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Ohio State coaches, commits excited over new pledge

The Buckeyes are pretty amped-up over their newest verbal commitment.

Ohio State CB commit Jordan Hancock
via @jordanhancock_7 on Twitter

Coming into the weekend Ohio State’s 2021 recruiting class was sitting at 18 talented pledges. Fast forward a few days, and the Buckeyes star-studded class is now at 19 thanks to the verbal commitment of four-star senior cornerback Jordan Hancock.

Committing to OSU on Sunday afternoon, Hancock, a former Clemson verbal, made his announcement via his Twitter page. Considered the No. 6 cornerback, and No. 77 overall prospect in the class of 2021, per the 247Sports Composite, the Suwanee, Georgia native is already helping to keep the Buckeyes on top of the recruiting rankings. While programs such as North Carolina, Tennessee, LSU, and Oregon have been trying to play catch up, adding a playmaker such as Hancock has Ryan Day’s crew sitting comfortably on top.

Looked as one of the standout defensive backs in the country, recruiting analyst Charles Power had the following on what kind of skill set the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hancock should bring to the college level:

“Thin build and should add some size once he gets to college. Turned in a stellar junior season against some of the nation’s toughest competition in Georgia’s highest classification. Has a pure cover corner skill set with the ability to flip his hip and change direction quickly. Shows high-level ball skills as he locates and tracks the ball downfield. Closes quickly in defending the quick game. Instinctive and versatile with the ability to play multiple spots within the secondary. Doesn’t shy away from contact and looks to b a willing tackler. Projects as a multi-year starter in the secondary at the Power Five level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft pick.”

Suiting up for one of the big powerhouses on the Georgia prep scene, North Gwinnett, he isn’t the first Buckeye the Suwanee area has produced throughout the years. Coming from the same stomping grounds as Cam Heyward and Bradley Roby, Hancock hopes his time in Columbus helps him follow in their footsteps to the NFL.

The talented DB spoke a little bit on why he ultimately decided to come to Ohio State in an interview with Rivals that he posted to his Twitter page on Sunday afternoon.

Buckeye fans weren’t the only ones excited to add Hancock’s commitment. So were a bunch of his soon-to-be coaches and teammates. Want to see what some of them had to say about him adding him to the fold? Land-Grant Holy Land has your back:

Quick Hits

  • Ohio State 2022 target Dasan McCullough announced on Sunday that he will be playing in the Under Armour All-American Game. The Kansas native is the No. 7 athlete in the country, the No. 1 player in his home state, and the No. 70 player overall in the class, according to the 247Sports Composite. The Buckeyes are seemingly one of the early leaders to land McCullough, who profiles as a linebacker at the next level, as he has struck up a pretty good relationship with current OSU commit C.J. Hicks.

McCullough even gave a little tease last night in an exchange with Hicks on Twitter:

  • With no high school football in Virginia this year thanks to COVID-19, Ohio State RB commit TreVeyon Henderson has been left without a senior season. While some had speculated that the five-star back could transfer to an out-of-state private institution for his last year before joining the Buckeyes, Henderson put those rumors to bed on Sunday night, announcing he would instead just be training and focusing on preparing for his collegiate career. The next time the nation’s No. 1 RB suits up, it will be in Scarlet and Gray.