The 2018 recruiting class for Ohio State is stacking up to be another top 2 class for Urban Meyer and the Buckeye coaches. With the addition of Junior College standout, tackle Antwuan Jackson, they now rank first nationally according to many ranking services.
The loss to Oklahoma has decreased OSU’s ability to get big name recruits as they grabbed Jackson on Tuesday, three days after the home loss.
Long Road to Ohio State
Jackson was recruiting by the Buckeyes in 2016 but selected Auburn. He left Auburn after one year as a redshirt and played for Blinn College last season. He re-entered recruitment as one of the best in the country at this position and Ohio State offered him a scholarship again. He committed two weeks after receiving the offer.
Already into the season at Blinn, he has 15 tackles and 3 sacks in 2 games.
Blinn College was also the school of current Ohio State corner Kendall Sheffield. So there is some familiarity between the coaches at the colleges.
Jackson joins Taron Vincent from Bradenton Florida as two defensive tackles in the class of 2018.
At 6’3” and 305 lbs., he was a four star recruit coming out of Georgia in 2016. His senior year at Cedar Grove in Ellenwood, he had 50 tackles for loss.
Considered to be a little small for the position, he is aggressive, uses leverage well, and is powerful pushing lineman back.
When Jackson left Auburn he was banned from joining Ohio State or any SEC teams. The ban on Ohio State seemed odd as Auburn does not have much connection to the Buckeyes.
Jackson might be a candidate to start right away in Columbus as he will have had two years of college football and training under his belt when he arrives.