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Ohio State has built a dominating lead in 2021 recruiting cycle

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The Buckeyes also offered one of the top running backs in the country on Wednesday.

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The last two days have been exceptionally positive for the Ohio State Buckeyes as they’ve picked up a pair of commitments to their 2021 recruiting class as three-star safety Jaylen Johnson and four-star offensive lineman Donovan Jackson announced their intentions to continue their playing and academic careers in Columbus.

With those pledges, the Buckeyes increased their advantage over the field as the No. 1 recruiting class in next year’s cycle. Thus far they have nine members in their 2021 class, one five-star player (Pickerington North’s Jack Sawyer), six four-star players, and a pair of three-star players. That haul puts them at a 203.40-point composite rating from 247Sports with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in second with 168.82 points. Texas, Florida, and Wisconsin round out the top-five.

Now certainly the recruiting rankings will change dramatically over the next 13 months as we wind our way towards National Signing Day 2021, but the Buckeyes have built an incredibly impressive base for their class.

As’s Doug Lesmerises noted, at this point, 23 of the top 75 players in the country have announced official commitments, and six of those 23 have pledged to play in Columbus. No other school has more than three of those players in their class.

Ohio State is also believed to be in the mix for No. 31 defensive tackle Damon Payne, No. 34 wide receiver Beaux Collins, and No. 51 cornerback Jakailin Johnson as well. So, they could eventually end up with nine of the top-75 (12%) at some point in the next year.

On Wednesday, the 81st-ranked player in the 2021 class, LJ Johnson Jr., confirmed on Twitter that he had received an offer from Ohio State. The running back from Cypress, Tex. is a four-star recruit and the fourth-rated player at his position in the country.

He also holds offers from nearly two dozen other schools, including Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, and Georgia. The Buckeyes do not yet have a running back in their ‘21 class, and based on their success with Texas-native J.K. Dobbins, Johnson certainly could do worse than following in his footsteps.

Also on Wednesday, four-star wide receiver Kaden Prather announced his top-11 schools via social media, including Ohio State in the mix. While cutting down a list of options to nearly a dozen isn’t exactly monumental news, the Germantown, Mary. native is the No. 301 ranked player in the country and 49th WR.

He currently has three crystal balls for Penn State, but time will tell what happens as he whittles his choices down to maybe a more manageable eight or nine when he releases his next graphic.