'25 OH TE - Luka Gilbert (Verbal Offer)

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    STRONGSIDE DEFENSIVE END •6'7" | 225 LBS
    CLASS OF 2025 @ LAKOTA WEST | WEST CHESTER, OH

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    LUKA GILBERT EARNS BUCKEYES OFFER
    Riley wasn't the only Ohio prospect to earn an OSU offer after visiting spring practice on Tuesday. In-state 2025 tight end Luka Gilbert also picked up a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes, giving him five offers in total. Other schools to offer include Uconn, Kentucky, Nevada and Pittsburgh.

    The 6-foot-7, 205-pound tight end help lead Lakota West to a 13-1 season last year. OSU has obviously had no trouble recruiting Lakota West in recent cycles, landing Malik Hartford in the 2023 class and Tegra Tshabola and Jyaire Brown in 2022.
     
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    Ohio State finally secured a two tight end class in the 2024 cycle with the commitments of Damarion Witten and Max LeBlanc.

    It remains to be seen whether OSU will try for another two tight end class in 2025 or keep it to a single prospect, but either way, one of the top prospects at that position in that cycle resides in Ohio. And like most Ohio recruits, four-star prospect Luka Gilbert grew up rooting for Ohio State.

    Gilbert, considered the 135th-ranked prospect and the fourth-best tight end in the 2025 cycle per 247Sports' composite rankings, was offered by the Buckeyes on March 7, a moment that meant the world to the Lakota West product.

    “It's a huge honor, because I grew up rooting for Ohio State my whole life,” Gilbert said in June of picking up his offer. “So obviously, that was a huge honor. It seems like all my friends, they're like huge Ohio State fans. So it was kind of cool to get some recognition that way.”

    Gilbert has since visited OSU multiple times, most recently on June 20 to compete at the Buckeyes’ final recruiting camp of the summer.

    “It was great, it was an honor to be at the best college in college football and play for the most electric tight ends coach in the nation,” Gilbert said after the camp. “(Coach Keenan Bailey) is a great coach, I’d love to play for him and I could definitely see myself being his player one day … It might be the energy and how he always goes above and beyond. He cares more about you than

    Gilbert said his favorite all-time OSU player is Cade Stover, because he tries to build his game around him and tries to “play like him on the field” and produce at the next level.

    “I got the chance to talk with him when I visited OSU for a practice, but I’d like to sit down with him and get some more information from him.”

    Gilbert is the former high school teammate of Ohio State freshman safety Malik Hartford, as the pair played together at Lakota West last season. The 6-foot-7, 235-pound tight end said he’s talked to Hartford about what life in Columbus is like so far.

    “He says he loves it here. Obviously, we have a couple of dudes that have gone to Ohio State (from Lakota West), so I get to build off what they say about it. I could definitely see myself playing here in the future. Tegra (Tshabola) and I were both on offense when I was a freshman and I’ve talked with him as well.”

    During Gilbert’s camp, his talent was on display in individual drills and one-on-one competition, but he still believes he has room to grow in his junior season.

    “I’m trying to improve my route running, I’ve been doing a lot of training,” Gilbert said. “I think coach Bailey sees my speed and how I could fit into the offense perfectly,” Gilbert said. “He can teach me all the route running, that’s what he’s good at because he used to be a wide receiver coach. I think I’m better at blocking right now, and coach Kee specializes in in receiving.”

    Gilbert said he’ll likely be back at OSU for a visit in the near future, either later this summer or sometime in the fall.
     
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    Ohio four-star 2025 tight end Luka Gilbert has built a strong relationship with Ohio State over the past few months.

    The 6-foot-8, 233-pound Lakota West tight end visited Columbus in June for a camp to workout with tight ends coach Keenan Bailey, then returned on July 28 for Ohio State's SummerFest recruiting event to continue to form relationships with the coaching staff and fellow recruits.

    “Back at the camp, it was a lot of drills and learning techniques,” Gilbert said after his July 28 visit. “But (the July visit) was more like building relationships with the coaches and some of the players I might be playing with in a few years. You never know.”

    More visits should be on the horizon for the in-state product, as Gilbert says he plans on getting to “a couple of home games” at Ohio State this fall, though he doesn’t have dates set in stone yet.

    In the meantime, Gilbert will open his junior season on Friday when Lakota West takes on St. Xavier. He hopes to apply the skills he sharpened this summer and carve out a fruitful season for himself in the 2023 campaign.

    “I think I got a lot better on my route running and catching. Obviously, I’ve been working a lot on it,” Gilbert said. “I’ve been working on it three days a week with a private trainer outside of practice, and I’ve been working on blocking sleds, so I think I’m trying to perfect every single aspect of the game.”
     
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