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How Does the Jaylen Johnson Commitment Help Ohio State

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Buckeye football fans can celebrate yet another exciting commitment to the class of 2021. Highly sought after DB/LB Jaylen Johnson from Cincinnati, Lasalle High School made his verbal commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

His commitment is definitely an early surprise as he previously stated he would not commit until his father’s birthday on May 22, 2020. He and his father had agreed to allow the full recruiting process to play out until then.

Ohio State Camp

Jaylen attended the one day camp on the campus of Ohio State in the summer before the beginning of his 2019-2020 junior season at Lasalle High School. Coach Al Washington (LBs) liked what he saw from his performance and Johnson was offered that day. He mentioned that Jaylen was one of the hardest working prospects being recruited at the time.

Collectively, coaches Al Washington, Jeff Hafley (co-DC/secondary) and Ryan Day (HC) recruited the Cincinnati native. Between the month of September and now, coaches Washington and Day were in consistent contact with Jaylen via text, nurturing the relationship and trust in the progress of the OSU defense.

The bullet position currently played by the returning Shaun Wade is highly intriguing to him as he presents a similar skillset. Johnson has proved to be a class act and has mentioned he is eager to play wherever he is needed.

Jaylen Johnson Offers

The top-ten player from Ohio was offered scholarships by more than 15 FBS football programs and was closely speaking with Cincinnati, Perdue, Northwestern and the University of Kentucky. Two Cincinnati, OH class of 2020 commits, Jake Seibert (K) and Joe Royer (TE), both played a role in building interest and often talked to Jaylen about committing to Ohio State. The OSU class of 2020 includes a total of 5 players all from the city of Cincinnati. Other schools that offered include Akron, Boston College, Central Michigan, Indiana, Iowa State, Liberty, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Toledo, West Virginia, and Western Michigan.

Jaylen Johnson Decision

What ultimately led Jaylen Johnson to select Ohio State? Jaylen said that the stadium atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the fans drive him to play his best. He visited the OSU campus in March, April, June, and September of 2019. Hearing the term “leadership” used persistently during his visits left a strong and positive impression on the young man.

His academic aspirations point toward a future in business and engineering or sports broadcasting. This also contributed to making one of the biggest decisions in his life thus far.

Jaylen Johnson Ultimate Highlights // 2021 Ohio State S Commit // La Salle Cincinnati, OH

1/10/2020 1:50:49 PM
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Ohio States Class of 2020 Early Signing Period

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Ohio State’s 2020 Class of football recruits have almost all signed during the Early Signing Period today including 24 players across many geographical locations and positions. The class is posed to be a top 3 or top 4 class nationally, the best in the Big Ten, and one that makes the Buckeyes a favorite to the favorite in the conference for years to come. Let’s look at each position and the players.

Wide Receivers

Julian Fleming from Catawissa PA, 6’3” 210lbs a 5 Star recruit

Gee Scott Jr from Bellevue WA 6’3” 195lbs 4 Star recruit

Jaxon Smith-Njigba from Rockwall TX 6’1” 185lb 5 Star recruit

Mookie Cooper from Maryland Heights MO 5’9” 195lbs 4 Star recruit

Tight End

Joe Royer from Cincinnati OH 6’5”220lbs 3 Star recruit

Running Back

Miyan Williams from Cincinnati, OH 5'9" 210lbs 3 Star recruit

Quarterback

CJ Stroud from Rancho Cucamonga, CA 6'4" 192lbs 4 Star recruit
Jack Miller from Scottsdale, AZ 6'4" 210lbs 4 Star recruit

Offensive Guard

Josh Fryar from Beech Grove, IN 6'5" 295lbs 3 Star recruit
Jakob James from Cincinnati, OH 6'4" 265lbs 3 Star recruit

Offensive Tackle

Grant Toutant from Warren, MI 6'7" 310lbs 3 Star recruit
Trey Leroux from Norwalk, OH 6'6" 317lbs 3 Star recruit
Paris Johnson Jr. from Cincinnati, OH 6'7" 295lbs 5 Star recruit

