Most of Ohio State’s prospects signed without an issue on Wednesday, but the Buckeyes did take a hit when Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove four-star cornerback Kayin Lee (5-11, 185) announced he was flipping his commitment from Ohio State to Auburn.
Lee is the No. 209 overall prospect and No. 25 cornerback in the class, and he had been committed to Ohio State since June. In the months since his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes, Lee remained publicly committed to Ohio State but continued to accept overtures from the Tigers.
New Auburn head coach Hugh Freeze made Lee a priority, hosting the four-star prospect on an official visit the weekend of Dec. 2 despite not having a full staff in place, and Lee was complimentary of what Freeze was putting together at Auburn.
Lee had previously committed to Ohio State shortly following an official visit over the summer, though he had long been viewed as a lean for the Buckeyes after visiting in the spring.
Without Lee in the class and the decommitment of Tampa (Fla.) Wharton four-star cornerback Dijon Johnson (6-1, 190) back in July, this leaves Ohio State with only a pair of cornerbacks signed with Cincinnati Winton Woods four-star Jermaine Mathews (6-0, 175) and Waxahachie, Texas, four-star Calvin Simpson-Hunt (6-0, 175).