Antwuan Jackson passed on Ohio State his first time through the recruiting process but not the second time.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle, who signed with Auburn in 2016, announced Tuesday he has committed to the Buckeyes’ 2018 class.

He left Auburn after his freshman year in which he redshirted and transferred to Blinn Junior College in Brenham, Texas, for this season.

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That’s almost the same path OSU cornerback Kendall Sheffield took to join the Buckeyes. He signed with Alabama in 2015, redshirted, then moved back near his Texas home and attended Blinn before signing with OSU last winter.

Jackson, originally from Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Georgia, said in June that Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was blocking his transfer to any Southeastern Conference schools plus Ohio State and Clemson. That’s why he went the junior-college route.

Originally a four-star prospect according to, he was considered the ninth-best defensive tackle prospect in the nation in 2016.


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