Little Elm (Texas) cornerback Ryan Watts has announced a commitment to Ohio State. Watts, who originally committed to Oklahoma but decommitted on Oct. 2, just less than two weeks after making an official visit to Ohio State.
Watts completes a super secondary haul in the Buckeyes’ 2020 recruiting class. Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley wanted to land two outstanding outside cornerbacks and one inside corner. With Watts and Lejond Cavazos who previously committed to the Buckeyes, Hafley has his two outside corners. With the previously committed Clark Phillips, Hafley has a great inside cornerback who is also capable of playing outside corner.
Hafley and head coach Ryan Day also have a commitment from one of the country’s elite safeties in Lathan Ransom, a commitment from a very talented “bullet” safety/linebacker in Kourt Williams, and a commitment from a super athlete in Cameron Martinez who is likely to play safety for the Buckeyes.
Watts was the last piece and the Buckeyes have long have had him targeted to flip from the Sooners.
“I found that I bonded well with coach Hafley,” Watts told Bucknuts after his Ohio State official visit. “And I got along really well with the players. My host was Cam Brown. I hung out with a lot of the DB’s.”
Watts made his Ohio State official visit when the Buckeyes played Miami of Ohio State – a game that saw OSU dominate with a 76-5 win.
“It was a good game,” Watts said. “The defense played really well. The defense was strong and the offense was overpowering.”
The 6-foot-2 and 187-pound Watts is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. He is the country’s No. 257 overall prospect, the No. 19 cornerback and the No. 41 prospect in Texas.
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Watts joins a Buckeye recruiting class that now has 24 verbal commitments. The 24 are quarterback Jack Miller, wide receivers Julian Fleming, Gee Scott Jr. and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, slot receiver Mookie Cooper, tight end Joe Royer, offensive linemen Paris Johnson, Grant Toutant, Trey Leroux, Luke Wypler, Jakob James and Josh Fryar, defensive ends Darrion Henry and Jacolbe Cowan, defensive end/tackle Ty Hamilton, linebackers Cody Simon and Mitchell Melton, cornerbacks Cavazos and Phillips, safety Ransom, safety/bullet Williams, athlete Martinez and kicker Jake Seibert. Those 24 represent some of the country’s top class of 2020 talent. Ryan Day, Mark Pantoni and the Ohio State staff have a class that is currently ranked No. 3 in the country in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings with a few spots left to fill for the staff.