The Buckeyes have had an interest in Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut athlete Garrett Stover for quite some time and hosted him on a visit in the early spring. Stover was back in Ohio State at the beginning of June working out at one of the Buckeyes’ one-day camps. His work earned Stover an Ohio State scholarship offer.
Stover returned to Ohio State the weekend of Sept. 3 and was in Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes defeated Notre Dame 21-10. Afterwards Stover told Bucknuts how impressed he was with the experience and Jim Knowles’ Ohio State defense.
Stover has been to Ohio State for numerous other Buckeye home game visits this season, including Ohio State games against Toledo, Wisconsin, Iowa and Indiana. He will also be back for the Michigan game this coming weekend and he will be back as an Ohio State commitment. Tonight Stover has posted on Twitter his commitment to the Buckeyes.
“It’s always been a dream of mine to be a Buckeye,” Stover told Bucknuts “It feels amazing. It’s awesome that it’s close to home and it really just shows all the work I have put in has paid off. It is all around the perfect fit for me and it just feels like home. That place is filled with amazing people that I have built relationships with and I have a great relationship with the staff as well. I’m excited to get developed and join the brotherhood.”
In addition to Ohio State, Stover’s list of scholarship offers includes Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Northwestern, Iowa State, Kentucky, Boston College, Minnesota, Duke and Pitt. But committing to Ohio State is something Stover could not pass up.
“I’ve wanted to be a Buckeye ever since I’ve picked up a football to be honest,” Stover said. “I’ve grown up watching them and I am so thankful I have this opportunity to get to be a part of what they have going on. My family and I have had many discussions about all the different schools and what I like about each one. (But) Ohio State is very special and I have never shied away from them. It’s really exciting for me and my family and really cool that I’ll be going there and cool that Cade is there as well.”
Stover is Ohio State starting tight end Cade Stover’s cousin.
Stover has been recruited by the Buckeyes as a hybrid linebacker/safety in Knowles’ defense.
“I really like the position Ronnie (Hickman) was playing because it’s definitely a hybrid spot,” Stover has told Bucknuts. “He was playing deep at times, coming off the edge and also playing up like a linebacker. I don’t care what position I play but that position looked really cool to me and gives me an opportunity to show that I can play both safety or linebacker. (I’m) definitely working to improve my skills at safety and in coverage and getting blockers off of me when I’m playing linebacker.”
Stover took one last visit elsewhere the weekend of Nov. 5 when he attended the Clemson at Notre Dame game.
The 6-foot-2 and 200-pound Stover is a 4-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite. He is the country’s No. 168 overall 2024 prospect, the No. 17 athlete and the No. 6 prospect in Ohio.
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The Buckeyes started their 2024 recruiting class in spectacular fashion with the commitment of the country’s No. 1 overall prospect quarterback Dylan Raiola. Stover joins Raiola and offensive lineman Ian Moore as Ryan Day and his staff look to continue their dominance when it comes to keeping the top in-state players headed to Ohio State.
The Buckeyes also have an outstanding 2023 recruiting class that is currently ranked No. 6th in the country in the 247 Sports Composite recruiting rankings.