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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State heating up on recruiting trail for 2021 class

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Ohio State landed a commitment from Donovan Jackson on Wednesday. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State heating up on recruiting trail for 2021 class

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Ohio State picks up another big commitment

For the second straight day, the Buckeyes picked up a key piece in the 2021 recruiting class.

Following Tuesday’s commitment from defensive back Jaylen Johnson, Ohio State landed its ninth commitment in the class of 2021 when 4-star offensive tackle Donovan Jackson pledged to the Buckeyes over nearly every big program in the country.

Birm has the breakdown of what Jackson’s pledge means for the Buckeyes as they widened the gap as the country’s top recruiting class for next season:

Jackson is the prototypical guard prospect. He plays with a nasty streak and is athletic enough to be a key factor whether the offensive line is blocking downhill, pulling their interior lineman or pass protecting.

A complete player who can play at tackle if needed, Jackson has long arms and quick feet, though he can occasionally be a little heavy-footed. He has an above-average combination of talents for his age, and that usually leads to great success at the next level — even though his current offense requires much more run blocking than pass-pro.

Coaches all around the country are seeking offensive linemen who will finish a play and go whistle-to-whistle. That’s Jackson in a nutshell. He’s an excellent player right now and has an All-American type of upside by the time his college career is finished.

Is Donovan Jackson beginning of huge OL recruiting haul?

Even with Jackson’s commitment, Ohio State has a huge need for offensive linemen in the upcoming class, and the potential for the Buckeyes is booming.

Numerous four-star prospects all have the Buckeyes in their list of schools they like, and Ohio State will likely receive official visits from many of them. J.C. Latham, the No. 80-ranked prospect in the country and four-star Virginia lineman Tristan Leigh are both taking a serious look at the Buckeyes. Leigh has been dominant in the early part of the offseason circuit.

Other targets for the Buckeyes include Kentucky 4-star guard Jager Burton, ranked No. 5 nationally among all guards, and plenty of others.

For the full list, check here.

Latest BuckIQ breaks down Shaun Wade

Shaun Wade can be a top cornerback for the Buckeyes.

He just hasn’t had a chance to prove it yet. But now that Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette are off to the NFL, Wade’s opportunity is coming next season, when he’ll have his own chance to wow scouts and try winning a national title for Ohio State.

It wouldn’t have been questioned if Wade bolted for the NFL; he would have been drafted. But the fact that he is returning to Ohio State seems like the first win of the new year for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes.

Is Shaun Wade ready to be the top cornerback for the Buckeyes? How will his role change for Ohio State in the secondary? What skills will make his transition smooth heading into spring camp? Austin Ward sat down with former Buckeye Damon Arnette, another cornerback who stuck around for an extra year of development, popped into the Lettermen Row film lab for the first time since his Ohio State career ended to break down Wade and talk about the impact he projects for the B.I.A. unit next season on the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.