Kerry Coombs is on fire.
New Orleans cornerback Jyaire Brown has committed to Ohio State, giving the Buckeyes their first commitment of the 2022 class.
Brown becomes Coombs' fifth defensive back commitment since his return to Columbus, and his second this week, following the commitment of 2021 defensive back Jantzen Dunn on Monday and from fellow 2021 defensive backs Jakailin Johnson, Devonta Smith and Andre Turrentine in March.
The Brown File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6-foot, 180 lbs
- Pos: CB
- School: Warren Easton (New Orleans, La.)
- 247Sports Rating: ★★★★
- 247Sports Rank: 16 CB
Like Coombs, Brown is a Cincinnati native, born in the Queen City and moving to Louisiana when he was 4 years old before eventually turning into the nation's 16th-ranked cornerback and top-125 recruit out of Warren Easton High School.
The 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.
He's the first player from Louisiana to commit to Ohio State since Nader Abdallah in 2004, and just the third ever, along with Jonathan Wells.
Brown was just offered by Ohio State on Friday, but his conversation with Coombs made an immediate impression on him, putting the wheels in motion for him to commit just five days later.
“Coach Coombs offered me, and man it was unreal,” Brown told Eleven Warriors over the weekend. “The feeling is unexplainable.”
Though most players who receive an Ohio State offer are enthusiastic about it, Brown was even more emotional to get an offer from the Buckeyes. It was the exclamation point on a hot recruiting week, as the young star had received offers from LSU, Alabama, Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and Florida State in a three-week period that was capped by a call from Coombs.
Brown and Coombs were connected through Warren Easton offensive coordinator Munchie LeGaux, who played quarterback at the University of Cincinnati during Coombs' final season as a Bearcats assistant in 2011.
Brown connected with Coombs even further when he found out that Coombs had attempted to recruit his cousin to join the Bearcats as a preferred walk-on years ago. That relationship built quickly enough to give Brown the confidence to end his recruitment early.
“This offer means everything to me and my family – bigger than every (other scholarship offer),” said Brown, who already has nearly 20 offers. “This is my home and can’t wait to play under Coach Coombs.”