On Friday afternoon, during an appearance on CBSSportsHQ, four-star 2020 cornerback Clark Phillips III announced that he would be committing to play his college football for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He then confirmed his commitment via tweet.
Phillips comes to Columbus as the 46th ranked player in this year’s recruiting cycle, and the fourth-best CB in the country. From La Habra, Calif., he is the ninth rated player from the large, football-rich state.
His commitment moves the Buckeyes to number five in the 247 National Rankings, and gives them an even more impressive stranglehold on the Big Ten’s top spot. In addition to OSU, Phillips held offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Alabama, Clemson, USC, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and more than two dozen other major programs. New co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach Jeff Hafley and head coach Ryan Day led the recruiting on Phillips.
At five-foot-10 and a half inches tall and weighing 178 pounds, Phillips was clocked at 4.54 seconds in the 40-yard dash at The Opening this past February, and is noted for having impressive natural skill and instincts as well as very strong technique in terms of playing the ball and tackling.
Patrick Mayhorn will have more about how Phillips’ commitment impacts the Buckeyes on Land-Grant Holy Land shortly.
Check out Phillips’ junior year highlights here: