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Cincinnati Safety Jaylen Johnson Commits to Ohio State

Jaylen Johnson Ohio State Buckeyes Commit

The 2020 signing class isn’t quite wrapped up yet for Ohio State, but the 2021 recruiting cycle is in full swing for the Buckeyes as 2021 safety Jaylen Johnson has committed to OSU.

Johnson tweeted out his announcement on Tuesday afternoon.

Johnson (6-1 205) is a 3-star prospect from Cincinnati La Salle. He is ranked the No. 18 safety in the nation per the 247Sports Composite.

Johnson committed to Ohio State over offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa State, Pitt, and Liberty.

Named a Second-Team All-State safety this past season, Johnson is ranked the No. 11 player in Ohio and the No. 421 player in the nation overall.

The commitment now gives Ohio State eight commitments in the 2021 class, which is now ranked tops nationally and tops in the Big Ten.

The Buckeyes just added 3-star Colorado tight end Sam Hart to the class a little over a week ago.

Of the eight commitments, five are from Ohio.

Joining Johnson as in-state commitments are Revere offensive lineman Ben Christman, Massillon receiver Jayden Ballard, Pickerington defensive end Jack Sawyer, and Ironton linebacker Reid Carrico.

Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has spoken openly about his desire to add Ohioans to the roster and he continues to exhibit that desire through recruiting.

The good news for Day is that the 2021 Ohio class is pretty good. Saywer is arguably the top player overall in the nation. Christman is one of the top offensive linemen.

Cincinnati Roger Bacon running back Corey Kiner was a visitor at the Michigan game this season. The Wolverines are seen as the team to beat for his services. He is ranked the No. 8 running back in the nation.

There is also Dublin Coffman safety AJ Kirk, who is the younger brother of former Buckeye great Mike Doss. Kirk is the No. 12 safety in the nation.

Ohio State could be adding a big splash to their 2021 class on Wednesday as top offensive tackle Donovan Jackson will be announcing his commitment.

16 Responses

  1. ok Buckeye GOAT gurus & fans: “solid”, liquid… or gas? Not Johnson or our coaches & players – us. ;-{)}

    …what are Jaylen’s current stats;, who measured them when at what; from a reputable source? For shirley, #421 tells us… ‘so much, honest’. LOL

    For when we extol ‘the numbers we so know are essential and great… and list #421 in our top 10… and omit the rest… do we potentially ‘send a message’ by omission? LOL

    TIA

  2. Tony, Do we read into this that Martinez is not going to commit to OSU for 2020?

  3. #421 player in the nation?? What are we doing please?

  4. Seems strange that the #11 rated player in the state and 2nd team all-state selection, would only be a 3-star. Does that mean there are currently only ten (potentially) 4- or 5-star players in the entire state of Ohio for 2021?

    1. It takes times for Ohio High School players to move up on the National stat sheets because of the lack of Spring ball and the way the rest of the season is set up. It’s not really a surprise.

  5. Solid pick up. More and more you have to trust the coaches on Ohio kids as the 4 and 5 star rankings simply seem to go more heavily to kids in other states… oddly enough, the NFL Draft seems to demonstrate that Ohio produces more than its fair share of good football players. Go figure.

    1. I would have believed that back in early part of the 2000s, but not today. Not with the internet and digital video. I want to believe that our coaches know more than recruiting services, and they probably do, but I’ve also seen how our teams play following a Jim Tressel strategy of recruiting and an Urban Meyer strategy of recruiting. KWIM?

      1. Mark Pantoni is the best in the Country at pinpointing perfect fits for each position on the field. He DOES utilize today’s technology and ALL available date on hundreds and hundreds of players. Mark does such a fantastic job at finding those players who are right for Ohio State because he truly does love what he’s doing.

        1. What was the real difference in play? Tressel won one National, Urban won one National. Tressel won like 7 B1G Titles. Urban won a few.

          Tress fielded the best single WR Corp ever at OSU (Holmes, Ginn, Gonzalez backed up by Robiskie Hartline). Meyer fielded very good WR corps.

          Defensively and special teams…well we know the answer there.

          So what was your pointvagain?

          1. Maybe his point is who is the better recruiter, there’s no question about that answer.
            Under the rules that Tressel played with, Urban had as many championships as Tressel, while coaching several less years.
            Your opinion of the best receiving group is just that, opinion.
            If you’re saying Tressel had the best defense and special teams that’s highly debatable and unlikely a winnable argument.

            1. Defense? Man please. Meyer fielded the worst defense in OSU history. As far as defensive players, Tress recruited just as many defensive standouts (Hawk, Carpenter, Heyward, Jenkins, Whitner, just to name a few – and yes I could keep goong).

              I like Clarrett, Pittman, Beanie, Hyde…I also love Zeke and Dobbins.

              Special teams? You can’t be serious.

              You’re caught in a narrative. But actual facts show similar to better results for Tress at OSU.

            2. And what I said about that WR corp is facts, not opinion. In 2005 OSU fielded three 1st Round WR (Holmes, Ginn, Gonzales) who were backed up by a 2nd round guy (Robiskie) and a 3rd round guy (Hartline). I love Meyers guys but he has never fielded a WR corp close to that at OSU. Facts.

        2. may it ever be so, James A Mills !

          Mark Pantoni: a ship of outstanding skills and motivation in a sea of hyperbole, favoritism, and money – amidst numerous rank ranker-wankers.

          ;-{)}

          Who can recognize such a person, absent certain means to “see”?

          Who can appreciate such a person, absent certain values and means to assess?

        3. ok Buckeye GOAT gurus & fans: “solid”, liquid… or gas? Not Johnson or our coaches & players – us. ;-{)}

          …what are Jaylen’s current stats;, who measured them when at what; from a reputable source? For shirley, #421 tells us… ‘so much, honest’. LOL

          For when we extol ‘the numbers we so know are essential and great… and list #421 in our top 10… and omit the rest… do we potentially ‘send a message’ by omission? LOL

          TIA

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