Dasan McCullough will be joining his father and two of his brothers at Indiana.
The four-star linebacker, who initially committed to Ohio State last August, announced Sunday he has decommitted from the Buckeyes and is now committed to the Hoosiers.
McCullough's father, Deland McCullough, rejoined the coaching staff at Indiana – where he had previously coached from 2011-16 – in February as associate head coach and running backs coach. McCullough's younger brother Daeh, a defensive back in the class of 2023, announced his commitment to the Hoosiers on April 13. McCullough's older brother Deland II, who began his collegiate career at Miami (Ohio), announced he was transferring to Indiana on Saturday.
When McCullough's father was hired by Indiana in February, McCullough shut down speculation that he would flip to the Hoosiers, telling Eleven Warriors at the time “that wasn’t gonna change anything.” He continued to deflect flip speculation after Daeh's commitment to Indiana, and attended Ohio State's spring game four days later.
During an interview with Eleven Warriors on April 11, McCullough said that while the option for him to become a Hoosier was open, his father wasn’t putting any pressure on him to flip to Indiana.
“Obviously he said it’s open if you want to. He didn’t really pressure me into doing anything because he kind of knew I was set with Ohio State, so he hasn’t tried to do anything like that,” McCullough said. “He knows how this job works. He could be somewhere any time, two years from now, anything. So he’s gonna support me in whatever I want to do in my journey.”
Ultimately, though, the chance to join his brothers and father at Indiana proved to be an opportunity McCullough couldn't pass up.
Respect it or not. I do not care. pic.twitter.com/XyCDd1kshe— Dasan Mccullough (@Dasan2022) April 25, 2021
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity I refuse to pass up,” McCullough said in the statement he tweeted on Sunday. “The chance to play under the man I looked up to my whole life is truly amazing, along with the opportunity to play with my best friends.”
Even with McCullough's departure, Ohio State's class of 2022 still includes two top-50 overall commits at linebacker in C.J. Hicks and Gabe Powers, but the Buckeyes are now likely to ramp up their pursuits of other linebackers like Shawn Murphy and Justin Medlock to add at least one more to the class.
With the decommitment, Ohio State falls to No. 3 in the rankings for the recruiting class of 2022 behind Georgia and LSU.