Center

Luke Wypler from Montvale, NJ 6'4" 280lbs 4 Star recruit

Line Backer

Kourt Williams from Bellflower, CA 6'0" 215lbs 4 Star recruit
Mitchell Melton from Olney, MD 6'4" 230lbs 3 Star recruit
Cody Simon from Jersey City, NJ 6'2" 215lbs 4 Star recruit

Kicker

Jake Seibert from Cincinnati, OH 6'1" 195lbs 3 Star recruit

Defensive Tackle

Jacolbe Cowan from Charlotte, NC 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit
Darrion Henry from Cincinnati, OH 6'5" 265lbs 4 Star recruit

Defensive End

Ty Hamilton from Pickerington, OH 6'2" 254lbs 3 Star recruit

12/18/2019 3:59:25 PM
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Marvin Harrison Jr

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Ohio State has made a major signing for its class of 2021 by securing a commitment from Marvin Harrison Jr to sign for the Buckeyes. Harrison, who stands 6 ft. 4 and weights 174 lbs. is a wide receiver who currently plays for St Joseph's Prep School in Philadelphia and is ranked 87th is the top 100 recruits for this year and is the top ranked receiver in the state of Pennsylvania. One of his current teammates, quarterback Kyle McCord has also committed to Ohio State for next season. Harrison has had 3o catches so far this season for over 610 yards

Marvin Harrison Jr Offers

Harrison Jr had offers from many colleges across the nation and is reported to have had at least 25 scholarship offers. The list includes Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia Tech, Florida, Michigan and Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Penn State, LSU and Texas A&M, Virginia and Virginia Tech as well as his fathers alma mater, Syracuse.

Joining Kyle McCord

Harrison Jr has admitted that his friendship with QB Kyle McCord and McCord's decision to commit to the OSU Buckeyes was a major factor in his own decision to also head for Columbus Ohio. Both helped St Joseph's win a PIAA Class 6A state title last season. Both quarterback and receiver were known to stay behind after high school practice to run through some additional drills and McCord has said Harrison Jr thinks like a quarterback and is a physically very strong player. Harrison Jr said that he felt Ohio State was a school where he could progress and develop not just as an athlete but also as a person. He has been highly impressed with both Head Coach Ryan Day and Wide Receiver coach Brian Hartline and was reported as saying that he felt both coaches could help him reach his full potential. Harrison Jr was also reported as being highly complimentary about Ohio State's academic record.

Selected Ohio State

Harrison Jr said he narrowed his choice down to 3 teams, LSU, Ohio State and also the Florida Gators and said he made his mind up after visiting LSU for their game against Florida over the 2nd weekend in October. Harrison Jr said that he felt the time was right to make the decision before his school moved into the playoffs. His current coach at St Joseph's, Tim Roken, has been highly impressed with Harrison's football IQ and his background and is in no doubt he will be a great success at Ohio State.

11/15/2019 2:28:50 PM
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Ben Christman On Recruiting and Staying at Home

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Yes, recruiting for the 2021 college football season has already started. Ohio State's fourth recruit is Ben Christman, a four-star offensive tackle, making him the school's first offensive line recruit for 2021. Christman is currently in his junior year at Revere High in Richfield, Ohio, so he's another home state recruit, which seems to be the trend at OSU right now. He's a big guy, at 6'6", 299 pound, according to 247Sports. Christman was recruited by Greg Studrawa and Tony Alford.

How Christman Ranks

Christman is considered one of the best lineman in the state. He's ranked as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country for 2021 and No. 44 overall. In the state of Ohio he's rated No. 2.

His recruitment also means that OSU has recruited the top two in-state prospects for back to back years. This kind of homegrown talent sticking around is exciting to see. "You can make the argument that Ohio's the best state for high school talent," Christman reportedly said. "You have so many guys that go on to play Division I and in the NFL. It speaks for itself. Ohio's where football was originated so you have to think that it's the best."

Back in June, Christman took to Twitter and announced his commitment: "COMMITTED!! I'm staying HOME…" He's obviously thrilled to stay in Ohio and be part of Buckeye football!

