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Jaylen Johnson: Ohio State 2021 offer in no hurry to make college choice

Jaylen Johnson is a talented athlete capable of playing linebacker or defensive back in college. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State Football Recruiting

Jaylen Johnson: Ohio State 2021 offer in no hurry to make college choice

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 2021 defensive back prospect Jaylen Johnson, a rising prospect at Cincinnati La Salle High School.

Usually, when Ohio State offers an in-state prospect a commitment to the Buckeyes is soon to follow.

So when Al Washington and Ohio State decided to offer Cincinnati La Salle 2021 athlete Jaylen Johnson in June, the expectation was that the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive back/linebacker would not take long to make a college choice.

But you know what they say happens when you assume.

Johnson, Ohio’s 11th-ranked junior, has prevented himself from giving in to the emotions of what it means to land a scholarship offer like Ohio State and has, instead, decided to slow himself down to explore every possible option that could open up for him.

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Jaylen Johnson visited Ohio State for the Buckeyes home game against Michigan State. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Right now that means Kentucky, Cincinnati and others are on equal footing with Ohio State as Johnson focuses on relationships with coaches rather than prestige and national rankings. Still, home is Ohio and he knows there’s something special happening in Columbus.

Why did Al Washington decide to offer him during a one-day camp in Columbus? How is his high school kicker impacting his recruitment? What is Jaylen Johnson really looking for in a college and when does he intend to announce his decision?

Find out those answers and more in this week’s edition 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.