Kenyatta Jackson Jr., a four-star defensive end from Florida, gave Ohio State its first commitment from a defensive lineman in the class when he announced his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes on Tuesday.
Jackson Jr.'s recruitment was an arms race between Oklahoma and Ohio State. His father, Kenyatta Jackson Sr., told Eleven Warriors in July it was a “50-50” decision. While Jackson Jr. announced Alabama as a third finalist, the Crimson Tide hadn't been at the forefront of his recruitment for the past several months.
Over the summer, Jackson Jr. visited Ohio State twice, taking an unofficial visit in June and returning for an official visit in late July.