Ohio State’s recruiting class for the ages just picked up commit No. 19.
Four-star wide receiver Jaylen Harris has committed to the Buckeyes. Harris, out of Cleveland Heights, is the sixth ranked recruit in the state of Ohio. He’s also the 28th ranked wideout nationally, and the 178th ranked prospect nationally, per the 247Sports Composite.
Even with Harris’s commitment, Ohio State remains (barely) behind No. 1 Alabama in the 247Sports’ Composite team rankings, but still has a much higher average rating per player than the Crimson Tide.
Harris joins five-star Trevon Grimes and four-star Columbus-area athlete Brendon White as the wide receivers in the Buckeyes’ 2017 class. White was seemingly destined for the defensive side of the ball, but a recent tweet seems to indicate that White will play wide receiver for Ohio State. Harris’s commitment again gives the Buckeyes three wideouts in its current recruiting class after four-star wideout Tyjon Lindsey recently decommitted from Ohio State.
At 6-5, Harris gives Ohio State another tall, outside, potential deep threat option, something the team has struggled to find since Devin Smith left for the NFL. Amid a sea of speedy slot types, it pays to have a few more traditional options.
Earning a large amount offers during the recruiting process, Harris picked the Buckeyes over Penn State, Michigan State, and other high major programs. For a while, it appeared Ohio State might not have room for a third wideout, but the internal math must have finally evened out, and another talented Ohio high school player will remain in the Buckeye State.
The Buckeyes now have commitments from five of the top six players in the state of Ohio. That seems pretty good to us.