Buckeyes Secure Verbal Commitment from Nation’s No. 2 Safety Jaiden Woodbey

Jaiden Woodbey

Ohio State’s 2018 recruiting class grew by one today as Jaiden Woodbey, a star safety out of California, committed to the Buckeyes over offers from USC, Nebraska, and Washington. He also held offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Cal, and UCLA.

He announced his commitment via Twitter.

All four services rank Woodbey as a 4-star prospect, with Scout tabbing him as the No. 2 safety in the 2018 class. Per the 247Sports Composite, he is the No. 32 player in the nation overall.

The Long Beach Press-Telegram named Woodbey to their 2016 Dream Team following a junior season where he recorded 70 tackles and four interceptions. According to the Press-Telegram, Woodbey is the top 2018 recruit in the area. The 247Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 4 player in the entire state for the 2018 class.

Woodbey is a former teammate of 2017 Ohio State signee Wyatt Davis at St. John Bosco High School, and that may have had a role in him selecting the Buckeyes. Woodbey made his first visit to Columbus on January 28 for Ohio State’s Junior Day and had a great time while there. His main recruiters for the Buckeyes were Urban Meyer and Greg Schiano.

Woodbey becomes the third commitment for the Buckeyes in the class of 2018, joining 4-star Florida running back Brian Snead and 5-star Georgia quarterback Emory Jones.

With the commitments of six defensive backs in the class of 2017, it is uncertain how many the Buckeyes will take from the secondary in 2018, but Woodbey is too good of a prospect for them to turn away.

You can check out his highlights below.

We’ll have more on Woodbey’s commitment this week.