Four-star safety prospect Jordan Morant released his Top 10 on Wednesday and Ohio State made the cut. Joining the Buckeyes were USC, Texas A&M, Penn State, Michigan, Clemson, Miami, Alabama, Notre Dame, and LSU. He tweeted out the news.
Top Ten🔥 (Recruitment Still Open) pic.twitter.com/l2mE7Eldq0
— Jordan Morant ❄️ (@jordanmorantt) April 3, 2019
Morant (6-1 195) is 247Sports’ No. 1 safety in the 2020 class and the No. 43 player overall. In the Composite, he is the No. 8 safety and the No. 113 player in the nation.
Morant attends Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey, which is the same high school that OSU redshirt freshman defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste attended.
As a junior last season, Morant put up 36 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, and three pass break ups.
Morant is a physical defender who plays cornerback and safety for Bergen Catholic, and also lines up at times as an edge rusher in blitz packages.
In fact, in looking at his highlights, he could project as a safety or Bullet at Ohio State. He is asked to do a lot on defense right now and appears to handle it well.
Two quick clips to give you an idea of the variety of things safety Jordan Morant can do on the field. pic.twitter.com/APqJ7VyTZZ
— Tony Gerdeman (@TonyGerdeman) April 3, 2019
Right now, it looks like the Buckeyes are on the outside looking in, but the visit this weekend could change that.
Here’s where things stand with just six predictions cast.
Ohio State is waiting for their first defensive commitment in the 2020 class, but that could be coming next week when IMG defensive back Lejond Cavazos announces his commitment.
There are several other safety prospects on OSU’s radar as well, including Arizona 4-star standout Lathan Ransom, 4-star Texas prospect RJ Mickens, and 4-star Georgia safety Brian Branch, to name a few.
With Ohio State’s move to a hybrid safety/linebacker now, as well as the lack of cornerbacks signed in 2019, expect a big class of defensive backs in 2020.