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. This week’s guest is Jordan Hancock, a top target for the Buckeyes in the Class of 2021 in the defensive backfield.
College football recruiting is a funny thing. Every so often, there will be a player who, for one reason or another, is dubbed a top prospect early in his high school career and rides that notoriety through the entire process. Others, like Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett cornerback Jordan Hancock shows up on the radar a little later.
Hancock, a 6-foot-0, 170-pound cornerback, wasn’t unknown when the Buckeyes offered him in October, but he was certainly not a national name. Since then though, the Georgia star has seen his recruiting profile skyrocket, picking up offers from Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and more powerhouse programs. Now with 44 offers to his name, Hancock is one of the country’s most sought-after prospects and has risen up the national rankings: he now sits as the country’s No. 6-ranked cornerback.
With attention comes confusion and there’s no doubt that Hancock is dealing with that now. He’s already begun setting up his official visits and the schools set to receive them are a who’s who of college football, and that obviously includes Ohio State.
Why does Hancock like the Buckeyes? How has the relationship with them changed since the hiring of Kerry Coombs and the departure of Jeff Hafley? What does he think about the idea of being a package deal with his high school teammate, fellow Ohio State target Barrett Carter?