Ohio State followed up its impressive win over Clemson in the Sugar Bowl with yet another victory over the Tigers, as the Buckeyes landed a commitment on Saturday afternoon from Jacksonville Robert E. Lee five-star cornerback Jaheim Singletary.
The 6-1, 170-pound Singletary is considered the fifth-best cornerback and No. 10 prospect overall in the class of 2022, as he recorded 18 tackles, six pass break ups, three interceptions and one blocked field goal to lead the Generals to an appearance in the state semifinals this fall. He choose Ohio State over finalists Clemson, Florida and Georgia.
Singletary only landed an offer from the Buckeyes in early November, whereas the Bulldogs (May 2019), Gators (June) and (July) have been in contact much longer. Nevertheless, head coach Ryan Day, defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and running backs coach/area recruiter Tony Alford made quite the impression in just a few short weeks, pushing Ohio State to the forefront of Singletary’s recruitment.
One thing helping the Buckeyes in their pursuit of Singletary was their success in Jacksonville in recent years, landing five-star cornerbacks Shaun Wade and Tyreke Johnson in 2017 and 2018, respectively, as well as four-star running back Marcus Crowley in 2019. Singletary is familiar with all three players.
Ohio State now holds a pair of commitments at cornerback for the class of 2022 in Singletary and West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West four-star Jyaire Brown. The Buckeyes hope to add at least one more player at the position, with Houston North Shore five-star Denver Harris; Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei five-star Domani Jackson; Grosse Pointe (Mich.) South five-star Will Johnson; and St. Louis Lutheran North four-star Toriano Pride among the staff’s top targets.
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