First, Alabama gets into the College Football Playoff as the final team, earning the No. 4 seed.
Ohio State, on the other hand, was the first team out. The Buckeyes earned the CFP committee’s No. 5 ranking. No. 5 doesn’t cut it.
Now, on Wednesday night after the Crimson Tide edged out the Buckeyes for a playoff bid, coach Nick Saban has won another battle over Urban Meyer — at least for the time being.
Class of 2018 5-star DE Brenton Cox announced on Twitter that he was de-committing from the Buckeyes. This comes after his official visit to Alabama last weekend.
I Want to thank the whole OSU organization and fan base for welcoming me into the buckeye family , but i would like to decommit , Thanks for everything #1000
— 🎱 (@Brenton_cox) December 6, 2017
The loss of a 5-star commit obviously hurts the Buckeyes, there’s no question about that. The 6-foot-4 pass-rusher is ranked as the No. 22 overall player by 247Sports and is the No. 2-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country.
Cox is from Stockbridge, Ga. Georgia is one of many teams that have offered him a scholarship — including Alabama.
Ohio State is losing at least two defensive ends at the end of this season, as Jalyn Holmes and Tyquan Lewis are seniors. It is also anticipated that Sam Hubbard, a junior, may be heading to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Even with the loss of Cox’s verbal, at the moment, the Buckeyes still have the No. 1-ranked upcoming recruiting class.