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Former USC Linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV Listed in Ohio State's Student Directory

Ohio State appears to be on the verge of adding a former five-star recruit to its linebacker room.

Former USC linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV, a five-star prospect out of high school and one of the top linebackers in the transfer portal this year, is now listed as a student in Ohio State's public student directory, indicating that he will be enrolling in the university. Gaoteote could begin classes as soon as Tuesday, when Ohio State's six-week Summer Session 2 is set to begin.

Palaie Gaoteote IV
Palaie Gaoteote IV

Neither Gaoteote nor Ohio State had confirmed he would join the Buckeyes as of late Friday night, though Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington hinted at a coming addition to his room with a pair of tweets on Thursday and Friday:

Ohio State has been pursuing the potential addition of Gaoteote since former Tennessee linebacker Henry To'o To'o's commitment to Alabama in May.