohio State does not yet have any linebackers committed. In fact, they do not yet have any defensive players at all committed in the 2020 class.

The Buckeyes are currently the Crystal Ball favorites for 5-star Washington DC outside linebacker Mekhail Sherman, but only three predictions have been cast.

Sherman is the No. 2 player at his position, the No. 13 player in the nation, and the top player overall in the DC area.

Jaheim Thomas Highlights

[Jaheim Thomas photo courtesy Jaheim Thomas / Twitter. | Ohio State Recruiting]

6 Responses

  1. Let’s call these guys “The Cincinnati Foundation.”

  2. THIS is what I look at: “Thomas also holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt.”


  3. I absolutely love how Day has subtly, but significantly, tweaked recruiting. While I do believe there is more than one way to skin a cat…and appreciate Urban’s methods, I am an Ohio Native and I will always believe Ohio State should recruit “inside out”. Get Ohio’s best (out of the top 20 or so) and fill in from there. That is a VERY sustainable approach to recruiting and as long as you keep that “Fence Around Ohio” and supplement with the best from elsewhere you will have a top 10 program, Dominate B1G, and compete for your fair share of Nationals. Tress played in 3 Nationals in 10 years…Urban did about the same.

    1. Look at the top players for the last 5 years and the studs were from out of state. I dont care where the kid is from, you go after the best players.

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