Five-star California running back Kendall Milton was the first of three top Ohio State 2020 running back targets to announce his commitment this week, and as expected, he picked a school other than Ohio State, choosing Georgia instead.
Committed. pic.twitter.com/rqp7xiCINy— Kendall Milton (@therealkmilt) July 30, 2019
Milton visited Columbus in April, and after his official visit on May 31, the momentum of his relationship with Ohio State seemed stronger than ever. But as the month of June passed with several official visits from top targets, including five-star running back Bijan Robinson on June 14, the focus at the position began to shift to the second running back target.
After Sunday morning, it appears the Buckeyes might not get a commitment from either five-star prospect and could also potentially miss out on the commitment of Florida four-star all-purpose back Jaylan Knighton, who was the second running back expected to commit to Ohio State.
Knighton will announce his commitment Tuesday – which is expected to be Florida State after his visit to the Seminoles' Saturday Night Live recruiting event Saturday – and Robinson will announce his Aug. 2 – which will be between Texas and USC, most likely USC if family wants him close to home.
Because Milton, and maybe the other two running backs, committed elsewhere doesn't mean Ohio State will surrender and back out of those recruitments. Talks could continue throughout the rest of the cycle, but the staff was thrown off by this weekend's news and is searching for options at the position for the class.