While his commitment had always appeared to be shaky ever since he first gave his pledge to the Buckeyes just over two months ago, many thought Ohio State at least stood a puncher's chance to stay in the mix for three-star safety Ben Edwards. But on Saturday afternoon, while on an unofficial visit to check out Auburn's spring game, the Florida defensive back pulled his OSU pledge and instead gave his verbal commitment to Gus Malzahn's bunch.
From his Twitter account, Edwards said "I have officially flipped from Ohio State to Auburn and im done!!". After initially committing to the Buckeyes back in February, Edwards told us at that time, "I'm not going to be visiting any other schools. I'm 100% a Buckeye and wouldn't have committed if I wasn't 100% on my decision."
Edwards, a 6'0 196-pounder, was a three-star in the 247Composite ranking, and mostly heralded for the big hits he put on opposing players. Many considered Edwards to be a late bloomer from a recruiting evaluation stand point, and expect him to finish a four-star before National Signing Day 2015. We spoke briefly to Edwards on the reasoning behind the switch, to which he told us, "The coaches, the atmosphere, the scheme; I mean everything."
While the flip can't be considered entirely a surprising development, that the Buckeyes weren't able to hold on to the promising young playmaker until the summer is certainly disappointing none the less. Best of luck to the young man in his football playing future endeavors.