Ohio State’s 2022 class continues to pick up big-time momentum. On Saturday afternoon the Buckeyes landed yet another out-of-state five-star prospect in Jacksonville (Fla.) Robert E. Lee cornerback Jaheim Singletary. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback is just what the doctor ordered for an Ohio State roster that needs to replenish its cornerback room.
What Ohio State is getting
Singletary is the prototype of what the modern day lockdown corner needs to be. He is over 6-feet tall, he is an explosive athlete in terms of his quickness, acceleration, and leaping ability, and he is physical in both coverage and run support.
What I think really separates Singletary from a lot of other cornerbacks and propels him into that five-star stratosphere are the ball skills. Singletary plays quite a bit of offense for his high school team and you can see that in his cornerback film. His highlight film shows several phenomenal catches that you rarely see defensive backs make. His ability to turn his elite cover skills from just forcing incompletions to changing possession for his team is uncanny.
Jalen Ramsey is perhaps the best I’ve ever seen at the position at the high school level and while I have made it a rule over the years to not put anyone on that tier, Singletary has some traits that are very similar. This is a Jeff Okudah type of get for the Buckeyes in my opinion. A player that has the physical tools to come in and play early at Ohio State before being a highly drafted NFL prospect.
What it means for recruiting
Even with the big haul in the 2021 class in the defensive secondary, Ohio State is going to need another big group in 2022. The room was short on numbers and depth this year and will still be losing many of its top contributors by the time the 2022 class arrives in Columbus, so another big class is right at the top of the priority list.
In Singletary and Jyaire Brown, the Buckeyes have two excellent cover guys to get things started, but you have to think there is room for at least one more high level corner in this class. Guys like Denver Harris, Will Johnson, and Domani Jackson remain priorities here, though it does feel like Johnson and Jackson will end up elsewhere even with such a long time to go in the cycle.
Harris remains a total wild card. A player who is very high on the Buckeyes, but has not yet had a chance to visit and is being courted by pretty much all of the nation’s top programs so we probably won’t have a true idea on where Ohio State stand with him until the spring at the earliest, but the Buckeyes are at least in the picture so far.
The other wild card here is that for most of the last year, Singletary was a Florida lean. The Gators, along with Clemson and Georgia, will not give up on recruiting him much like Ohio State never gave up on recruiting Jordan Hancock in the 2021 class. No need to sound alarm bells at this point with Singletary just committing to the Buckeyes, but it does need to be understood that an elite Florida prospect like this will still have plenty of schools trying to sway him all the way until he signs in December.
This is a huge pick up for Ohio State on so many fronts. It’s a major position of need, it’s a premium position in today’s game, Singletary is an elite talent and it keeps the Buckeyes at the forefront when it comes to that North Florida/Jacksonville area talent.