Even with no on-campus or face-to-face visits permitted, Ohio State has been cleaning up on the recruiting trail. The Buckeyes have the top-ranked class for 2021, per 247Sports, and just continue to add to its impressive group. The latest addition is four-star athlete Jantzen Dunn from South Warren High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Dunn made an announcement of his verbal, non-binding commitment to Ohio State on his Twitter account Monday. One of the top 250 players for next year's class, Dunn is the third-ranked player in Kentucky and the 15th-rated athlete in the country.
In all, Dunn marks the seventh player to commit to Ohio State since mid-March, about the time the nation pivoted to social distancing -- and later, sheltering in place -- in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six of those pledges have come from blue-chip prospects of either four or five-star caliber. The highest rated of those recruits is.
Since we're still a good eight months away from the early signing period, quality matters more than quantity at this stage in the process. However, Ohio State has both. Of the 17 players currently committed to Ohio State, 15 are of the blue-chip variety. The only exceptions are tight end Sam Hart and cornerback Devonta Smith; even still, they are rated as some of the best athletes in their respective states of Colorado and Ohio.
The Buckeyes have always recruited well enough to win championships, but this would mark a significant win if they're able to hold on to this top-rated class. The last time 247Sports crowned a team outside the SEC with the top class was 2008 (Miami).