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Lathan Ransom builds bond with Ohio State, makes recruiting plans

Lathan Ransom is a player Ohio State sees as a difference maker in its revamped defense. (Lathan Ransom/Courtesy)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Lathan Ransom builds bond with Ohio State, makes recruiting plans

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 you 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: Top defensive back target in the Class of 2020, Arizona’s Lathan Ransom.

At 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds, Salpointe Catholic (Tucson, Ariz.) safety Lathan Ransom looks like he was created in a football player laboratory.

As the country’s fourth-ranked safety prospect in the Class of 2020, Ransom doesn’t just look like a football player though: He’s a pretty darn good one.

That is why Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas and almost 25 other college programs have not only offered Ransom, but also made him a top priority in the recruiting plans for 2020. Ransom took a late February visit to Ohio State and left that trip incredibly impressed by what the Buckeyes had to offer — especially new defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley and coach Ryan Day.

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Jeff Hafley has been integral in the Buckeyes pursuit of Arizona safety Lathan Ransom. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

“I got great vibes,” Ransom said. “Everything stood out. From the culture that [coach Ryan] Day is creating and what [defensive coordinator Jeff] Hafley is bringing from the NFL to their interest in me and how they not only take football seriously but also academics.

“The campus was beautiful. I loved how close it was to the city and how it surrounded the stadium. It’s not too big at all.”

The Buckeyes are hoping those good vibes turn into a real connection in Columbus. Lathan Ransom will return to Ohio State on June 14 for an official visit and appears to be narrowing down his recruitment. Has he felt any pressure to stay closer to home? What makes his relationship with the Buckeyes unique compared to other schools? Find out those answers and more on this week’s episode of Birminology on Lettermen Row.

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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.

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