Ohio State '22 FL DE (RS SO) - Kenyatta Jackson

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    Add another key Ohio State target to the list of recruits visiting campus this week.

    Four-star edge rusher Kenyatta Jackson Jr. will head to Columbus for an official visit on Wednesday, his father Kenyatta Jackson Sr. told Eleven Warriors on Monday.

    “We got a call from (OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson) that they were having an event and gave us a special invitation,” Jackson Sr. said. “I made it my business to make that happen. We will be there this week and this weekend.”

    This visit may be essential in locking down Jackson Jr., considering Jackson Sr. told Eleven Warriors his son is down to two teams: Ohio State and Oklahoma.

    “It’s 50-50,” Jackson Sr. said.

    Jackson Jr., the 76th-rated prospect in the class of 2022 and the seventh-best edge recruit according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, visited Columbus in late June. While on the visit, Jackson Sr. realized it would be special to watch his son play for Johnson and the Buckeyes.

    “You have the best defensive line coach in the country,” he said. “He produces more defensive linemen to the NFL than any other. But most of all, everything is authentic from the head coach to the defensive line coach.”

    Hailing from Hollywood, Florida, Jackson Jr. is teammates with OSU defensive back 2022 commit Ryan Turner at Chaminade-Madonna Prep. The pair have been friends since they were 13 years old.

    “I’m going to give him the option to make a grown man business decision,” Jackson Sr. said. “He’ll have to live with it when he makes choices. We broke everything down to a narrow path and now we’re tunneling it to making a decision between now and during the season. But it’s on him.”

    Of course, Jackson Jr.’s other final school of choice has been in the news quite a bit in the past week. Oklahoma, along with Texas, are taking steps to bolt the Big 12 for the SEC, which has plenty of ramifications on college football collectively as a whole.

    But the potential conference shakeup will have zero impact on Jackson Jr.’s decision, Jackson Sr. said.

    “That’s a good move for Oklahoma, but of course it probably won’t be official for a year or two,” Jackson Sr. said. “But if it does happen, they will compete, because they’re doing a very good job at recruiting kids. The kids they’re recruiting right now they hope don’t decommit between now and National Signing Day. But they’re tremendous, you can’t say anything negative about Oklahoma right now. I do think they’ll compete in the SEC just based on how things are going with recruiting.”

    Another recruiting nugget: Clemson was said to be high on Jackson Jr.’s list early in the process, but Jackson Sr. said the Tigers were hampered by Dabo Swinney’s policy of not allowing any official visits in June and because “some things didn’t go as planned on their side.”

    OSU, who already has 17 commits for 2022, has yet to receive a verbal from a defensive line prospect. Other top defensive line targets include Caden Curry, Hero Kanu, Chris McClellan and Enai White.
     
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    Kenyatta Jackson won’t make a commitment until ‘at least’ September
    There were a number of Ohio State 2022 commitments in town for the Buckeyes Bash and BBQ on Thursday and every single one of them was working hard to convince Florida 4-star edge rusher Kenyatta Jackson that he needs to join the Buckeyes commit list soon.

    Maybe he will, but it won’t be anytime real soon according to his father, Kenyatta Jackson, Sr.

    “My son enjoyed himself, most definitely,” Jackson Sr. told Lettermen Row. “But there will be no decision until after Sept. 11.”

    That is the day that the 6-foot-5, 231-pound Jackson makes his next visit to Oklahoma. The Sooners are hosting Western Carolina that day and reportedly have a big recruiting weekend planned that day. Oklahoma and Ohio State are very likely the top two schools in this race and that weekend will play a big part in its outcome.

    Jackson was back in Columbus for the second time this summer. He visited Ohio State for an official visit last month along with teammate — and Buckeyes commit — Ryan Turner.
     
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    Kenyatta Jackson Sr., the father of talented 2022 defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr., said a few weeks ago that he was “making it his mission” to get his son to attend Ohio State.

    The seventh-rated edge rusher and the 75th-best prospect in the class of 2022 is in the final stages of his recruitment. Jackson Sr. told Eleven Warriors recently that Jackson Jr. is down to OSU and Oklahoma, with it being a “50-50” heat.

    So that’s why the Jacksons’ visit to Columbus on July 28 was so critical. The pair left campus feeling confident about the Buckeyes.

    “Visit went tremendous,” Jackson Sr. said. “It was magnificent in everything that took place. I can’t complain, my son loved it. Of course, the coaches were happy also.”


    Jackson Jr.’s official visit came as a host of other recruits also visited campus for the Buckeye Bash & BBQ, including his Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Florida) teammate and Ohio State defensive back commit Ryan Turner. The duo have been friends since they were 13 years old.

    It was Jackson Jr.’s second visit to Columbus of the summer after the four-star recruit took a trip to campus in late June.

    “Both visits are business moves, that’s how I take it, but this one was more of a fun festivity with the recruits and coaches,” Jackson Sr. said. “We had a mini cookout and dodgeball, knockout shootout with basketballs in the gym, players vs. the coaches.”

    Both Jacksons also had a meeting with OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson. Johnson is one of the main reasons OSU has made the younger Jackson’s final two.

    “Every time we get around him, it’s something about coach Larry Johnson,” Jackson Sr. said. “He has heavy wisdom, we love everything about him. He’s a great mentor and authentic model for recruits. I can trust my son with coach Larry Johnson from afar if my son decides to go to Ohio State.”

    A third visit this year will be coming. It’s just a matter of when.

    “Most definitely,” Jackson Sr. said of attending a game in the fall. “We should be there during the season. It’ll have to be based off my son’s schedule. We’ll see if they have a bye week. Once that happens, I hope we can get to a home game.”

