Running back target decommits from Kentucky, trending toward Ohio State

Many have been interested in what new Ohio State football running backs coach Carlos Locklyn’s approach to recruiting would be.

We are finding out fairly quickly that he likes to cast a wide net. That net took him to a place that’s very familiar to Buckeyes fans: St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. The same high school that sent Marvin Harrison Jr. and Kyle McCord to Columbus could be sending another soon.

Running back Isaiah West was visited by Locklyn earlier this month. While he was committed to Kentucky, he apparently was extremely interested in the opportunity to play for Ohio State. When West decommitted from Kentucky on Monday, he opened the door for the Buckeyes.

Since reopening his recruitment, West has seen two 247Sports crystal ball picks entered for Ohio State, a sign the Buckeyes most likely lead in his recruitment. Although his ranking isn’t what fans are accustomed to — the 247Sports composite has him No. 503 overall and No. 45 among backs — 247Sports’ in-house rankings have him much higher.

Expect Ohio State to sign at least two, and possibly three, backs in the 2025 class. It’s looking like West will be on of those as the Buckeyes don’t have a back committed in the class.

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