Four-Star Cornerback Jordan Hancock Flips From Clemson to Ohio State

By Zack Carpenter on July 19, 2020 at 12:00 pm
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Ohio State has reached into Clemson's pocket and snagged one of America's best cornerbacks in the 2021 class.

Jordan Hancock has flipped his commitment from Clemson to Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes their 12th top-100 player and the country's No. 6-ranked cornerback in the class of 2021.

The Hancock File

  • Class: 2021
  • Size: 6-foot-1/170 lbs
  • Pos: CB
  • School: North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: 6 CB

Hancock, who was ranked No. 294 overall, No. 24 at corner and No. 26 in Georgia in mid-January, became one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation by the time he was offered by Clemson in early January. For a while, it looked like he was a Buckeye lean until he made an unofficial visit to Clemson in March, and a commitment to Dabo Swinney's program soon followed. 

As far as Ohio State goes, Hancock told Eleven Warriors in January that the Buckeyes had long been in serious consideration for being his college of choice, way before he ever received an offer.

Then, one of the biggest turning points in his recruitment came when he took an unofficial visit to Columbus the weekend of October 25 to catch the Shoe's atmosphere for the Wisconsin game. He bonded with Ryan Day and Jeff Hafley, with whom he talked about football and playing cornerback for more than an hour, and said he didn't want to leave the conversation to fly back home to Suwanee, Ga.

“How hard they recruit me (is a big factor),” Hancock said. “When I went up there, they just showed me a lot of love. It was the best visit that I took."

Hancock, whose recruitment and communication with Ohio State began when former Buckeye recruiting assistant Jason Kwon sent him a direct message on Instagram in September, was only a three-star prospect at the time of the offer. But Hafley saw something in Hancock's game and personality that stood out, and Hancock will come to Columbus as a four-star corner who polished his game while playing at the highest level of high school football in Georgia.

OHIO STATE 2021 COMMITS
NAME POSITION OVERALL RANKING POSITION RANKING DATE OF COMMITMENT
JACK SAWYER DE No. 3 No. 3 FEBRUARY 3, 2019
KYLE MCCORD QB No. 22 No. 3 (PRO-STYLE) APRIL 30, 2019
JAYDEN BALLARD WR No. 50 No. 5 JUNE 21, 2019
BEN CHRISTMAN OG No. 114 No. 6 JUNE 26, 2019
REID CARRICO LB No. 70 No. 2 (ILB) SEPTEMBER 10, 2019
MARVIN HARRISON JR. WR No. 89 No. 14 OCTOBER 31, 2019
SAM HART TE No. 382 No. 16 DECEMBER. 30, 2019
JAYLEN JOHNSON S No. 351 No. 24 JANUARY 7, 2020
DONOVAN JACKSON OG No. 21 No. 1 JANUARY 8, 2020
MIKE HALL DT No. 55 No. 5 FEBRUARY 1, 2020
JAKAILIN JOHNSON CB No. 41 No. 4 MARCH 15, 2020
EVAN PRYOR APB No. 86 No. 2 MARCH 16, 2020
ANDRE TURRENTINE S No. 138 No. 4 MARCH 17, 2020
TREVEYON HENDERSON RB No. 16 No. 1 MARCH 27, 2020
TUNMISE ADELEYE SDE No. 31 No. 4 APRIL 15, 2020
JANTZEN DUNN S No. 203 No. 11 APRIL 20, 2020
JESSE MIRCO P No. 1,865 No. 3 MAY 6, 2020
DENZEL BURKE ATH No. 178 No. 7 (ATH) MAY 24, 2020
JORDAN HANCOCK CB No. 77 No. 6 JULY 19, 2020

The Buckeyes threw the kitchen sink at Hancock during his recruitment, as he said he has spoken with at least 10 coaches from Ohio State, a brigade led by Matt Barnes, Al Washington and, of course, Day and Kerry Coombs.

“(The coaches) really like me,” Hancock said previously. “They really want me to become a Buckeye. That’s why I really like those guys, and their history of their DBs.”

One of the biggest factors that pulled Hancock toward Columbus is the Buckeyes' major need to replenish the defensive backfield this year and next. He will have his chance to make his mark early.

“It’s a really big pull. It plays a huge factor,” Hancock said. “They’ve talked to me about Sevyn (Banks), how he’s gonna be a senior when I come. Shaun (Wade) is gonna be gone, and they signed two corners. Clark (Phillips) decommitted. Ryan (Watts III) and Lejond (Cavazos) are both coming in, and they really need me.”

Before he rose in the rankings, Hancock's offer sheet was impressive, as he held offers from Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State, Florida State and many others.

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