When former Auburn defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson announced his intentions to transfer from the program in mid-May, the Tigers restricted him from transferring within the SEC or to Clemson, Georgia Southern, Mercer and Ohio State.
"My question was: Why are they blocking Ohio State for no reason?” Jackson said at the time. “They just put Ohio State on there for no reason. My question to them is why are they blocking me from a Big Ten school when they don’t have anything to do with Big Ten schools? Why didn’t they block me from Michigan or Indiana or any other Big Ten school? Why would they do that immediately?”
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Jackson, who was considered the No. 50 prospect overall in the Class of 2016, had picked Auburn over finalists Florida, Georgia and Ohio State. And it was his relationship with defensive line coach Larry Johnson that nearly landed him in Columbus the first time around.
After his appeal of the ruling was denied, Jackson — a native of Ellenwood, Georgia — enrolled at Blinn College in Texas with the intention of signing with the school of his choice this December. Among the teams vying for his signature? The Buckeyes, who offered him a scholarship on Tuesday afternoon.
The Buckeyes, you'll recall, have some recent history at Blinn, having signed four-star cornerback Kendall Sheffield — formerly of Alabama — in this year's recruiting class. Like Sheffield, Jackson would have three years of eligibility remaining once he stepped on campus.