What Other Options Did Christman Have to Consider Outside of Ohio State?

Ben also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Notre Dame, all known for their football programs, so it says something that he chose Ohio State.

Why Christman picked Ohio State?

Christman is clearly a big fan of Buckeye football (I mean, who isn't around here, right?!), and joining "The Brotherhood" as he put it has been a dream of his. Now it's come true. The young star also seems very pleased to be staying in his home state, and is also excited about the wave of other recruits from within Ohio.

Ben Christman: 4-star recruit on why Ohio State is home

10/11/2019 4:03:51 PM
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Ohio State New Addition: Kourt Williams

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Kourt Williams is a young football athlete who has recently committed to the Ohio State football program. He began his football career at Saint John's Bosco High School in California. Kourt Williams plays the Outside Linebacker position with aggression, as well as strong tackle power. His knowledge of the game, and play recognition, has made him a standout prospect for numerous colleges. Kourt Williams is also in excellent shape as of February 2nd. Proof of his athleticism is a 4.6 second 40-yard dash time, 39.3 inch vertical jump, and 4.09 second shuttle. His build is also perfect for the position he plays, and helps make him a force to be reckoned with on the field. Kourt Williams stands tall at 6-foot-1, and weighs 209 pounds. Kourt Williams was rated a four star talent by a number of services. Add to that into his traits mentioned previously, and you have the recipe for true talent.

Other College Offers for Kourt Williams

Kourt Williams has talent, and this is known by the numerous college offers that he received prior to committing to Ohio State. Williams took immediate interest in Penn State, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma as his top three choices from the start. Penn State was among the top prospects for Williams, and it should be noted that he did visit the campus twice to talk things over with coaches and players. As time moved forward the list eventually grew to 5, and Ohio State began to look like his number one choice. The California native then began to look at the offers and choices that were presented to him. During the spring season he visited several of his top prospects: Texas A&M on April 26th, Oklahoma on May 3rd, Penn State June 7th, and finally Ohio State on June 21st. All of the schools mentioned have excellent football programs, and even offered him scholarships (among 20 other schools). It became clear that Ohio State was starting to win the battle after his attendance at the 2020 Buckeyes recruiting barbecue. The recruiting deal included a scholarship of course.

The Ohio State 2020 Class

Ohio State had recently received offensive talent prior to Williams committing to their university, and it was clear that they were looking to add some defensive talent to their roster. Ohio State is recognized as one of the top football schools in the nation, so it is clear that they wanted the 12th ranked outside linebacker in the country for that particular recruiting year. The Ohio State roster after this current recruiting year is looking very strong with an abundance of four start talent on both sides of the football.

Kourt Williams Ultimate Highlights // 2020 St. John Bosco 4⭐️ LB/DB // Ohio State Commit

9/6/2019 2:30:57 PM
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Safety Lathan Ransom's College Decision

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Lathan Ransom is one of the best players coming out of Arizona in the 2020 recruiting class. The 4-star safety is ranked 190 nationally out of the ESPN 2020 Top 300 and 6th at his position. Lathan Ransom boasts some impressive physical attributes standing at 6-feet and 2-inches weighing in at 183 pounds.


Lathan Ransom Scholarship Offers


Ransom committed to Ohio State University on July 16th of 2019, choosing OSU over a star packed list of colleges including: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Georgia, Oklahoma, Indiana, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, UT Austin, UCLA, Michigan and MSU, Texas A&M, University of South California, Utah and Washington. In addition to OSU, Ransom made official visits to UTA, Notre Dame, LSU and Oklahoma. Lathan Ransom used his last official visit to OSU where he would fatefully end up committing to.

Why he selected Ohio State?


