Four star safety prospect Jantzen Dunn committed to the Ohio State University yesterday to add to their already outstanding 2021 class. The prospect from South Warren KY high school made the announcement on Twitter. Current Michigan State wide receiver CJ Hayes came out of South Warren.
A number of schools were pursing Dunn including Oklahoma, Tennessee, USC, Louisville, Miami, Ohio State and Georgia Tech. Reports had Dunn going to Oklahoma a week ago and then a sudden flip to Ohio State. Coach Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma, made a post on Twitter over the weekend indicating that Dunn was a done deal going to the Sooners. But Ohio State got into action shortly there-after and told Dunn that he was a top priority and he changed his mind.
The Jantzen Dunn Recruitment
Dunn made two visits to Columbus prior to his commitment. He came and watched the Penn State game in November when he did not have an offer (Ohio State beat the Nittany Lions 28-17). He returned again at the beginning of March when he did get a scholarship offer from Ryan Day. He did not make any visits to Oklahoma.
Dunn was recruited by Matt Barnes, OSU assistant secondary coach, and Kerry Coombs.
What Ohio State Gets in Jantzen Dunn
At 6’2” and 190lbs. Dunn recorded a 4.54 40 yard dash along with a 4.15 shuttle. He is ranked the 15th best athlete in the country and the 3rd best recruit in Kentucky. Last season he had 1 interception and 37 tackles. He played both safety and wide receiver.
He could play safety or corner back at the next level. Ohio State likes his versatility along with his long wing-span and ability to flip his hips quickly. He has great speed across the field and on a straight line. Many compare Dunn to current OSU d-back Ryan Watts, who was also headed to Oklahoma at one point in his recruitment. Both Dunn and Watts trained in Dallas at the True Buzz Athletics.
The Ohio State 2021 Class Now
Ohio State now has 17 players in their 2021 class. It is considered the best class in the country at this time. There are 5 defensive backs in the class including Dunn, Jakailin Johnson from St Louis, Devonta Smith from Cincinnati, Andre Turrentine from Nashville, and Jaylen Johnson from La Salle Cincinnati. There could be one additional defensive back added before complete. The Buckeyes could be looking to add Kamar Wilcoxson, Denzel Burke, or Jaylin Davies.