    Although the Oregon game is a popular game for prospective recruits to attend, that one will be off the table for the Jacksons. Instead, they will be attending Oklahoma’s home matchup against Western Carolina on Sept. 11.
     
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    JACKSON JR. RACKS UP FOUR SACKS
    It’s hard to imagine four-star 2022 defensive lineman Kenyatta Jackson Jr. having a better performance than he did in Chaminade-Madonna’s (Hollywood, Florida) 30-13 victory over Western (Davie, Florida). Jackson Jr. finished the night with four sacks en route to helping his team to a 2-0 start. Here’s one of Jackson Jr.’s four sacks.

    Jackson Jr.’s father, Kenyatta Jackson Sr., told Eleven Warriors earlier this month his son is down to Oklahoma and Ohio State, with it being a 50-50 decision. The 78th-best player and seventh-best edge rusher in the 2022 cycle has plans to visit both Oklahoma and OSU this fall.

     
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    A decision could be coming sooner rather than later for Kenyatta Jackson Jr.

    The 2022 four-star defensive end has been 50-50 on deciding between Oklahoma and Ohio State since July, according to his father, Kenyatta Jackson Sr. Jackson Sr. also said back in July a commitment could come “between tomorrow and the end of the year.”

    On Friday, Jackson Sr. told Eleven Warriors his son could be committed to one of those two schools before November, a timeline that’s contingent on the family getting a chance to attend an Oklahoma game before the month concludes. Whenever Jackson Jr. makes it to Norman to attend a Sooner game, Jackson Sr. estimates he’ll announce a verbal commitment shortly afterward once the family returns home.

    Jackson Jr. had a visit to Oklahoma penciled in for Sept. 11, but the family wasn’t able to make it. The duo are making it a priority to visit Oklahoma a second time before deciding between the Buckeyes and the Sooners.

    The younger Jackson took official visits to both Oklahoma and Ohio State over the summer, but also visited OSU a separate time in an unofficial capacity.

    “I’m trying to make it my business to make (a visit to Oklahoma) happen as soon as possible,” Jackson Sr. said. “We’ve been to Ohio State twice now, so the focus is on trying to catch a game at Oklahoma as soon as possible. Whatever happens after that, happens. Everything is still 50-50.”

    Oklahoma plays at home twice in October: Oct. 16 against TCU and Oct. 30 against Texas Tech. While Oklahoma will likely get the final visit before Jackson Jr. makes a decision, Jackson Sr. emphasized the Sooners are not ahead of the Buckeyes and everything is still at a dead heat.

    The family is in contact with both Oklahoma and Ohio State nearly three to four times a week and Jackson Sr. says there’s no other school in the conversation, even though the last top three Jackson Jr. put out also included Alabama.

    “I told him you can only pick one school, you can’t pick two … He’s over here like ‘Man, I don’t know what to do.’ I’m just like ‘Man, go with your gut.’ You can’t go wrong with either one of them,” Jackson Sr. said.

    Jackson Jr., a Hollywood, Florida resident, is the 78th-best prospect and the seventh-best defensive end in the 2022 class according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. OSU doesn’t yet have any defensive line commits in the current recruiting class, and between ends and tackles, the Buckeyes would like to take around five.

    Top defensive line targets for Ohio State in the 2022 class besides Jackson Jr. include Shemar Stewart, Enai White, Omari Abor, Marvin Jones Jr., Caden Curry, Hero Kanu, Chris McClellan and Christen Miller.
     
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    JACKSON TO ANNOUNCE COMMITMENT TUESDAY
    While adding a quarterback to the 2022 class would be beneficial, the defensive line remains Ohio State’s biggest need for the cycle. As you’re undoubtedly sick of reading about by now, Ohio State still does not yet have any defensive line commits in the 2022 class.

    That could finally change on Tuesday.

    Kenyatta Jackson, who’s ranked as the No. 78 overall prospect in the 2022 class, is set to announce his commitment on CBS Sports HQ on Tuesday.

    While Alabama is listed as a finalist, Jackson’s father has told Eleven Warriors that the decision will be made between Ohio State and Oklahoma.

    The Buckeyes are emerging as the favorite. Over the past two days, five 247Sports insiders have made Crystal Ball predictions that Jackson will choose Ohio State.

    If Jackson, a defensive end ranked as the No. 7 edge defender in 247Sports’ composite rankings, picks the Buckeyes, he would join Chaminade-Madonna Prep teammate Ryan Turner in Ohio State’s recruiting class of 2022.
     
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    You already know the narrative by now.

    Ohio State has yet to land a defensive lineman in its 2022 recruiting class. Considering the Buckeyes would like to land around five and it’s certainly the biggest remaining need of the cycle, that could be seen as worrisome. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, that drought may be over in less than 24 hours.

    As Dan Hope graciously informed you on Friday while I was in Florida, 2022 four-star defensive end Kenyatta Jackson Jr. will make his college decision at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jackson’s father told Eleven Warriors last week.

    Jackson Jr., who is rated as the No. 78 prospect nationally and profiles as the class’ seventh-best edge rusher per 247Sports’ composite rankings, has been 50/50 on Oklahoma and OSU dating back to July. While Alabama has been announced as one of his top three finalists, the Crimson Tide have not really been in consideration for months.

    If Jackson Jr. commits to OSU, he’d join Chaminade-Madonna Prep teammate and cornerback Ryan Turner in Ohio State’s recruiting class of 2022.

    Several Crystal Ball projections from 247Sports have predicted Jackson Jr. lands with the Buckeyes. When Jackson Sr. last spoke to Eleven Warriors, he said his son would be ready to announce a commitment after the two experienced a gameday atmosphere in Oklahoma. Seeing as the family announced their plans to announce a verbal before ever reaching Norman, that seems to bode well for Ohio State’s prospects of landing the 6-foot-5, 231-pound standout.
     
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