After a long and occasionally tedious recruiting process, Cleveland Heights (Ohio) 4-star WR Jaylen Harris announced Friday he is committing to Ohio State.
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The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Harris chose the Buckeyes out of a final group of schools that included Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee and Alabama. In recent weeks he also discussed a potential trip to Florida, but it does not appear that will materialize.
What has materialized is Harris, after nearly 18 months, is finally a member of the Buckeyes. The country’s 28th-ranked wide receiver according to 247Sports, Harris was offered by Ohio State in June 2015 but never felt the need to hurry a decision. Since then, he’s taken his time to make sure that he wasn’t just choosing Ohio State because it is what was expected, but rather because it was where he wanted to be.
Ohio State received two wide receiver commitments in August, and with those verbals, a lot of speculation began to swirl that Harris would not end up in Columbus. He told Land of 10 writer Luke Srodulski that was never the case, and in fact, the Buckeyes increased their contact with him from that moment on.
“Ohio State picked it up harder when (fellow receivers) Tyjon (Lindsey) and Trevon (Grimes) committed,” Harris told Land of 10. “After they committed, they got on me harder than ever. They’ve been recruiting me hard for a while.”
With an official visit scheduled at Ohio State for Jan. 20, Harris’ recruitment has come to an end, a few weeks sooner than expected.
Harris — because of the de-commitment from Tyjon Lindsey on Wednesday — is now the second wide receiver in the Buckeyes 2017 recruiting class, joining 5-star prospect Grimes. His addition moves the Buckeyes to within one point of Alabama in the 247Sports.com 2017 team recruiting rankings and solidifies Ohio State’s No. 2 ranking. He’s the 19th verbal commitment for Ohio State in this cycle.