The Ohio State football program was looking to close out the 2023 recruiting class strong during the early signing period. They were able to grab four-star defensive end Joshua Mickens, which was good. Unfortunately, they missed out on another big-time defensive end as well.
That isn’t the only thing that has gone wrong today. The Buckeyes just lost a recruit who had committed to them earlier this year, only to see him sign somewhere else. Cornerback Kayin Lee has officially flipped and signed with Auburn.
Lee had committed to the Ohio State football program back in June after visiting that weekend. It seemed like he was locked in at the time. Lee is a four-star prospect out of the state of Georgia and is rated as the 25-best cornerback in the country right now.
Losing Lee gives the Buckeyes just two corners in this class. It’s also a frightening trend what’s happening with the program right now. The Buckeyes are getting hit with de-commitments left and right. Something is clearly wrong within the program for this to keep happening.
Ohio State still has some time to make things right. We’ll see what the class looks like at the end of the day, but it doesn’t look promising. As of the moment this article is published, the Buckeyes’ class sits at sixth, which is one spot up from where they started the day.
Ryan Day did mention today during his press conference that they could still get some guys before the February Signing Day. That’s still not something you want to hear after a commitment flips to an SEC school. Ohio State is clearly having some problems on the NIL front that need to be addressed.
We’ll continue to update you on the recruiting trail as the day progresses.