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Jantzen Dunn goes from six to seven schools, Ohio State included
Earlier this week, Ohio State target Jantzen Dunn, a 4-star defensive back from South Warren (Bowling Green, Ky.) High School announced on Twitter that he was soon releasing a top schools list, with seven schools on the list.
— Jantzen Dunn (@JantzenDunn) March 28, 2020
Alabama offered Dunn shortly before that graphic made its way to the internet and while it’s unclear if the Crimson Tide scholarship changes things — or how much — what was expected was the inclusion of Ohio State on the list for the 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete. The Buckeyes are the choice for each of Dunn’s crystal ball predictions and have been the favorite since offering him a month ago.
A lot has changed in the last month for the Buckeyes, especially when it comes to defensive back recruiting. Dunn is one of a handful of remaining targets vying for the final spot — or two — in Kerry Coombs defensive backfield following the recent additions of Jakailin Johnson, Devonta Smith and Andre Turrentine.
Top Ohio State tight end target Hudson Wolfe narrows his list, too
Lettermen Row wrote about Hardin County (Savannah, Tenn.) 4-star tight end Hudson Wolfe a few days ago and touched on his continued interest in and recruitment by Ohio State. In that article, Wolfe mentioned that he and his family were in the process of trying to narrow down his options in an effort to make things a bit more manageable among the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on in-person recruiting that have resulted from it.
That shortened list is now public.
— Hudson Wolfe (@HudsonWolfe80) March 28, 2020
Ohio State has, in the last few weeks, picked up steam in the recruitment of the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Wolfe and has emerged as a leader in his recruitment, though it remains to be seen if that will matter much right now. Early on the process, the country’s No. 9-ranked tight end told Lettermen Row that the Buckeyes have always been near the top of his list.
“Ohio State has been great from the start,” Wolfe said. “I’ve only been up there once to a game day, but the relationships started then and the relationships I’m building with their entire staff and other commits is incredible.”
Wolfe will hope to get back to his final five schools in the near future but says that he’s uncertain about how many official visits he’ll end up taking.
“Because of the whole virus situation,” Wolfe added. “I’m not sure I will be able to take all of the officials but I will be taking them all of them if I can.”
Buckeyes lose out on Demeioun Robinson to home-state Maryland
One of Ohio State’s top 2021 targets has committed elsewhere.
Demeioun Robinson, the country’s No. 2-ranked weakside defensive end, has committed to Maryland and apparently intends to stay home and play for the Terrapins.
Robinson had been at the top of the list for the Buckeyes on the defensive line and with him off the board, Larry Johnson and Ohio State will be forced to regroup and reassess the rush end options around the country.
Mayland now has the country’s No. 9-ranked 2021 recruiting class and the No. 3 class in the Big Ten.
Michigan lineman Caleb Tiernan commits to Northwestern
Another player we touched on this week at Lettermen Row, Michigan lineman Caleb Tiernan, has decided to end his recruitment as well. A week ago he said his final decision could come down to his official visits but as its turned out, he didn’t need to take them.
He committed to Northwestern over Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State, giving a big win to Pat Fitzgerald’s program. Tiernan visited Ohio State last season and said he had remained close to Greg Studrawa and the Buckeyes.
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