Ohio State currently doesn’t have any commits for the 2023 class. However, there are two prospects from the state of Florida who are high on Ohio State. Here’s the latest on two Ohio State prospects from South Florida and Central Florida.

Buckeyes offer standout Florida defensive back

On Tuesday, the Buckeyes entered in the fray for Daemon Fagan, the 2023 standout defensive back from American Heritage in Plantation, Fl. He’s not yet ranked by any recruiting services, but the sophomore already has offers from schools such as Georgia, Miami and Florida State. Fagan said that he was speechless when he got the offer from the Buckeyes.

“It was an amazing feeling,” he said.

Brian Hartline and Matt Barnes were the coaches who extended the offer to Fagan, who is being recruited by the Buckeyes as a safety. He said that he would love to take a visit to Ohio State once the NCAA gives clearance to do so and that the Buckeyes are now a major factor in his recruitment. He also isn’t concerned with playing away from home, as he’s looking for the best opportunity.

“Distance is no factor in my recruitment,” he said. “I’m open to whoever.”

There’s no doubt that Fagen will be a major target for the Buckeyes going forward.

2023 Orlando prospect still high on Ohio State

Orlando Dr. Phillips offensive tackle Payton Kirkland received his offer from Ohio State back in July and he said that getting the offer was exciting for he and his mom, especially since Ohio State was one of his favorite schools growing up. After a dip in communication during his football season, things have picked back up with the Buckeyes.

“The communication these past few months have been pretty good,” he said. “During the season communication fell out because I was focused, but this offseason the staff has been recruiting me pretty hard.”

Tony Alford and Greg Studrawa are leading the charge in Kirkland’s recruitment. Once the recruiting dead-period opens back up, Kirkland said he’s hoping to visit some Pac 12 schools first before taking other visits. A good environment and building good relationships with the coaches are two of the things he’s looking for on these visits.

“When I take visits, I would love to get a feel for the environment, as well as get face-to-face with coaches with my mom and build a relationship,” he said.

Kirkland has over 20 offers from some of the top programs across the country. As of right now, he doesn’t have a school or a group of schools that he’s favoring, but Ohio State will be one of the schools that he strongly considers.

“As of right now I don’t particularly have any leaders, but OSU will remain high on my board,” he said.

Kirkland is one of a handful of elite Central Florida prospects to keep an eye on in the class of 2023.

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