Lathan Ransom, a safety from Tucson, Arizona, is now officially a Buckeye.
Ransom sent in his signed Letter of Intent to join Ohio State’s 2020 recruiting class.
He’s a top-100 overall player in the nation and decided to stick with the Buckeyes, even after co-defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley announced he was leaving the program.
Here’s a look at what Ransom brings to Ohio State.
Ranking: He is a 4-star prospect, considered the No. 5 safety and 4th-best player in the state of Arizona this year.
Other Offers: He picked the Buckeyes over offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan, and Texas.
Positional Projection: Ransom will start his career at the safety spot. If the Buckeyes stay with the one-high look they showed for most of 2019, that will be the same position as Josh Proctor and the departing Jordan Fuller.
Commitment: He committed to the Buckeyes in July 2019.
Enrolling: Ransom will finish his senior year of high school and then enroll at Ohio State in the summer of 2020.
Projected Impact: It’s generally not great news if a team has a true freshman safety on the field in key moments.
Look for Ransom to mainly contribute on special teams in 2020, and then make a push for the starting job in 2021 – especially if Proctor leaves early for the NFL.
You can watch Ransom’s junior season highlight reel below.