Get to know Waxahachie, Texas, four-star cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt, who signed his national letter of intent with Ohio State on Wednesday.
Height, Weight: 6-0, 175.
247 Composite Rankings: He’s rated as the 79th overall prospect, eighth-best cornerback and the No. 15 prospect out of Texas.
Commitment Date: Simpson-Hunt committed to Ohio State on June 30, flipping from Texas Tech.
Other Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Florida, Houston, Louisville, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Tulsa, USC, Utah, Utah State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt.
How he did in high school: Simpson-Hunt played in 10 games this past season for Waxahachie, racking up 25 tackles – two for loss – and three pass breakups. The previous season, he also played in 10 games, finishing with 29 tackles – five for loss – with a sack and interception to go along with two pass breakups as he was named to the Texas District 11-6A first team.
Why he committed to Ohio State: Simpson-Hunt was one of the best kept secrets in college football during the early stages of this recruiting cycle, committed to Texas Tech since Nov. 1, 2021, and didn’t start receiving serious interest from other Power Five schools until this past spring.
Ohio State eventually offered on May 4 – the same day as Texas and just days after Notre Dame and Oklahoma – and Simpson-Hunt made his official visit the following month before eventually committing to the Buckeyes, comfortable with the relationship he had formed with cornerbacks coach Tim Walton.
Where he fits in for 2023: Simpson-Hunt adds some additional depth at cornerback for Ohio State. While it isn’t expected that he’ll see the field all that often, it also wasn’t thought that freshman Jyaire Brown would end up starting a game for the Buckeyes this season, so all it takes is one play for Simpson-Hunt to suddenly find himself in the two-deep or forced into action for Ohio State.
If one of Ohio State’s cornerbacks prospects does wind up in emergency action, it’s likely Simpson-Hunt who would receive the call, the only one of Ohio State’s three cornerback commitments that is ranked among the top 100 prospects in the class.