One of Ohio State's top cornerback targets came off the board Wednesday.
Although he hadn't announced a commitment date, key 2023 Ohio State cornerback target Kayin Lee dropped a commitment on Wednesday, and it wasn’t to the Buckeyes. Rather, it was his hometown Georgia Bulldogs that landed the 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback’s verbal.
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Lee is the 121st-best prospect and the 14th-best cornerback in his class. Lee camped at Ohio State on June 2 and was offered shortly after.
Committed. pic.twitter.com/w2pWbElpnT— Kayin Lee (@_kayinlee) September 29, 2021
We’ve said it here in the past, but OSU hopes to take around two cornerbacks in the 2023 cycle. Five-star phenom AJ Harris is at the top of the Buckeyes’ wishlist, but Lee very well may have been their second-most coveted prospect. It was always going to be hard to keep Lee away from his hometown Bulldogs, though, especially since his father is a big Georgia fan.
With Lee off the board, and Harris seemingly waiting to see what eventually happens with OSU defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, OSU may need to re-evaluate its options for the 2023 cornerback class.
Other cornerbacks with OSU offers that have yet to commit (or leave OSU off a top school list) include Cormani McClain, Malik Muhammad, Christian Gray, Sharif Denson, Ethan Nation and Jshawn Frausto-Ramos.
Frazier enjoys OSU visit
Sometimes shooting your shot works, I guess.
One of Ohio State’s visitors for last weekend's Akron game was a junior running back named Logan Frazier who attends Franklin Classical School Knights, a small school in Franklin, Tennessee. Frazier’s games are rarely attended by college coaches or scouts, so the 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back has had to send out film to various colleges. He’s only recently appeared on the radar of Power Five schools and holds no Division I offers.
But because of his persistence, he has visits this fall scheduled with Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Florida State and Western Kentucky. He already visited Notre Dame two weeks ago and of course, Ohio State last weekend.
“I thought it was a great experience and great exposure to the program as an up-and-coming college athlete,” Frazier told Eleven Warriors. “I really loved the energy in the stadium and how excited the fans were. You could really feel it and the team coming out of the tunnel was amazing.”
Mark Pantoni set up Frazier’s visit and spoke with him pregame along with running backs coach Tony Alford. Neither gave him an indication of if and when an offer may come.
“They’ll keep an eye on me and I know it’s early,” Frazier said. “I know I need to continue to produce on the field, show what I have in the weight room, and continue to train hard. I also know that I need to do well in the classroom. More importantly, I know they are looking at who I am as a person and what my character is. I need to continue to demonstrate that I am the type of person they want on their team.”
Frazier has had a frustrating start to his junior season after dislocating his shoulder on a 75-yard kickoff return.
Opening play last night 75 yd return and dislocated my shoulder. So no @UKFootball visit today. Ill head up in a couple weeks. Even stranger, no refs were scheduled for the game. Which turned into a half-game scrimmage. Out a week, maybe few. So frustrating! Trusting God pic.twitter.com/OcHLlmxNlm— Logan Frazier (@loganfrazierfb) September 18, 2021
But he hopes to continue progressing in his craft and build a relationship with the OSU coaching staff.
“I am really excited about its community, fan base, and how welcoming everyone has been,” Frazier said. “Not only have I seen it in person but also the responses on social media have been great. Everyone has been really encouraging and nice. Ohio State’s reputation and history are tough to beat. To watch their energy in-person was really cool. The entire atmosphere and tradition at the game was completely different than anything I’ve ever seen.”
Grant heading to Michigan
After camping with Ohio State on June 25 and impressing the Buckeyes enough to land an offer, 2022 defensive tackle Kenneth Grant will instead be taking his talents up north. Grant gave his verbal to Michigan on Tuesday.
Grant, a 6-foot-4, 335-pound defensive tackle, is a three-star recruit rated as the 521st-best prospect nationally and the 77th-best defensive lineman in the 2022 class. While OSU has yet to land a 2022 defensive lineman, the Buckeyes have their eyes set on more highly-touted players, at least from a recruiting rankings standpoint. Top defensive line targets for Ohio State in the 2022 class include Kenyatta Jackson, Shemar Stewart, Enai White, Omari Abor, Marvin Jones Jr., Caden Curry, Hero Kanu, Chris McClellan and Christen Miller.