Clark Phillips III, one of the top-ranked cornerbacks in the nation, verbally committed to Ohio State on Friday afternoon. 

Phillips announced his commitment on CBS Sports HQ, picking the Buckeyes over other schools, including California, Notre Dame and UCLA.

A native of La Habra, California, Phillips was scheduled to take his official visit with Ohio State later this weekend. The team held a recruiting barbecue on campus Friday afternoon for visiting high school players.

Phillips became the second defensive player in the class of 2020 to commit to the Buckeyes this week, following Ty Hamilton, a defensive end from Pickerington Central who committed on Sunday. Hamilton is the younger brother of current defensive tackle Davon Hamilton.

On the live-streamed announcement, Phillips said the coaches and the Buckeyes’ tradition swayed him.

“Everything about the program was for me,” he said. “I’m excited.”

Phillips added that he would bring “versatility” to the secondary.

The composite rankings by 247Sports rated Phillips as the fourth-best cornerback in the nation for his recruiting class.

Among the Buckeyes' previous 12 verbal commits for the 2020 class, only wide receiver Julian Fleming and offensive tackle Paris Johnson, both five-star prospects, were ranked higher.

The Buckeyes' class rose to fifth nationally in 247Sports' composite rankings following Phillips’ commitment.

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