Just a week ago, Ohio State landed its third member of the 2018 recruiting class. Five-star safety Jaiden Woodbey (Upland, CA / St. John Bosco) committed to the Buckeyes shortly after visiting the University for its junior day event.
Woodbey, who fielded offers from 20 schools including USC, Washington, Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Florida State and many more, chose the Buckeyes with nearly a year left in his recruitment. Because of the large amount of time before National Signing Day, many believed his commitment might not be 100 percent.
While rumors began to arise that USC could flip the elite DB, Woodbey never publicly questioned his commitment to the Buckeyes. Yesterday, he put those rumors to rest himself when he put the following on Twitter.
I'm sticking to my word, I'm a Buckeye head to toe. And with all due respect I would like to shut down my recruitment— I AM JAIDEN WOODBEY™ (@JaidenWoodbey6) February 13, 2017
Not only did Woodbey solidify his commitment, he shut down his recruitment all together.
His message comes as a relief to Buckeye Nation, as the blue-chip prospect is a crucial member of the Buckeyes’ next recruiting class. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder is currently seen as the No. 26 overall prospect in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, and is the fourth best target from California, a state that produces some of the best talents year after year.
Woodbey joins five-star quarterback Emory Jones and four-star running back Brian Snead as the third member of Ohio State’s 2018 class. He will also join his high school teammate Wyatt Davis, an important member of this year’s class for Ohio State.
Ohio State offers elite Florida State DT commit
Urban Meyer has become notorious for flipping recruits and it seems he is looking to continue that trend into next year’s recruiting class.
Since verbally committing to Florida State in June 2016, four-star defensive tackle Robert Cooper (Snellville, GA / South Gwinnett) still has an active recruitment. While he has stated he is still committed to the Seminoles, he has still been fielding offers from top programs and visited Alabama in January for its junior day event. Yesterday, Ohio State joined in on the fun.
Grateful to receive an offer from The Ohio State University #GoBucks ♂️ ⚪️ @OhioStateFB pic.twitter.com/bxVITmzsJh— Big Coop + (@trenchmonster8) February 14, 2017
Ohio State has missed out on multiple blue-chip DTs in the last couple years. Most recently were five-star Marvin Wilson and four-star Jay Tufele, who committed to Florida State and USC, respectively, instead of the Buckeyes.
Because of this, the position will continue to be a need in next year’s class and the Buckeyes would love to add Cooper, who is the No. 83 overall prospect and the eighth best DT in the land.
While Florida State remains the favorite to land Cooper on National Signing Day 2018, Meyer and the Buckeyes cannot be counted out. Look for the program to try and get him on campus sometime in the next year.
- One of the country’s best wide receiver prospects in next year’s recruiting class released a highlight video of his visit to Ohio State for junior day. CJ Moore (Tulsa, OK / Union) is one of the top 100 recruits in 2018 and is the 15th best WR. While Oklahoma is seen as the current favorite, it looks like Moore certainly enjoyed his time on campus.