Buckeyes land talented four-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr.

Ohio State’s defensive line room added another playmaker to the fold with the latest commitment from Kenyatta Jackson Jr.

The highly-touted defensive end from Chaminade Madonna High School in South Florida chose the Buckeyes over the Oklahoma Sooners, Alabama Crimson Tide, and a bevy of other programs.

One of the biggest reasons that Jackson chose the Buckeyes was the opportunity to be coached by arguably the best defensive line coach in college football.

“Just the relationships I’ve built with Ohio State and coach Larry Johnson,” Jackson told CBS Sports HQ. “My family loves him. I believe he’ll develop me as a great pass rusher and a great man.”

Jackson’s father, Kenyatta Sr., echoed those sentiments in a statement to

“Larry Johnson,” Jackson Sr. said. “His resume speaks for himself.”

His father also credited the genuine relationships that he and the family built with head coach Ryan Day as well as defensive line coach Larry Johnson as reasons that the Buckeyes were held in high esteem in his recruitment. 

Jackson Jr., who will not enroll early, brings length and athleticism to the defensive line room with his 6’6 frame. He has tallied 32 tackles and eight sacks so far this season.

Buckeye Scoop’s Mick Walker caught up with Kenyatta Jackson Jr. in January. The brotherhood that the Buckeyes have, plus coach Johnson’s prestige was something that caught his eye.

“It’s a brotherhood,” Jackson Jr. said. “It’s a brotherhood and Coach Johnson with that pipeline of defensive ends, Chase Young and the Bosa Brothers. He put them in the first round of the NFL draft and I could see myself in the first round of the NFL draft.”

With Jackson Jr.’s commitment to Ohio State, the Buckeyes now have two commits from Chaminade Madonna High School in South Florida. His teammate Ryan Turner committed to Ohio State last May.

Jackson Jr. is now the 15th member of the 2022 Ohio State recruiting class.