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Five-star corner Jaheim Singletary decommits from Ohio State

Apparently that smoke a couple of weeks ago turned out to actually be a fire.

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After committing to the Buckeyes 2022 class on the second day of January, five-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary seemed to be getting cold feet last month as he announced that he would be taking all of his visits, despite his pledge to Ohio State. Despite the Jacksonville native reportedly being thrilled with his official visit to Columbus, the speculation made a lot of Buckeye fans nervous, and — as we learned today — for good reason.

Over the weekend, Singletary cleaned out his Instagram feed and posted just the offers he received from Ohio State, Miami, (FL), Florida, and Georgia, promising that there would be an announcement coming soon. When that announcement came, it was that he would be decommiting from Ohio State and opening up his recruitment again. The speculation is that he is now a lean to commit to the Miami Hurricanes, but that was not indicated in his post.

Singletary 14th rated player in the country, according to 247Sports Composite Ratings. He is the fifth highest ranked corner in the 2022 cycle and third player from the Sunshine State. He had been the second highest rated player in Ryan Day’s 2022 class, behind only Quinn Ewers. However, with the nation’s top-rated quarterback reportedly considering reclassifying into the 2021 class, paired with Singletary’s change of heart, Captain Buckeye C.J. Hicks would become the top player for the Buckeyes in the 2022 cycle if that happens. And if it does, it would honestly be pretty fitting for the young man who has led the recruiting charge to be the top rated prospect in the class; Hicks is currently the No. 15 player nationally.

Despite that, losing Singletary is obviously a hit to the class, as the Buckeyes currently need an infusion of talent in the secondary. However, the remaining defensive backs in the class are cornerbacks Terrence Brooks (No. 47 nationally), Jyaire Brown (No. 123), and Ryan Turner (No. 358) as well as Kye Stokes (No. 397) who is currently considered an athlete, but will likely land as a DB in Columbus.

Ohio State is also currently in hot pursuit of safeties Zion Branch (who recently received a crystal ball to USC) and Xavier Nwankpa, and with Singletary no longer in the class, the Buckeyes could pursue Ephesians Prysock.

The Mission Hills, Cali. product is a four-star prospect and the No. 211 player in the country. He is the 25th rated corner in the country. He visited Columbus in June and OSU remains high on his list.

We wish Jaheim the best, and look forward to the Buckeyes hopefully beating him in a College Football Playoff game in the near future.