The Hurry-Up: Defensive Tackle Jayden Jackson Was Thrilled to Receive an Offer from Ohio State, Justin Scott Will Commit Jan. 31, Adrian Posse Decommits from Auburn
Jayden Jackson remembers all too well watching the state of Ohio grow up.
When OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson offered him Wednesday, the prospect of defensive tackles couldn’t contain his excitement.
“I’ve been there several times, hoping that this would be a school that I would eventually get an offer for,” Jackson said Eleven warriors. “I’ve liked her since I was a child. They have always been a college that shines and winning the championship (2014) when I was a kid definitely piqued my interest.”
After a great conversation with the dline coach @R2X_Rushmen1 I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to play at my dream school @OhioStateFB. I want to thank the coaches who gave me this opportunity. I also want to thank God and my mother for everything. #OH pic.twitter.com/o8L3AYFlbJ
— Jayden Jackson (@JaydenJackson65) January 11, 2023
While Jackson currently resides in Florida and plays for the acclaimed IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida), he grew up in the Midwest and much of his family still resides in Brownsburg, Indiana.
“I just play near my family and in a place that I’ve always wanted to go to since I was a kid,” Jackson said of the most appealing thing about potentially playing for Ohio State.
Jackson wasn’t the only IMG Academy prospect Johnson offered Wednesday. The Buckeyes also made an offer to Top 10 prospect David Stone Jr., and the two discuss working together in college.
“David Stone is my boy,” Jackson said. “I would definitely want to work with him at the next level, whether it’s at Ohio State or elsewhere.”
Jackson does not have a composite ranking from 247Sports at this time, but he has received nine Division I offers in total, including OSU, Tennessee and Penn State. Jackson attended an OSU recruit camp and also as a freshman, so Johnson is familiar with the skills of the 6-foot-2, 290-pound prospect.
“I would probably say my physicality straight up,” Jackson said of his best attribute on the field. “Many guards and centers do not normally expect that. That allows me to throw and make the tackle.”
Though no date is set in stone, Jackson says he plans to visit the state of Ohio in the near future.
“I spoke to my mom, I don’t know when, but we’ll definitely be out there soon,” Jackson said.
Jackson has no timeline of commitment to make a decision, but he does have factors in his recruitment that are important to him.
“I would definitely say a strong relationship with the coaches and overall good program for defenders,” Jackson said.
Justin Scott commits on January 31st
One of Ohio State’s top defensive tackle priorities for the 2024 class is ready to make a decision. Five-star Chicago prospect Justin Scott announced he would make a decision on Jan. 31, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect’s birthday.
On my birthday (January 31st) I will announce my acceptance!
– Justin Scott (@juustinscott) January 14, 2023
Earlier this month, Scott released a top eight consisting of Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Colorado, Oregon, Miami, Alabama and Michigan. Scott received an offer from Ohio State earlier that fall and visited Columbus on October 1 game day for the Rutgers game. According to 247Sports composite rankings, Scott is considered the 18th best prospect and fourth place defender in the 2024 class.
OSU will find out in about two weeks if they’ve done enough to land one of their most coveted targets on the defensive line.
Adrian Posse leaves Auburn
Since five-star quarterback Dylan Raiola was released from Ohio State in December, the Buckeyes have had to return to the drawing board to find a backup signal caller in their 2024 class.
Of the other three quarterbacks they’ve offered this cycle, only one — Jadyn Davis — is currently unsigned. Well, that was until four-star Florida signal caller Adrian Posse departed from Auburn on Saturday.
Jeremiah 29:11 Recruitment 100% open. pic.twitter.com/XYqsIt8K1F
— Adrian Posse (@posse_adrian) January 15, 2023
Posse, who was ranked the 187th best prospect and 15th rated signal caller in 2024, had visited OSU several times before settling on Auburn. After his cancellation, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback could re-emerge as an option for the Buckeyes.