Ohio State Football: DB keeps pipeline flowing, pushes Buckeyes to No. 5


One of the top defensive backs in the country has decided to join this year’s Ohio State recruiting class. In doing so he keeps Urban’s pipeline flowing.

Urban Meyer landed another outstanding player for his 2019 Ohio State recruiting class today when Jordan Battle committed to play for the Buckeyes. The pipeline from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida keeps flowing to Columbus.

Coach Meyer has recruited gems from that terrific high school football program and it looks like Battle has the potential to be another. He is ranked as a 4 star prospect, the 12th best safety and the No. 171 player in this year’s recruiting class per the 247Sports Composite.

Joey Bosa had the most success of any Buckeye who played high school football for St. Thomas Aquinas. However, little brother Nick isn’t far behind and he has one year to make up ground before heading off to the NFL. Also, Damon Arnette has played well for the Buckeyes and will be a key player in the defensive backfield this season.

Take a look at Battle’s highlight’s and see if you think he has the potential to someday be added to the list of outstanding players from St. Thomas Aquinas.

The highlights obviously show how talented Battle is, but what jumps out at me is that he doesn’t shy away from contact, he seeks it out. That’s the mark of a real football player and those are the kinds of guys Urban Meyer loves.

I’m also impressed with the fact Battle chose to play for the Buckeyes after talking to Ryan Shazier, who also played his high school ball in Florida. Shazier laid it on the line as to what the recruit needs to do in order to succeed at Ohio State. 

Here is what Battle had to say about his conversation with the former Buckeye linebacker as reported by Bill Greene of 247Sports.

"“Ryan was great and I could tell that he is a very classy guy,” Battle admitted. “He told me it’s going to be very tough for me when I first get there, but once you commit fully to the program everything will go great for me.”“I really appreciated him talking to me, and he said if I do everything the coaches ask me to do, that there’s high chance I will make it to the NFL,” he explained. “Making it to the NFL is my ultimate goal, and Ohio State showed me what they’ve done lately with their defensive backs.”"

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You have to love the fact Battle committed with his eyes wide open, understanding nothing will be easy and he will have to earn playing time. Recruits who are aware of that when they commit to play for the Buckeyes usually become very good players.

Battle is the 2nd DB in the 2019 class joining safety Bryson Shaw. The total number of commits now stands at 13 and the Buckeyes have moved up to No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Here is a list of the players committed to this year’s class:

  • WR Garrett Wilson
  • OC Harry Miller
  • OT Doug Nester
  • ATH Ronnie Hickman
  • OLB Cade Stover
  • RB Sampson James
  • S Jordan Battle
  • PRO QB Dwan Mathis
  • OT Ryan Jacoby
  • SDE Noah Potter
  • ATH Steele Chambers
  • ATH Craig Young
  • S Bryson Shaw

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It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Urban Meyer is loading up his 2019 Ohio State recruiting class with outstanding talent. That has been the norm with every class he has had since taking over the helm as the Buckeye head coach.