In an interview with Bucknuts, Ransom stated he chose the OSU program due to his belief in what coaches Jeff Hafley and Ryan Day are accomplishing there. He also stated he was in constant contact with the two and that they were actively making an effort in recruiting.
Looking at the OSU recruiting class now, it is visible Coach Day is attempting to assemble a super class for the upcoming year. Just before the spring period came to an end, the Buckeyes had only one defensive player commit, but with Lathan Ransom choosing OSU, the class roster now boasts eight defensive commits.
Ransom will play the free safety position at OSU and will be counted on to turn around the OSU defensive blunder that cost them many yards, points and big plays in the 2018 season. Lathan Ransom is set to be a primary mover of the Buckeyes defense and is seemingly their lead player on that side of the ball.

OSU 2020 Class


In addition to Lathan Ransom, the Buckeyes 2020 super class includes commitments from quarterback Jack Miller, star wide receivers Gee Scott Jr. and Julian Fleming, a stacked lineup of offensive linemen and a few other defensive stars including 4-star defensive end Darrion Henry, 4-star linebacker Cody Simon and 4-star cornerback Lejond Cavazos.
7/19/2019 1:15:27 PM
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Why Mitchell Melton Chose Ohio State

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The 2020 recruiting class for the Ohio State saw a number of fantastic prospects join their ranks for the upcoming season. One of the most prolific names to surface from this is that of Olney based Mitchell Melton. Standing at six foot three and weighing a very respectable 235 pounds, the outsider linebacker is one of several coups for the Buckeyes. A stark contrast to the more recent shift of OSU towards smaller, faster linebackers, Mitchell Melton is a larger linebacker than what fans have been used to seeing in recent recruits. Not that that means, by any accounts that he will have any less of an impact for the college team.


Mitchell Melton's Strengths


Despite his bigger stature, Mitchell Melton is certainly not missing much in terms of speed with very respectable showings in testing, something which will undoubtedly only increase once he is integrated within the Ohio State fitness program. Perhaps the greatest attribute this young man brings however is that of agility, with a great set of stats to accompany his profile. Mitchell Melton moves well, he's perfectly apt in regards to pace and very agile, particularly for someone of his stature. With a great tactical brain, Melton is a great defensive prospect who had a good track record with ensuring plays are defended to the very best standards. While he needs work on coverage and has plenty of room to grow, OSU will certainly be content with this recruit.

College Scholarship Offers


With offers coming in several directions, from Michigan, Notre Dame, Air Force and Duke, there was only one real challenge to OSU coming from the offer from Michigan. With visits at Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan respectively, it was OSU that really caught the linebackers eye with the decision seemingly unanimous. Seemingly falling in love with Ohio State's infamous program, it was a shoe in for Mitchell Melton, with very little challenge coming from elsewhere.

Why He Chose Ohio State


A man who is guided by his faith, Mitchell Melton seemed ecstatic to announce his decision with his passion and commitment to OSU evident in his social media activity. Having played his football with Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, this was a huge step for the young linebacker but one both the team and himself will be delighted with. What makes him stand out, as well as his devout and very obvious faith is his devotion to education, with the aim to study within finance and sports marketing, something which heavily influenced his decision to join the OSU 2020 recruiting class.
7/12/2019 2:05:21 PM
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Ibrahima Diallo giving Ohio State More Center Depth

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Following a 20-15 season, the Buckeyes will need to regroup. This last season their tallest player was freshmen Jaeden LeDee, a freshman. But even he isn't a true center. It is hard to win a game without true size, but on the perimeter, but more importantly inside. Without a good defensive presence, your lane will turn into a freeway for layups. But, sadly for the fans of Ohio State, their basketball team will take another hit. Jaeden LeDee the former four-star recruit had decided to transfer from the school. Both the school and their second-year coach confirmed this. The coach called him a wonderful young man, and wish him all the best in the future. Ledee didn't match some of the hype and expectations the team had of him and obviously the expectations that he about playing time. He averaged only 3 points and a bit under two rebounds per game. Not every freshman wearing the number 23 makes a splash. He also struggled shooting the ball. In the age when more a more players shoot behind the line, Ledee barely shoots threes.

