WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Even though he isn’t the most vocal recruit, let’s not forget that four-star cornerback Jyaire Brown was Ohio State’s first commitment in the 2022 class. At the time he was a Louisiana native and a prospect that LSU wanted but OSU defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs worked his magic to pull him out of the South.
Since then he has moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, and plays at Lakota West High School with fellow Buckeye commit Tegra Tshabola. And after some flirtation with colleges, he is locked into his commitment to Ohio State perhaps now more than ever seeing as he got to visit Columbus and meet Coombs for the first time last month. It was an experience that reaffirmed why he chose the Buckeyes.
“Everything man, players, coaches, surroundings, everything is why I picked them,” Brown told Buckeye Scoop. “It was good to talk to coach Coombs because I’ve talked to him on the phone a lot of times and me meeting him in person for the first time was a good first impression. Him and coach Day are gonna take care of me. I just got that feeling.”
Aside from meeting Coombs and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, and touring the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, Brown’s visit also gave him a chance to talk to the coaches about defensive back recruiting for the Buckeyes. And it was a conversation that helped him understand their plans, which were rather simple.
“Just basically they’re gonna take DBs,” he explained. “Whether it’s Ohio State or wherever you go, they’ll take DBs, but with us, we play five DBs on the field so we’ve got to compete at the end of the day. We know five will be on the field, so we’ve gotta compete.”
For a while, there were rumors that Brown might continue to look at other schools. As it turns out, doing that was due to him not understanding the Buckeyes’ plan. Now that he understands the plan, he knows he just needs to show up and compete in Columbus.
“I don’t really look at it anymore like I used to when I first committed,” he said. “I used to look at it a lot. Now I know my ability, I know my game, I respect my game, and I’ve just got to go up there and compete.”
At times during his flirtation with other schools, Buckeye fans might have lost some love for Brown, but he is all-in on being a Buckeye come December. He will enroll early at Ohio State and after seeing him plenty this offseason, it’s not crazy to think Brown could compete early in Columbus. Just see the Tweet below.