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Ohio State gets their first 2022 commitment since July

The Buckeyes are back on the board as they head to Florida to pick up their 15th pledge.

Kenyatta Jackson
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

It’s been about three months since Head Coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes have had a win on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, that drought came to an end as Ohio State was on the receiving end of commitment No. 15 for their 2022 recruiting haul.

Jackson heading to Columbus

The Buckeyes finally were able to build some momentum for their 2022 recruiting class after a long drought when four-star edge Kenyatta Jackson of Chaminade-Madonna Prep (FL) announced his commitment to Ohio State. The addition of Jackson also gives the Buckeyes and defensive line coach Larry Johnson their very first pledge along the defensive front in the class.

Jackson, who is teammates with Ohio State four-star cornerback commit Ryan Turner, finds himself comfortably inside the Top 100 at 78th overall. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder is also slotted as the seventh highest graded edge defender and the 11th best player that the state of Florida has to offer in this year’s cycle.

The Hollywood native joining the Buckeyes now gives them fifteen prospects verbally pledged to the program and all are blue-chip prospects. Ohio State now finds themselves at the No, 5 spot in the class rankings and one spot below Penn State.

With Jackson now in the fold, the Buckeyes can now focus on a host of other defensive lineman that they are hoping to pair up with their latest commitment. Among the remaining targets for the Buckeyes on the defensive front include blue-chip prospects like Omari Abor, Caden Curry, Marvin Jones Jr., Hero Kanu, Chris McClellan, Christen Miller, Khurtiss Perry, Shemar Stewart, and Enai White.

OSU trending for Ohio OL

After formerly being a pledge to Iowa State, 2022 three-star offensive tackle Avery Henry of St. Clairsville (OH) could be trending towards staying home and suiting up for the Buckeyes at the next level.

On Tuesday, 247Sports Allen Trieu casted a crystal ball prediction in favor of Henry ultimately selecting the home team when all is said and done. The forecast comes just one day after the 6-foot-6, 305-pounder received an offer from Ryan Day and Ohio State.

Henry, who has already made a visit to Columbus this year, had offers from Akron, Eastern Michigan, Iowa State, Syracuse, and West Virginia prior to the Buckeyes jumping into the mix. 247Sports also lists Michigan as another program that is showing interest in Red Devils offensive lineman. While his rankings may not jump off of the table, Henry is one that the coaching staff seems to be confident in being able to develop at the next level.

Quick Hits

  • Seton Hall sent an offer to 2023 four-star center Xavier Booker of Cathedral (IN) on Tuesday. The No. 103 overall player in the class has already secured an opportunity from Head Coach Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes.