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Five-star cornerback includes Buckeyes in top group

Another blue-chip defensive prospect down south holds the Buckeyes in high regards

A.J. Harris
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

After receiving commitments from blue-chip prospects on both Sunday and Monday, the streak came to a conclusion on Tuesday. However, Ohio State was still able to secure some more significant news on the recruiting trail regarding an elite player in the defensive secondary.

Harris reveals top schools

The Buckeyes pursuit for five-star 2023 cornerback A.J. Harris of Glenwood School (AL) officially got underway back in March when the program dropped an offer to the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder. Now, the Scarlet and Gray have become a major player in his recruitment and have to like their current position with the No. 23 player overall in his class.

Harris, who is also the second-highest rated cornerback for 2023, revealed his top schools on Tuesday night and Ohio State was unsurprisingly included. The competition makes for a hard-fought battle going forward as head coach Ryan Day and the Buckeyes will have to propel themselves ahead of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and more to obtain his pledge.

White entering decision mode

Ohio State currently sits atop the 2022 recruiting rankings with a class that features five prospects inside the Top 50. Another name to watch closely going forward is four-star EDGE Enai White of Imhotep Institute (PA). The No. 39 ranked player overall is “nearing a decision,” according to Brian Dohn of 247Sports. He also took to Twitter on Tuesday morning that he will be narrowing things down and focusing on four schools “soon.”

White made stops at Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, and Texas A&M for visits in the month of June. While we will have to wait for the word from the Pennsylvania standout himself, the Buckeyes are a school that should feel optimistic about their chances of landing in the top group and will likely be in this one until the end.

Quick Hits

  • Five-star 2023 linebacker C.J. Hicks, an Ohio State commit since May of 2020, drew rave reviews from New England Patriots great Willie McGinest. The former two-time pro-bowler had the chance to coach up Hicks during his impressive weekend out in California at The Opening.
  • In a video interview with Chad Simmons of, three-star safety Jake Pope of Buford (GA) referenced the facilities and the coaches pursuit as reasons that Ohio State is a player in his recruitment. Pope included the Buckeyes in his top five last week and indicated that a silent commitment to his future program is imminent.