Garrett Stover is committed to a four-star safety for 2024 Ohio State

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2024 four-star Garrett Stover became Ohio State's third commitment in the class of 2024 when he pulled the trigger and committed to the Buckeyes on Monday, following in the footsteps of his cousin, current Ohio State tight end Cade Stover.  He joins five-star Arizona State quarterback Dylan Raiola and takes on Indiana four-star offensive tackle Ian Moore in the class.
Stover is the first in-state and first defensive commitment in the Class of 2024 at Ohio State.

Stover file

  • Season: 2024
  • Size: 6-2/195
  • POS: s
  • The school: Big Walnut (Sunbury, Ohio)
  • Composite classification: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: No. 168 (No. 17 ATH)
Stover attended five OSU games this fall, leaving no doubt about where he would end up even though he also visited Notre Dame for a home game against Clemson.  OSU Defensive Coordinator Jim Knowles and Stuff have built a solid relationship over the past few months, with the pair communicating weekly and Knowles also stopping by Big Walnut to watch a potential Ohio play earlier this fall. 

"Jim Knowles from what I've seen does a good job of keeping this defense in the best position to make plays," Stover said after one of his visits in October.  “They're fun to watch and I love their energy. I love the excitement they get when a guy puts on a play and everyone congratulates them. It's just something you want to be a part of.” 

Stover earned OSU's first offer on June 1 after an impressive recruiting camp in which he ran a 4.45 second dash from 40 yards, scored a wide jump of 10 feet 1 inch and showed great agility on defensive back drills.

"Coach Day called my mom and me into his office and he did it there," Stauffer said.  "He put my dad on speaker too because he wasn't there and said we're offering your son a full scholarship to Ohio State. That was obviously a very exciting moment. I also got emotional. It was really cool."

While his first call was to his father, Garrett's second call after getting his offer was to Kidd.

"He was definitely number one on my call list," Stauffer said of Kidd.  “I made sure I called him right after that. He was so happy for me and congratulated me.” 

Knowles told Stover he could play safe or linebacker when he arrived on campus.

"He told me I could play (fullback and safety)," Stover said.  "It's really how my body develops as the years go by. It's just about making sure I stay flexible and loose so I have the chance to play both and be that dynamic player. It's something unique, having the chance to play both and I'm excited to see where I fit."

At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Stover has the frame to play either safety or linebacker in Knowles' scheme.  He has a skill set similar to Ronnie Hickman as he can cover the deep third of the field, attack off the edge and line up in the full back position.  For Big Walnut High School, Stover played safety his sophomore year, and then primarily played center fielder his junior season.  He also contributes offensively as a wide receiver for his high school team, though he is unlikely to change positions at the collegiate level as many times as his cousin did at Columbus.

With Stover in the fold, Ohio State is still pursuing other top safety targets in 2024 such as five-star safety KJ Bolden, who will be in attendance for OSU's game against Michigan on Saturday.  Other key targets include Peyton Woodyard, Jaylen Hayward, Corian Gibson and Faboue Toure. 

Stover had 16 Division I bids and selected Ohio State over the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan State, Kentucky, Iowa State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Cincinnati.  He was deemed the No. 168 player in 2024 nationally according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

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