Trey McNutt: A Buckeye Legacy in the Making

Exploring Ohio State Football with Trey McNutt

April 7, 2023, was a day that Trey McNutt won’t soon forget. The four-star 2025 Shaker Heights product stepped onto Ohio State’s campus as a recruit, eager to explore what the Buckeyes had to offer. He did not know the visit would mark a pivotal moment in his college football journey.


The Visit

“The visit was amazing,” McNutt shared with Eleven Warriors. “It was my first time being on campus. The coaches were really good, and I liked how the practice was run. It was intense, with fierce competition throughout.” At the end of his visit, Head Coach Ryan Day extended an offer to McNutt in his office. The young safety had seen his recruitment take off, picking up 18 Division I offers, so Day decided it was time to express formal interest.

Family Ties

McNutt’s connection to Ohio State runs deep. His father, Richard McNutt, played cornerback for OSU, and his uncle, safety Mike Doss, is also a former Buckeye. “It was really sweet,” Trey said, reflecting on the offer from the same school his father once played at. “Walking around, I got to see pictures on the wall with him and Mike Doss. That was pretty special.”

The Surprise Offer

“It was surprising actually,” McNutt recalled. “We were sitting in the office talking, and I didn’t think he’d offer me yet. It was exciting for both my mom and me. He said we’re not going to sit here and let all these other schools recruit you. After that, he extended me the offer.”

On the Field

In his sophomore season at Shaker Heights, McNutt showcased his versatility. He rotated between safety and cornerback, racking up 40 tackles (2 for loss), eight pass breakups, and one interception. On offensive, he contributed as a receiver, gaining 577 yards from scrimmage with eight total touchdowns. Ohio State sees him as a defensive back, either at safety or cornerback.

Recruitment Journey

McNutt has been in touch with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton. His ties to the Buckeyes remain strong, and he’s visited Columbus frequently. An official visit to OSU is on the horizon this summer, and he’s looking forward to the opportunity.


Trey McNutt’s journey with Ohio State football is just beginning. As a legacy, he carries the lantern given to him by his father and uncle. Buckeye fans are eagerly awaiting his next move, hoping to see him don the scarlet and grey on Saturday. Remember, the McNutt case is still ongoing, and we’ll be watching its progress. Stay tuned for more updates on this promising young talent!