The Hurry-Up: Ohio State Commit Dijon Johnson Visiting Florida and Miami, Brock Glenn Trending Toward Ohio State, Oluwatosin Babalade Pushes Back Commitment Date

By Garrick Hodge on July 29, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Dijon Johnson

Once a prospect commits to Ohio State, Ryan Day typically disapproves of the recruit taking further visits to other schools.

That’s not stopping four-star 2023 Ohio State cornerback commit Dijon Johnson from reportedly taking two unofficial visits this weekend, though. Per On3, Johnson will visit both Florida and Miami this weekend. Johnson, who already visited the Gators earlier this week, will visit Florida Friday and Miami Saturday

With both visits scheduled for this weekend, it wouldn’t be surprising if the 6-foot-1, 190-pound prospect decommits from Ohio State soon and flips to a school in his home state.

Cornerback decommits haven’t been all that uncommon for Ohio State dating back to the last recruiting cycle. Both Jaheim Singletary and Terrance Brooks were committed to Ohio State in the 2022 class before Singletary flipped to Georgia and Brooks signed with Texas.

Ohio State has suffered some blows on the defensive side of recruiting as of late, missing out on top targets Caleb Downs, Tackett Curtis, Troy Bowles and John Walker. While the Buckeyes obviously wouldn’t be thrilled about Johnson flipping, the good news is if there’s one defensive position OSU can withstand a loss at in its current class, it’s cornerback. 

Not counting Johnson, Ohio State has three other cornerbacks committed in the 2023 class: Jermaine Matthews, Calvin Simpson-Hunt and Kayin Lee. In 247Sports’ updated composite rankings, both Matthews and Simpson-Hunt made significant jumps in their rankings from where they were ranked when they committed. 

Should Johnson decommit, it would open up a cornerback spot in Ohio State’s 2023 class. Current 2023 cornerbacks who are still uncommitted but hold OSU offers include Cormani McClain (though landing him is unlikely), Javien Toviano and Ethan Nation.  

Glenn trending toward Buckeyes

Four-star Tennessee quarterback Brock Glenn announced Thursday that he’d make his college commitment at 4 p.m. Saturday. While he set a top five of Ohio State, Florida State, Auburn, TCU and LSU, most in the recruiting industry believed it was a two-horse race for Glenn between Ohio State and Florida State. 

In the 24 hours since announcing his commitment date, all momentum has shifted to Ohio State, which has emerged as the favorite to land Glenn as a flurry of recruiting insiders have predicted he will land with the Buckeyes.

Ohio State stepped up its pursuit of Glenn in the last week or so after getting pessimistic regarding its chances of flipping Baylor commit Austin Novosad. It appears those efforts will pay off Saturday. Landing Glenn would be yet another shining example to never doubt Day and OSU quarterback coach Corey Dennis’ ability to land highly touted quarterbacks despite always boasting a talented quarterback room.    

Glenn was offered by OSU on June 7 and took an official visit to Columbus the weekend of June 17-19. The four-star talent completed 97 of 155 passes for 1,576 yards and 23 touchdowns with nine interceptions and also ran 31 times for 161 yards with three touchdowns last season for Lausanne Collegiate School (Memphis, Tennessee). 

If the predictions for Glenn come true Saturday, Day will have landed his quarterback for 2023.

Babalade pushes back decision date

The only remaining uncommitted offensive tackle who took an official visit to Ohio State this summer has pushed back his decision date. Four-star Maryland prospect Oluwatosin Babalade was originally scheduled to commit Sunday, but instead will postpone that decision to an unknown date. 

If Babalade kept his original timeline intact, his decision would almost certainly have not been Ohio State, considering he recently admitted the Buckeyes had been recruiting him less than South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Rutgers, the other four schools in his top five. While he could simply need more time to decide between those four schools, the delay gives Ohio State time to potentially get back in the race.

On Thursday, 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong placed a Crystal Ball prediction for Babalade to end up at South Carolina.

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