Five days after de-committing from Clemson, four-star cornerback Jordan Hancock revealed plans to attend another national powerhouse.


He announced Sunday that he would head to Ohio State, flipping his commitment.


"1000% COMMITTED," Hancock tweeted. "I AM A BUCKEYE FOR LIFE."


In a move that strengthens the Buckeyes’ position to finish with the top-ranked recruiting class in the 2021 cycle, Hancock became the 19th prep prospect to join the fold, and the second cornerback.


The Buckeyes previously had two cornerbacks committed for their class of 2021 before Devonta Smith flipped to Alabama last month.


Hancock is considered one of the top cornerback recruits in the country, ranked sixth nationally at the position in 247Sports’ composite rankings.


The other Ohio State-committed cornerback is Jakailin Johnson, a four-star from St. Louis who is ranked fourth. They would become the highest-ranked duo of cornerbacks to sign with Ohio State since Jeff Okudah and Shaun Wade, who were a part of the Buckeyes' 2017 recruiting class and ranked first and second at the position, respectively.


As a junior last fall at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee, Georgia, Hancock intercepted two passes, along with totaling 15 tackles, in 10 games, according to statistics logged on MaxPreps. He listed as 6 feet 1 and 170 pounds.


He teased his announcement earlier. On Saturday, he tweeted, "I Have Made My Decision." On Friday, he tweeted a photoshopped image of himself wearing an Ohio State uniform.


Hancock committed to Clemson in March following an unofficial visit to the school.


It was a decision reached just before the coronavirus pandemic shut down spring practices across the country, including at Ohio State. He had been one of the Buckeyes’ top cornerback targets.


Clemson always had one edge over the Buckeyes: It was closer to metro Atlanta. Only about 100 miles separated the campus from Hancock’s hometown.


But geography has not always been the predominant factor in the recent recruiting battles that have emerged between the two universities.


Five-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman picked the Tigers over the Buckeyes on the first day of the early signing period in late 2017. He was from Fairfield, a suburb of Cincinnati.


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