Ohio State (22) SAF - Jayden Bonsu (****)

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    St. Peter’s Prep head coach Rich Hansen knows all too well how versatile four-star safety Jayden Bonsu can be for Ohio State.

    Bonsu, who became Ohio State’s 20th commitment in the 2023 class Sunday, played three different safety positions for St. Peter’s Prep last season and could play any of the three safety spots in defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’ scheme.

    Bonsu’s skill set reminds Hansen of current Ohio State safety Ronnie Hickman, a fellow New Jersey product who played his high school football at DePaul Catholic (Wayne, New Jersey).

    “I think they share a unique combination of size and speed and athleticism,” Hansen told Eleven Warriors. “They’re the type of guys that have bodies that you’re looking for. I think there’s a lot there. To me, I think (Jayden) is a big physical safety, but also has that positional flexibility where at our level or the next level he can play wherever you ask him. A lot like Ronnie had to do last year for Ohio State because of the injuries and different stuff that was going on on the defensive side of the ball for Ohio State. (Jayden is) a similar kid that will never ever second guess what coaches are asking of him and skill set-wise can play everything.”

    Bonsu’s recruitment was fast and furious, as his breakout junior season resulted in him picking up more than 20 Division I offers, including Ohio State in December. As he narrowed things down, the two programs that stuck out the most were Miami and OSU. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety originally set a commitment date for July 20 before later postponing it by three weeks. Had he kept his original commitment date, Bonsu likely would have selected Miami.

    “It definitely was a really tough decision,” Hansen said. “I think he went back and forth a little bit internally. He hasn’t said that, but I got the feeling that at certain points over the last month and a half he was leaning in both directions. I think both staffs did an unbelievable job of recruiting him and made it hard for him to make a decision one way or another.

    “I think in the end, Ohio State has so much to offer complete package-wise. It just makes so much sense. But when you come down to the final three or four types of programs he was looking at, there’s no bad decision.”

    During his announcement Sunday, Bonsu said one of the main reasons he picked Ohio State was because his relationship with safeties coach Perry Eliano and Ryan Day were “second to none.” Hansen echoed those sentiments, praising the job both did recruiting the talented defensive prospect.

    “They’ve been awesome,” Hansen said. “Coach Eliano has been here as many times as he could. He was here as early as anybody (was). He did a great job with him and expressed what he thought of him and how serious he is about him. Coach Day did the same. So I think they identified him pretty early, stayed on him and were honest with him. They didn’t change their story, their vision or their plans for the way they see him in their program. It was very consistent over the last six months or so.”

    With his recruitment now behind him, Bonsu will now turn his attention to turning in one final standout prep season. After that, he’ll arrive at Ohio State with the mindset of getting on the field however he can.

    “I’m pretty sure they’ve told him just safety in general,” Hansen said when asked if Ohio State had told Bonsu what safety position it would prefer to have him start his career at. “But again, his biggest thing stepping into a program like Ohio State will be ‘How can I compete? Where can I get anywhere on the depth chart where I’m getting meaningful practice reps and get ready to play?’ He’s a kid that’s going to do whatever it takes.”
     
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    Hillside (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep defeated Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic 23-10. Safety Jayden Bonsu had a big game with 12 tackles including a sack and another tackle for loss.
     
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    Hillside (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep defeated Morristown (N.J.) Delbarton 32-27. Safety Jayden Bonsu had a big game making 15 tackles including a half sack and 2 ½ tackles for loss. He also had a pass break-up.
     
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    Four-star Hillside (NJ) St. Peters Prep safety Jayden Bonsu lost their second game of the season on Friday in a 35-26 final against Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep.

    Bonsu has had a monster senior season so far, however, with 36 total tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
     
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    Four-star Hillside (N.J.) St Peters Prep. safety Jayden Bonsu was on a bye week this week. Bonsu returns to action this Friday against Paramus (N.J.) Catholic.
     

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