Four-star 2023 Cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt Commits to Ohio State

By Garrick Hodge on June 30, 2022 at 4:04 pm
Calvin Simpson-Hunt commits to Ohio State.

Ohio State has successfully flipped one of its top remaining cornerback targets.

Since November, four-star Texas cornerback Calvin Simpson-Hunt had been committed to Texas Tech and was seemingly firm in his pledge to the Red Raiders. That is, until Ohio State came along. 

The Buckeyes offered Simpson-Hunt late in the process, extending him a scholarship offer on May 4, and the 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback couldn’t ignore the rich tradition and developmental track record Ohio State offers. Simpson-Hunt only took two official visits this summer, one to Ohio State on June 17-19, and then a final visit to Texas Tech last weekend to hear one final recruiting pitch from the Red Raiders. 

The Simpson-Hunt File

  • Class: 2023
  • Size: 6-0/175
  • Pos: Cornerback
  • School: Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)
  • Star Rating: ★★★★
  • Composite Rank: #173 (#22 CB)

But Simpson-Hunt had heard what he needed to from OSU cornerbacks coach Tim Walton on his official visit and officially decommitted from Texas Tech then flipped to the Buckeyes on Thursday, though the Red Raiders made several last-minute attempts to keep his commitment. To put it simply, Simspon-Hunt is a player OSU felt it needed to have in its 2023 recruiting class. 

According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Simpson-Hunt is considered the 173rd-best player and the 22nd cornerback in the 2023 cycle. He’s the third cornerback in the current class to give their verbal to Ohio State, joining four-star Florida prospect Dijon Johnson and four-star Georgia talent Kayin Lee. He’s the 15th commit total in the Buckeyes’ 2023 cycle. 

Pos Name Rating Rank Size School
WR BRANDON INNISS ★★★★★ #18 NATL | #2 WR 6-0 | 190 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
WR CARNELL TATE ★★★★★ #28 NATL | #3 WR 6-2 | 185 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
OT LUKE MONTGOMERY ★★★★ #42 NATL | #4 OT 6-5 | 280 Findlay (Findlay, OH)
WR NOAH ROGERS ★★★★ #50 NATL | #9 WR 6-2 | 180 Rolesville (Rolesville, NC)
CB DIJON JOHNSON ★★★★ #95 NATL | #11 CB 6-1 | 190 Wharton (Tampa, FL)
TE TY LOCKWOOD ★★★★ #131 NATL | #8 TE 6-5 | 225 Independence (Thompson's Station, TN)
CB KAYIN LEE ★★★★ #145 NATL | #18 CB 6-2.5 | 175 Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, GA)
S MALIK HARTFORD ★★★★ #149 NATL | #8 S 6-2.5 | 175 Lakota West (West Chester, OH)
CB CALVIN SIMPSON-HUNT ★★★★ #173 NATL | #22 CB 6-0 | 175 Waxahachie (Waxahachie, Texas)
IOL JOSHUA PADILLA ★★★★ #180 NATL | #8 IOL 6-4 | 265 Wayne (Dayton, OH)
S CEDRICK HAWKINS ★★★★ #210 NATL | #14 S 6-0 | 175 Cocoa (Cocoa, FL)
RB MARK FLETCHER ★★★★ #219 NATL | #10 RB 6-1 | 225 American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
OL AUSTIN SIEREVELD ★★★★ #222 NATL | #9 IOL 6-5 | 320 Lakota East (Middletown, OH)
WR BRYSON RODGERS ★★★★ #270 NATL | #32 WR 6-0.5 | 175 Wiregrass Ranch (Zephyrhills, FL)
DL WILL SMITH JR. ★★★ #451 NATL | #55 DL 6-3 | 260 Dublin Coffman (Dublin, OH)
Prospect Rating Data: 247Sports

With Simpson-Hunt in the fold, the Buckeyes re-take the lead for the No. 1 overall recruiting class ranking in 2023 in the 247Sports national rankings, surpassing Notre Dame after the Fighting Irish had originally surpassed the Buckeyes after landing two commitments this week. Now that Simpson-Hunt has officially given his word to join the Buckeyes, OSU will now try to finish off its 2023 cornerback class by landing one more cornerback, which will likely be either Jermaine Mathews or Daniel Harris.

Both Mathews and Harris have decision dates lined up for Friday, so OSU's cornerback corps in 2023 will likely be full by the end of the weekend. The likeliest outcome is Mathews committing to Ohio State and Harris pledging to Georgia. 

Simpson-Hunt joined Ohio State over the likes of Texas Tech, Alabama, Arizona State, Baylor, Boston College, Florida, Houston, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Texas, USC, Utah and Utah State.

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