Ohio State is keeping a foothold in the Southwest.


After signing a pair of prospects from Arizona in its last recruiting class, the Buckeyes are poised to ink another player from the state next winter.


On Sunday afternoon, Denzel Burke, a four-star cornerback out of Scottsdale, revealed his commitment in a tweet in which he thanked his parents and his sister.


"I am extremely excited and blessed to announce that I will be continuing my education and football career at THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY!!!!" he wrote.


The announcement gives the Buckeyes 19 commitments in their recruiting class for 2021, bolstering their claim to the nation’s top-ranked class. In 247Sports’ composite rankings, they remain ahead of Tennessee, Clemson, North Carolina and Southern California, which round out the top-five.


Burke is the third cornerback to commit to the Buckeyes, following Jakailin Johnson of St. Louis and Devonta Smith of Cincinnati, who pledged in March.


Listed as an "athlete" by 247Sports, Burke also played wide receiver at Saguaro High last fall after transferring from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, but he is projected to end up in Ohio State’s secondary.


Defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs was his primary recruiter.


During his junior season at Saguaro, Burke caught 12 passes for 313 yards and four touchdowns and intercepted a pair of passes.


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