Ohio State Football: Buckeyes add two cornerbacks for 2021

One area of need on the Ohio State football team was adding depth to the secondary room and the Buckeyes just landed two talented cornerbacks.

Ohio State football coach Ryan Day received some great news the last two days securing commitments from two talented cornerback recruits.

On Sunday, the Buckeyes locked up four-star and top 60 national recruit Jakailin Johnson from St. Louis, Missouri. Johnson has been a key target for Ohio State as the momentum swung in the Buckeyes favor during Jeff Hafley’s tenure as defensive coordinator.

New DC Kerry Coombs kept at Johnson upon his arrival and that was enough for the CB to commit. Johnson choose the Buckeyes over offers from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and Clemson among many others.

The 6-0, 168 pound Johnson will need to bulk up between now and his arrival in Columbus but he has almost a full calendar year to do just that. With great athleticism and speed, Johnson could be in line to see playing time right away with depth concerns at corner for next season.

This afternoon, three-star corner prospect Devonta Smith from Lassalle High School, just outside of Cincinnati, gave his verbal commitment to play for the Buckeyes. He chose Ohio State over Oregon, Alabama and Oklahoma. Here is what he said, via Bucknuts:

“I committed to Ohio State because it’s closer to home than most of the other schools and I have a great relationship with Coach (Kerry) Coombs,” Smith told 247Sports. “He is from the side of Cincinnati that I live in and the family vibes I got from him and the rest of the Ohio State coaches means a lot to me.”

So Kerry Coombs is delivering in a big way so far for Ohio State. Locking up talent at cornerback has been a high priority for this 2021 recruiting class. These two will surely help in that area as the Buckeyes also look to gain the commitment of a big catch in five-star prospect Tony Grimes from Virginia Beach.

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Time will tell on the recruitment of Grimes. But for now, the Buckeyes have secured two top cornerbacks and that has to leave coach Day and coach Coombs feeling good.

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