For the second consecutive day, Ohio State added to its recruiting class for 2021 with a cornerback.
Devonta Smith, a three-star from La Salle High School in Cincinnati, announced his commitment Monday in a tweet that featured a minute-long highlight film.
“#COMMITTED,” Smith wrote in the social-media post.
He followed the commitment of JK Johnson, a St. Louis native and the nation’s fourth-ranked cornerback who committed Sunday.
The flurry of activity on the recruiting trail for Ohio State comes despite restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Coaches are prevented from meeting with high school prospects in person or hosting them on official and unofficial visits after the NCAA created a dead period last week.
All contact between the coaches and recruiting is limited to telephone calls, text messaging and social media messaging.
Running back target Evan Pryor, a four-star from North Carolina, was also scheduled to announce his decision Monday night.
Recruiting gurus have Smith, the latest cornerback commit, lower in their rankings, though he held scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame and Oklahoma, among other national powerhouses. The composite rankings from 247Sports.com pegged Smith as the nation’s 32nd-ranked cornerback.
Smith is a close friend and high school teammate of Jaylen Johnson, a safety from La Salle who committed to the Buckeyes in January.
Seven of the 12 commits in the Buckeyes’ 2021 recruiting class, which remains atop the national rankings, are from Ohio.
In the 2020 class, which capped coach Ryan Day’s first full recruiting cycle, eight of the 24 signees were from Ohio.
Between the two classes, eight are from Cincinnati.