Ohio State landed its fourth commitment in three days Tuesday with Andre Turrentine, a four-star defensive back from Nashville, adding to its top-ranked recruiting class for 2021.


"I have enjoyed each and every part of the recruiting process and I have come to a decision," Turrentine wrote on Twitter. "I will be committing to THE Ohio State University."


Most of the recent wave of commitments have involved the secondary, a push led by newly hired defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs, who also coaches the defensive backs.


It started Sunday when St. Louis cornerback JK Johnson committed, followed by Devonta Smith, a cornerback from La Salle High School in Cincinnati, on Monday.


Listed at 6 feet and 175 pounds, Turrentine is not a pure cornerback. The recruiting services project him as either a cornerback or safety at Ohio State. He is ranked as the sixth-best safety prospect in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings.


He is the 14th member for the Buckeyes' 2021 recruiting and 11th ranked in the top 150 by 247Sports. Nine are ranked in the top 100, including running back Evan Pryor, who committed Monday night.


Trailing Ohio State for the top spot in the national rankings is Clemson, which has 10 commits, including six in the top-10.


The Buckeyes first extended a scholarship offer in August to Turrentine, who is the nation’s 136th overall prospect, before his junior year at Ensworth High School, and he visited Ohio State in late November for its home game against Penn State.


Players are currently unable to visit Ohio State, along with other colleges, after the NCAA instituted a dead period last week to suspend in-person recruiting amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Before Coombs was hired by Ohio State this winter as the replacement for Jeff Hafley, the defensive co-coordinator and secondary coach who left to be the coach at Boston College, running backs coach Tony Alford had been one of the top recruiters for Turrentine.


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