The Ohio State Buckeyes are anticipating a big summer, as they have tons of high profile visits planned in both June and July, and it looks like the fireworks have started a little earlier than expected on Sunday night. Longtime Penn State tackle commit Grant Toutant shocked the recruiting world, announcing that he was decommitting from the Nittany Lions, and flipping to Ohio State.
Please respect my decision, no interviews pic.twitter.com/01UKIEyrQU— Grant Toutant (@toutant_grant) June 10, 2019
Toutant, currently ranked as the 324th best player in the country (27th OT) by 247Sports, was considered by many to be as solid a commit as they come, visiting Penn State several times over the past few months after his commitment in November. It seems, however, that Ohio State’s new high powered offense was enough to convince the Warren, Mich., prospect to reconsider.
Toutant is the fifth offensive lineman to join Ohio State’s 2020 class already, along with Paris Johnson Jr, Jakob James, Tre Leroux and Luke Wypler. With those five in, Ohio State may actually be done recruiting the offensive line for the 2020 class, which gives Ryan Day and Greg Studrawa a big head start on the big boys in 2021.
While Studrawa is Toutant’s position coach, Greg Mattison is actually the coach credited for this commitment on 247Sports, which means that those new Michigan ties are already starting to pay off for the Buckeyes.
Toutant’s commitment give Ohio State 11 overall, and moves the Buckeyes up to eighth in the national class rankings, right behind Notre Dame.
LGHL will have more on Toutant’s commitment soon.