Days after top wide receiver recruit Tyjon Lindsey spurned them, the Ohio State Buckeyes landed a commitment from 4-star Ohio native Jaylen Harris.
Tyjon Lindsey’s decommitment earlier this week was a blow to Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class. However, it was softened a bit on Friday.
Four-star Wide receiver Jaylen Harris posted a video through Cleveland.com announcing his commitment to the Buckeyes just days after Lindsey decided to open up his recruitment. Lindsey is the No. 6 wide receiver in the 2017 class, while Harris is ranked No. 14 at the position, as well as the No. 1 wideout in the state of Ohio.
Harris said in the video that he had one dream school growing up and that he’s followed the football team his entire life. The video ended with Harris announcing he would attend Ohio State while putting on a Buckeyes hat.
Michigan State also was in the mix in the final days, but it appears Ohio State was the frontrunner all along to land Harris.
“I told coach (Urban) Meyer I was coming a couple days ago,” Harris told 247Sports. “He was definitely happy. Coach Meyer, coach (Tony) Alford, coach (Zach) Smith, the whole staff was happy.”
Meyer hiring former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson to run Ohio State’s offense also seemed to play a role in Harris’ decision. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound wideout also plays basketball at Cleveland Heights and is an outstanding athlete. Harris has great hands to go along with his speed, but he also possesses strength and doesn’t shy away from blocking when he needs to.
And although he had plenty of offers from major programs around the country, Harris always wanted to stay close to home.
“Growing up as a kid, Ohio State was my dream school,” Harris said. “I had to follow my heart. I had a good relationship with the coaches at all the schools. But I had to go where my heart is. Why not take advantage of the opportunity?”
Ohio State currently sits at No. 4 in the recruiting class rankings with 19 total commits.
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