5-Star Safety Jaiden Woodbey Flips From OSU to FSU

Jaiden Woodbey


After being committed to Ohio State since February, 5-star California safety Jaiden Woodbey flipped from the Buckeyes and has signed with Florida State.

Woodbey is ranked the No. 2 safety in the nation and the No. 27 prospect in the 2018 class overall by the 247Sports Composite.

Florida State offered Woodbey just eight days ago and he visited FSU officially this past weekend. Apparently, he liked what he saw.

The Seminoles are currently in the midst of a coaching change and current Seminoles defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Charles Kelly is not expected to be retained by new head coach Willie Taggart. His eventual replacement has not been named yet either, meaning that Woodbey’s future position coach is an unknown at this point.

While the loss is a blow, the Buckeyes still signed the nation’s No. 5 safety in Tyreke Johnson and the No. 8 safety in Josh Proctor. They also signed 3-star safety Marcus Hooker, who is the brother of former Ohio State All-American Malik Hooker. Johnson is expected to begin his career at cornerback.

Woodbey was the second decommitment of the day for Ohio State, as quarterback Emory Jones signed with Florida. That was expected, however, as the Buckeyes decided they didn’t have room for Jones when they went out and got a commitment from Texas quarterback Matthew Baldwin.

Ohio State also missed out on 5-star Ohio offensive tackle Jackson Carman, who signed with Clemson.

The Buckeye recruiting class, which has spent the bulk of the last year ranked No. 1, has now fallen to No. 2 behind Georgia.


14 Responses

  1. If Woodbey’s flip was not because of Grades, Then there must be some ” shit in the game”. Signing with a school you have only known for a week after being committed to another for a year doesn’t make any sense. Mississippi anyone?

  2. OSU gained two flips – Brown and Williams – so nothing for Buckeye fans to flip their lids over. These are teenage kids – not grown men. They’re going to change their minds over who they want to play for, just as they change their minds over girlfriends. The guys who signed to play at Ohio State are the guys who will work their tails off for the honor of Scarlet and Gray. I’m good with that!

  3. OSU did not “Fall” to # 2. Georgia passed them.

    1. The decommitments played a part in that, no?

      1. Tony you are right, of course they did.

  4. Uh Jaiden. we’re going to need the credential back……..and the shirt……………and the sweatpants

  5. He had a winning lottery ticket in his hand and just lost it. Good luck with that air between your ears.

  6. Buckeye Nation will not miss these kids. Mark my words. There was a reason The Closer didn’t close. Cox is really the only one that upsets me a bit..but you can’t blame a kid for wanting to play for the home team. He also handled it well. No smoke and mirrors.

  7. Thanks Tony, just weird seeing Urban not close the deals this year. Losing Cox also. Yesterday he was saying we can take two QBs. It makes you wonder what is going on inside the program.

  8. First time to see Urban struggle down the stretch run and lose his prospects. 5 Star Ohio OL, 4-5 Star QB who had been commited 16 months, and a 5 Star safety who had been committed for quite awhile. This is not a good sign to see this happening. Obviously they have not gotten their DE’s and missed on Parsons due to some obscure rule. Not sure what is happening…not good!

    1. Meyer said today there was no room for Emory Jones once Baldwin committed.

  9. Another idiot with no integrity to join his buddies Carman and Jones

    1. Carman is not an integrity issue, he never committed to OSU. He did say he felt there was less pressure playing away from home. Avoiding pressure may not be what a team wants from a top player at this level.

    2. What about the players that flipped to OSU? You do know that OSUs starting left tackle flipped from MSU?

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