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Andre Turrentine: Four-star defensive back commits to Ohio State

Andre Turrentine needed only one Ohio State visit to know it was the place for him. (Andre Turrentine/Courtesy)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Andre Turrentine: Four-star defensive back commits to Ohio State

Ohio State football recruiting can be a wild ride full of twists and turns as recruits from all over the country maneuver their way to signing day. Lettermen Row is here to help navigate the tumultuous roads by getting to the heart of the matter with the young football players themselves. Birminology shows who the young men being recruited by Ohio State truly are — by talking to them. Today’s guest is 4-star defensive back Andre Turrentine, who has just announced his commitment to the Buckeyes.

For the fourth time in the last three days, Ohio State is celebrating a 2021 commitment. This time it’s Nashville’s Andre Turrentine, a 4-star defensive back prospect from Ensworth High School.

Though he’s been relatively under the radar on the Buckeyes recruiting scene, Turrentine has been a regular target for Ohio State coaching staff in the last handful of months, dating back to Tony Alford extending him a scholarship offer prior to the start of last season. Since then, Alford, along with assistant coach Matt Barnes, led the charge in his recruitment, remaining as constant voices in the ear of Turrentine as the Buckeyes navigated the transition from Jeff Hafley to Kerry Coombs.

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Andre Turrentine is a player the Buckeyes see as a safety in their defense. (Andre Turrentine/Courtesy)

But no matter who was recruiting him for Ohio State, it was clear to the 6-foot, 185-pound Turrentine that he knew what school he wanted to call home, even though he’d made just one visit to Columbus.

What was it about Ohio State that made Andre Turrentine fall in love with the Buckeyes? Where does the country’s No. 6-ranked safety see himself fitting in the Ohio State defense? What did a Tennessee prospect who didn’t pick the Buckeyes have to say to him about Ohio State?

Find out those answers and more in this special commitment edition of Birminology on Lettermen Row.


Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for and and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.