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Jacksonville safety Tyreke Johnson commits to Ohio State

Ohio State’s commitment drought ends with a bang

It had been a quiet couple of months for Ohio State on the recruiting trail. With 18 commitments, Urban Meyer and his staff have been working on putting the final touches on an excellent 2018 class, and with the brand new early signing day approaching quickly, it’s about time for the final class to begin taking shape.

Just minutes ago, a huge domino fell, as Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.) safety Tyreke Johnson committed to Ohio State, the first recruit to join the class since Antwuan Jackson committed back in September.

247 Sports has Johnson ranked as the nation’s 38th best prospect, the seventh from the sunshine state, and the fifth best safety in the 2018 class.

Johnson had been talked about as a possibility for the Buckeyes for a number of weeks, though the rumors really started to pick up in the last couple weeks, as Johnson visited Columbus on October 28th, and has been in consistent contact with Greg Schiano and Kerry Coombs for more than a month.

Johnson was one of the biggest targets left for Ohio State in this class, and may very well be the final defensive back, as cornerbacks Anthony Cook, Patrick Surtain Jr, and Tyson Campbell all trend elsewhere. He joins fellow safeties Joshua Proctor and Jaiden Woodbey, as well as cornerbacks Marcus Hooker and Sevyn Banks. He’s the 19th member of the class, and increases Ohio State’s team rankings’ lead over Oklahoma and Miami.

Johnson committed to Ohio State via a nifty video, over his other finalists, Georgia, Clemson, Florida State and Clemson.

This commitment may be the first of the month for Ohio State, but it could be a very busy December, as the coaching staff has plenty of time to recruit between now and Ohio State’s Cotton Bowl match-up with USC.