'25 FL LB - Elijah Melendez (Miami FL Verbal)

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    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    ELIJAH MELENDEZ PICKS UP OHIO STATE OFFER
    Ohio State has offered another talented linebacker in the 2025 class. The Buckeyes extended an offer to Florida four-star linebacker Elijah Melendez earlier this week, making him the 16th linebacker OSU has offered in the 2025 cycle thus far.

    Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, the 6-foot-2, 223-pound linebacker is considered the 245th-ranked prospect and the 26th-rated linebacker. He’s picked up nearly 30 Division I offers, including from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Texas A&M, UCF and USC.
     
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    Ohio State offers 2025 four-star LB
    Ohio State’s 2024 class is quickly wrapping up, with 21 verbal commitments as of this morning. With few spots remaining, focus is shifting towards next years cycle. However, this is not a new transition as the Buckeyes already have a head-start in its 2025 class.

    Ohio State already holds a commitment from four-star quarterback Tavien St. Clair, the No. 3 QB in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. They will be looking to add to this class and have been putting in the effort to do so. On Monday, the team offered rising 2025 linebacker, Elijah Melendez.

    Melendez has seen his recruitment take off this summer and the blue-chip prospect now holds more than 25 offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Oklahoma, Pitt, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCF, USC, and now Ohio State.

    Melendez has not been able to make many visits to schools he is interested in yet, and because of that there is no early favorite in this one. Expect Melendez to try and trim down his list of almost 30 offers and begin taking visits afterwards. If Ohio State is interested, the coaching staff will need to build a strong relationship with him as it will be tough to pry him out of SEC Country.

    He is the No. 26 LB in the 247Sports Composite Rankings and is the No. 245 overall prospect. He is also the No. 35 prospect from the talent-rich state of Florida.
     
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    When four-star Florida linebacker Elijah Melendez was offered by Ohio State on Aug. 20, he knew he had just received a significant offer.

    Ohio State’s James Laurinaitis, Jim Knowles and defensive assistant Gerren DuHart each hopped on a call with Melendez last month and went into detail about how they view him as a prospect, followed by giving him the offer.

    “It felt amazing,” Melendez told Eleven Warriors of receiving his OSU offer. “It was like a ‘Wow’ moment. Coach Laurinaitis said I’m the most physical and explosive linebacker in the country. They really liked watching my film. Coach Knowles said he really likes me and is looking forward to seeing me play over the next year.”

    Melendez said OSU’s staff told him they could see him playing either Mike or Will at the next level.

    Per 247Sports’ composite rankings, the 6-foot-2, 223-pound linebacker is considered the 251st overall prospect and the 28th-best linebacker in the 2024 class. He’s picked up nearly 30 Division I offers, including from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Texas A&M, UCF and USC.

    “I’m fast, I’m violent, I’m physical and have good size and speed,” Melendez said of describing his game. “My motor is non-stop. I play every snap like it’s the last play of my whole career.”

    Melendez said he’s hopeful to attend OSU’s contest against Western Kentucky on Sept. 16.

    “It’ll be great to see them in person and for them to get a look at my size in person,” Melendez said of what he’s hoping to see on his upcoming visit. “I want to see how the linebackers play and just how the players like it, really. I want to see how the fanbase is and how organized everything is.”

    The Florida prospect said he’s already finalized a top seven schools list of Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky and Miami. While he’s narrowed down his recruitment, Melendez said he doesn’t have a timeline in mind as of now.

    “It’s such a prestigious university,” Melendez said when asked about the most appealing thing about potentially playing for OSU. “The program is legendary, coach Laurinaitis is legendary. Everything is prestigious and top tier.”
     
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    ELIJAH MELENDEZ TO VISIT OHIO STATE FOR PENN STATE GAME
    Since picking up an offer from Ohio State in August, four-star 2025 Florida linebacker Elijah Melendez has been searching for a weekend that works for him and his family to visit Ohio State. After planning on visiting for the second home game against Western Kentucky, Melendez has rescheduled his trip to this Saturday for the Penn State game, where there will be no shortage of high-profile recruits in attendance.

    “It’ll be great to see them in person and for them to get a look at my size in person,” Melendez told Eleven Warriors before his since-cancelled September visit. “I want to see how the linebackers play and just how the players like it, really. I want to see how the fanbase is and how organized everything is.”

    In September, Melendez said he’s already finalized a top seven schools list of Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama, Michigan, Arkansas, Kentucky and Miami. While he’s narrowed down his recruitment, Melendez said he doesn’t have a timeline in mind as of now.
     
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