Ohio State Centers

The only player that can currently cover the center position is sophomore Kaleb Wesson. He had a great season averaging 14 points, 7 rebounds and shooting around 35% from three. He has entered his name into the NBA Draft. But, luckily for Ohio State fans, he isn't appearing on any Mock Draft Boards. This will probably lead him to return to Ohio State for another season, to boost his draft stock.

He could have a lot of help in Ohio's new recruit Ibrahima Diallo, a true seven-footer. Ibrahima Diallo is a native of the West African country of Senegal. He last played for Prolific Prep. Even if he is a three-star recruit, he is built more in the style of a modern NBA big man. He is more mobile than centers of the past and is sure to add weight to his 200-pound frame. The 211 recruit in the country will bring much-needed size to the Ohio State roster.

College Offers for Diallo

He is quite a raw prospect. He only played two games in his senior year of varsity basketball. But that did not stop coaches from top universities to approach him with offers. In total, he had five offers on the table. He had to decide between Ohio State, DePaul, Florida State, Pittsburgh, and USF. In the end, he committed to Ohio State.

5/9/2019 2:36:57 PM
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Why Lejond Cavazos Re-Committed to Ohio State

Ohio state first got a commitment from the 2020 four-star defensive back Lejond Cavazos in June 2018. At the time he was ranked as the number 10 safety and Number 197 player by national rankings for 2020. For all his defensive exhibition during that time, Cavasoz was highly coveted with 21 other schools including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, amongst others with the top challenger being Oregon, Georgia and Miami Hurricanes.

That was then, Lajond Cavazos has since recommitted himself to Ohio state university again.

Why did he de-commit from the Ohio State University football team?

A lot has been said about Cavasoz de-commitment from the Ohio States in December 2018. Amongst the superior reasons was the retirement of Head Coach Urban Meyers who is highly reputed as a very successful college football coach in history.

Was it loyalty that prompted Cavazos de-commitment?

All in all, the controversy surrounding Head coach Urban Meyers retirement was vocally pointed out to be out of health concerns and not dismissal from how he handled his former receivers coach Zach Smith domestic abuse allegations.

Following Cavazos de-commitment, he was again highly sought after by 22 other teams, the top being Michigan, Alabama and Ohio State which still wanted him to commit to the program.

Why did he recommit to Ohio State?

During his de-commitment in December 2018, Cavasoz stated that Ohio State still remains his top choice. A number of players had de-committed following Head Coach Urban Meyers retirement because they wanted to keep their options open in case better programs came calling. For Cavasoz, de-committing was because he had a dream of playing under retired coach Meyer. The new coach was unknown to him and had to inspire new confidence in him.

When offensive coach Ryan Day stepped up as a head coach for the Ohio State, the de-commitments from Cavasoz and other players put him on the spot on his ability to reel in high profile, high-level players to Ohio State.

Day silenced his critics by adding a Five-star player to his ranks. The signing of Defensive Zach Harrison during the transfer was a bold move. He again signed Quarterback Justin Fields and went further ahead to solidify his first two classes with five-star players.

These bold steps made players recommit to Ohio State and to Day as it inspired confidence.

4/19/2019 3:56:06 PM
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Why Jonah Jackson transferred from Rutgers to Ohio State

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Rutgers is widely considered to be one of the worst teams in the college Big Ten conference, and the woes of its coach Chris Ash grew, when its leading player Jonah Jackson announced that he was taking a graduate transfer to Ohio State. Ohio state is one of the leading teams in college football, having won conference championships and is the defending champion. Jackson was one of the three players who had opted for a transfer from Rutgers in the NCAA transfer portal, weakening the team further but the other players have not committed to any other team.

Jonah Jackson

The Rutgers player Jonah Jackson is six feet four inches tall and weighs 305 pounds. He played a total of 31 football games for Rutgers and started at sixteen games. In the last season, he played for a total of eleven games for the Scarlett Knights. He was valued as a versatile football player, who could could play at either of the guard positions if required, and also at the center. He was widely regarded as the best lineman in the Rutgers team for offense. He has won a honorable mention in the All-Big Ten in the last season by both the coaches of the teams and the media.

3/4/2019 2:25:18 PM
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