Five-star Scottsdale, Arizona (Saguaro HS) cornerback Kelee Ringo released his top five on Thursday and included Ohio State.
— Kelee Ringo (@KeleeRingo) June 27, 2019
Joining the Buckeyes are Georgia, Texas, Oregon, and Alabama.
Ringo (6-2 205) is the No. 1 cornerback in the nation per the 247Sports Composite and the No. 9 player overall. He is the No. 6 player in Rivals’ rankings.
This past week while participating at Rivals’ Five-Star Challenge camp, Ringo was laser-timed running a 4.35 40-yard dash and a 4.36. Nobody else at the camp went sub-4.5. Ringo also ran a 10.43 100M dash three months ago setting a meet record at the 79th Nike Chandler Rotary Invitational in Chandler, Arizona.
As a big cornerback, Ringo is as physical as corners his size should be. He is able to keep receivers at the line of scrimmage when playing press and attacks the man across the line of scrimmage from him. In off coverage, however, he can turn and run just fine. He is rarely tested downfield and many of his big plays come from helping off of coverage. In fact, according to his highlight package below, he was only thrown at five times last season.
His size, speed, and strength combine for the prototypical cornerback. Here is the scouting report from 247Sports.com.
Long, projectable frame with muscular build. Carries 205 pounds very well. Room to add mass and maintain flexibility. Explosive athlete with terrific straight-line speed. Length to cover big receivers out wide. Highly competitive and thrives in man coverage. Stingy near the line of scrimmage. Opens hips and stays with speedsters. Very good ball skills. Tends to get too physical at times, so will need to harness the aggressiveness. Potential to start at any Power Five program as true freshman. Upside as first-round NFL Draft selection.
Ohio State has been very involved in the state of Arizona this recruiting cycle, having already received a commitment from 4-star Scottsdale quarterback Jack Miller. They have also made great strides with 5-star Tucson running back Bijan Robinson and his 4-star safety teammate Lathan Ransom. Together, Ringo, Miller, Robinson, and Ransom represent four of the top five players in the state in this 2020 class.
The Buckeyes already have two cornerbacks committed in Lejond Cavazos and Clark Phillips, but are still looking for more because corners can easily become safeties if need be.