The past month of quarantine has been a productive stretch for the Ohio State football team on the recruiting trail.
It has been an especially fruitful period in its pursuit of defensive backs.
On Monday, the Buckeyes garnered a commitment from Jantzen Dunn, a four-star athlete from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Dunn played wide receiver and safety at South Warren High School, but he is expected to be featured in the secondary once he enrolls in college.
With Dunn in the fold, four of the seven high school players from the class of 2021 to commit to Ohio State since mid-March have been defensive backs.
The Buckeyes have 17 total commitments in the class, which remains No. 1 in the nation in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Dunn held scholarship offers from several other blue-blood programs, including Alabama and Oklahoma, before picking the Buckeyes.
He is the third-ranked prospect in Kentucky in his class, per the composite rankings. The Buckeyes also have targeted Jager Burton, a four-star offensive guard from Lexington who is the state’s top prospect and remains uncommitted.
The secondary is an area of need for Ohio State during this recruiting cycle as it lost three of its four starters from last season’s team and returners Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint were dismissed from the team in February after they were arrested and later indicted on rape and kidnapping charges.