Four-Star 2020 Cornerback Ryan Watts Commits to Ohio State

By Zack Carpenter on October 13, 2019 at 6:04 pm
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Former Oklahoma commit and four-star 2020 cornerback Ryan Watts III has committed to Ohio State.

Watts committed to Oklahoma in April, but he reopened his recruitment by decommitting from the Sooners on Oct. 2. 

Just a couple hours before announcing his commitment to Ohio State, Watts released a statement on Twitter explaining his decision to decommit from Oklahoma.

Watts made an official visit to Ohio State for the game against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 21, and that was one of the key steps in helping jump start his decommitment from Oklahoma. 

The Watts File

  • Class: 2020
  • Size: 6-foot-2, 187 lbs
  • Pos: CB
  • School: Little Elm (Little Elm, Texas)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 19 (CB)

Watts, a 6-foot-2, 190-pounder and the No. 19 corner in the nation, also took an unofficial visit to Ohio State in the summer.

Several other programs, including Penn State and Texas A&M, had been trying to land Watts, but Ohio State won in the end.

With his commitment, Watts becomes the 24th commit in the Buckeyes’ 2020 class and its fourth defensive back. Watts coming to Columbus fills out the defensive backfield the program had been gunning to complete, as he will join lockdown four-star corner Clark Phillips III and safety-turned-corner Lejond Cavazos as the Buckeyes' three 2020 corners. 

 

Watts, Phillips and Cavazos will help reload a cornerback room that could be thin heading into next season. Damon Arnette is a senior, Jeff Okudah is a projected top-15 NFL draft pick and fellow 2017 five-star recruit Shaun Wade is also draft-eligible.

OHIO STATE 2020 COMMITS
NAME POSITION OVERALL RANKING POSITION RANKING DATE OF COMMITMENT
PARIS JOHNSON JR. OT No. 8 No. 1 JUNE 28, 2018
JACK MILLER QB No. 238 No. 11 (PRO-STYLE) JULY 1, 2018
LUKE WYPLER C No. 73 No. 1 JULY 7, 2018
JAXON SMITH-NJIGBA WR No. 62 No. 10 NOVEMBER 4, 2018
GEE SCOTT JR. WR No. 63 No. 11 DECEMBER 25, 2018
JAKOB JAMES OG No. 805 No. 49 JANUARY 21, 2019
TREY LEROUX OT N/A No. 91 MARCH 11, 2019
LEJOND CAVAZOS CB No. 242 No. 22 (S) APRIL 12, 2019
JULIAN FLEMING WR No. 3 No. 1 MAY 31, 2019
JAKE SEIBERT K N/A No. 2 JUNE 4, 2019
GRANT TOUTANT OT No. 388 No. 30 JUNE 9, 2019
TY HAMILTON DE No. 735 No. 35 (SDE) JUNE 16, 2019
CLARK PHILLIPS CB No. 45 No. 4  JUNE 21, 2019
CODY SIMON LB No. 122 No. 9 (OLB) JUNE 29, 2019
DARRION HENRY DT No. 169 No. 17 JUNE 29, 2019
JOE ROYER TE No. 463 No. 14 JULY 2, 2019
MITCHELL MELTON LB No. 667 No. 43 (OLB) JULY 3, 2019
CAMERON MARTINEZ ATH No. 371 No. 15 JULY 4, 2019
JOSH FRYAR OL No. 421 No. 23 (OG) JULY 4, 2019
MOOKIE COOPER WR No. 77 No. 14 JULY 8, 2019
LATHAN RANSOM S No. 75 No. 4 JULY 16, 2019
KOURT WILLIAMS LB No. 162 No. 12 JULY 24, 2019
JACOLBE COWAN DE No. 165 No. 15 (DT) OCTOBER 4, 2019
RYAN WATTS III CB No. 258 No. 19 OCTOBER 13, 2019

Watts, a Texas native out of Little Elm High School, will bring added depth and stability to Jeff Hafley, and the former NFL coach has another strong budding talent to mold. 

With cornerback locked down, the Buckeyes will now turn their attention to pursuing at least one running back – the top three being Miyan Williams, Jahmyr Gibbs and Kevontre Bradford (possibly in that order) – plus another defensive end like Tyler Baron and a second quarterback led by the recruitment of CJ Stroud.

The Buckeyes may not be done at cornerback, either. They have Jaiden Francois coming for an official visit on Nov. 23, but it looks like Francois may be one of the last players taken in the class if both sides decide it's a good fit.

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